Located adjacent to the Met Hotel, the Met Bar and Grill is a pub where you can watch sports or pay-per-view events on large screen TV’s, play a game of pool, or have a delicious meal.
New West, love it or hate it, but after Gastown it has more heritage buildings and great old spaces than anywhere else in the Lower Mainland. The Met is one of those. Had halibut and chips in the rennovated bar yesterday. The food was quite good. The halibut done to a turn with only a hint of batter and fresh caesar salad for $12--it was great. The room looks better than it used to. A dozen beers on tap, a great courtyard area and daily specials make for a great pub stop, especially in summer.
Hungry for beef dip, I entered the Met Bar & Grill. Immediately as I sat down I was met with hostility. Incidentally, I am a disabled minority and am not sure which was met with anger.
I was asked to take off my corrective eye gear, for which I have a doctors note stating I need them at all times, in order for him to “see that you[I] won’t cause any trouble.”
I didn’t ask for alcohol despite it being a bar and grill. I have never caused trouble in any other bar or club so therefore he had no reason to suspect the worse of me.
Narrowing down causes for hostility, this leaves only two immediate possibilities: prejudice against my corrective eye wear, and racism.
I removed my corrective eye wear for him and is unclear to my why I stayed. Possibly to prove I had no hostility. Possibly because I had been craving beef dip and was hungry.
Now to comment on the food: it was edible but over priced for what it was.
Aside from the person who showed unnecessary hostility, the food came prompt and the chefs seem on the ball.
The ambiance was average. Nothing stood out, but nothing was bad.
We went here Sat afternoon to sit on the patio then shoot some pool.
Pros: cute with palm trees and in the back away from street traffic.
Cons: The patio has a smoking section. yuck!
I had a burger, and they had a special on $10 for a burger and a beer. Great deal! I have a gluten intolerance, so they offered for my friend to have the beer instead, I had the burger with no bun. It was good and the bbq sauce was tasty.
If you like beer you're in luck at this place, they have a huge beer selection and my friends were very happy about that.
Our server was great, on top of things and very friendly.
I'll be back to shoot pool, have a drink or two and enjoy the palm trees on the patio.
I've been to the Met several times over the last three years; close to home, reasonable prices.
The first few times I went to the Met they had very good fish and chips with a large salad, and dreadful, awful burgers -- beef burgers tasted like cardboard; chicken burgers were like Shake 'n' Bake.
They've undergone a fairly recent management change and it really shows. The burgers are really good now -- big, juicy, very tasty, and the menu undergoes frequent changes on a semi-weekly (I think) basis, with some interesting experiments in uniqueness -- not always successful, but usually at least good and certainly interesting.
The service has always been variable, even from the servers who recognize me (slightly) and who have been there ever since I first went. There has been one server recently who is superb, but she's only in occasionally and I suspect will move on to something more suiting her professional skills.
Prices are good, better than several other pubs in town (I think).
I don't like the ambience much. I know it's a pub, but there could be some improvements I think.
The Met is an average pub with fairly standard greasy pub food. The best part about it is the cool older building that it is in, although the layout inside is somewhat cramped. The location close to skytrain is also convenient. It's worth checking out for a drink or two, although Heritage Grill down the street has a funkier atmosphere and better food.
I went there on Boxing day around 7pm since all the other places were closed and about to be closed. I had no choice but to check this place out. I ordered a veggie burger with fries. Instead the server brought us veggie sandwiches on foccacia bread. The sandwiches were cheap looking (only had a small slice of camembert cheese, a cucumber slice, a grilled eggplant slice, and tons of butter and NO VEGGIE PATTY) and I could have stayed home and made a better tasting sandwich.
Also, it seemed like the cook took the fries and dumped a can of salt on them my friend didn't bother eating his fries, the appetizer was really disgusting too it was bruscetta with vinger and small tomato chunks. My friend and I have decided to never return to this place.
The Met Bar and Grill is my favorite watering hole in New Westminster. Really good food, decent prices and the staff are really friendly. Recently they started changing up stuff on the menu every week which is cool since they have the best pub food in New West. The other cool thing is that its right beside a skytrain station which makes it easy to get to and leave from. Lastly the patio is great in the summer for lounging around with friends, enjoying a few cold ones. Check this place out, its awesome..
I love The Met. The food is very good pub fare, with some exceptional hits and a couple of misses. The pizza; not so good. The burgers; friggin' awesome! The bartenders are all very friendly and always willing to chat about anything. And the servers are all very friendly, and also very pretty. The bar really stands out during Canucks PPV games when it is filled to the brim with cheering hockey fans. The other night when the bar is at it's best is for UFC pay-per-views. Get there early if you plan on getting a good seat at the bar in front of the huge 50" flat screen! MMA fans have a reason to rejoice in New Westminster because The Met is your UFC headquarters. All the bartenders are fans and will talk to you about what's happening during the show and the place gets full, literally standing room only, come fight time. Like I said, get there early if you want a table.
For it's good food, awesome service, incredible ambiance during Canucks games and UFC fights and eclectic mix of friendly locals, The Met Bar & Grill is clearly the best pub in downtown New Westminster.
My first visit to the Met was kinda a n accident. Me and my wife dropped in on our way back from the airport, since there was a bad traffic jam in Maple Ridge we decided for an early dinner.
The Pub itself is kinda 60's looking, but the staff was very friendly, and made us feel compfertable choosing a table.
The real shocker was the food. When asking the server what was good, the answer was first.....everything...followed by a smile...and then the recomendation was the beef dip. Ok beef dip it is then, why not it is just a pub, right? Wrong..It was the best beefdip ever. After asking the server what the secret was, she said that the chef roast whole prime ribs and shaves the roast just to use for the beef dip. The gravy was home made and the bread comes from a local italian bakery...WOW...my wife had a salad with a home made pommegranite dressing and some garlic bread made of Potato dough. Again something that is not typical in a pub.
We went back to the Met 4 days later and had another fantastic meal. The Met has become a favourite destination for us although we live in Maple Ridge. The attached Liqour store somewhat hides the Pub because it takes up the entire Buildings front. Popping into the Liqour store we found a nice wine and ber selection. Lots of the labels I have never seen at a goverment store. For people with an interrest in not every day wines and beer, might be able to find something new. Overall it is really worth the trip, and I think the Met is somewhat of a well keeped secret New West.
I've been going there for years and they just built a liquor store. Right next to Columbia Sky Train Stn, a few blocks from the Royal City Star riverboat casino and night clubs and the Paramount and Douglas College and the Keg and the New West Quay. A nice area with many other restaurants to choose from.
The bartenders are always up for a chat. There's a patio and it's great in the summer.
I recommend the beer, the hard liquor and the salads. And you can always catch up with the community news in the Lower Mainland.:)