The Terminal Pub has been a New Westminster institution since 1940. It was recently renovated and also has a liquor store next door. Formerly called the Old Terminal Pub.
At one time this was a dump, but new owners have done an impressive job. Now it is a chic pub with a young upscale customer base. Staff is friendly and they have a smart separate area for private parties, plus a patio.
The dry ribs are excellent. My partner's burger was great, but my steak was overcooked. Next time I would order the burger or pulled pork sandwich where overcooking doesn't matter.
They took the price of the steak off the bill as they hadn't cooked it properly which is good customer service.
There is lots of parking at the back, and you reach the pub via Auckland street.
For so many years, the Terminal Hotel and attached beer parlour/bar were by-words for "eeewwwww". One would not want to touch too many things in there, nor would you want to venture in if your scuzzy-meter was working...
New days, new Terminal. No seedy hotel anymore, just a very nice pub close by the newer developments on the New Westminster waterfront.
The Other Half and I had driven by, noticed the new paint job, noticed "hotel" was gone from the name, noticed the lack of "seedy", and thought we might stop by. Lunch time mid-week, and we finally made it there. A few other patrons, not too busy.
NICE renovations. Everything very clean, tidy and modern. Washrooms impeccable. Not too busy, but it WAS mid-week, mid-day. I ordered the "let's-try-it-out" steak sandwich with fries. OH had perogies and chorizo sausage. Food was very good, service was very timely,open and friendly. Apparently, this new version has been in operation since early in the year. I'm thinking an aggressive advertising campaign might be in order.
If you are driving by and wonder why that building is still standing, drop on in. Nice place, nice people, decent food.
We went on a Sunday late AM for brunch/lunch. It was quiet. My wife had breakfast and for $10 it was good. I had the burger and poutine for $15+. Pretty good although the gravy was out of a package and the potatoes starchy. Also pricey for what you get. Service was friendly but sparing. Perhaps they were getting ready for the day. This, of course, is far different than when it was a dump with the reno and all but it did have a lot of character before. Now it's just a nice looking pub, like all the others. If I'm in the area I may go back but would never make a point of it.
Joined friends for lunch here for the first time. You would never know what the inside looks like from looking at it from the outside. A lot of scratch made food, just amazing burger. The best hot wings I have had in a while. Nice service, friendly. I have not been at night before, so maybe more pub like then, but we have been back several times and we will be back again for sure.
This pub used to scream scuzzy and I wouldn't go anywhere near it. Then I saw that they were renovating it. hmm...maybe it's time to try it out.
So my b/f and I went there for dinner one night. The place looks amazing! A huge fireplace, a great bar, and railway ties which was a nice touch.
There was also live music that night, a girl playing an acoustic guitar. Very nice.
Service was a little hit and miss, we had to wait quite a while for our bill, but our server was very nice.
Food was really good. The menu is still quite limited, but there's the standard pub fare on it. I had a burger and fries and my b/f had the fish and chips. The fish and chips were done in a Rickard's White batter, I had a taste and that's what I'll be ordering next time. It was so big that he couldn't finish the whole thing. My burger was very tasty and the fries were crisp and yummy.
Next time we're in that part of town we'll head on over.
I like the choice of pubs in New West, there is something for every taste. There’s cheap and reliable like the Duck or the Moonrakers, the Heritage Grill with its live music every night, and there is the more “upscale”, newly renovated Old Terminal Pub.
The Old Terminal has the type of food you’d expect to find in a pub: burgers, sandwiches, appies, etc, but also offers more creative dishes such as a pulled pork poutine (which is actually quite delicious). When I went, I had the spicy green beans (which aren’t really spicy but are still very good). Some of the people I was with had the nachos and they looked phenomenal. The crab dip also looked terrific. Another friend once had the salmon sandwich and said it was great. I can’t wait to try more of what’s on their menu. They have a nice selection of beers at reasonable prices, a good wine selection and quite the drink list.
The service is great. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I definitely have nothing bad to say about the service. Our server said she loved working there and that if she wasn’t working she’d probably just come to hang out anyways. I believe her, she seemed happy and cheerful. She was also quite nice and patient when our slightly drunk party left about 45 minutes after the bar was technically closed…
Value is there. It’s not dirt cheap but it’s not really expensive either. Prices are reasonable.
The ambiance is great. I haven’t been there before the renovations but the place looks really good with nice stone walls and dark hard wood. The place is impeccably clean too. The music is fine, my friends were impressed that they played modern indie rock and things like that. Not really my cup of tea but it did fit well with the atmosphere of the place, and it was not so loud that we’d have to scream at each other. They also have a couple of flatscreen TVs showing different sports.
I will definitely, definitely go back. I am looking forward to it.
Only negative: it closes really early (midnight on a Friday night!!) so get there early to enjoy as much food and drinks as possible.
reading reviewers of the old terminal beer parlour call it scuzzy and 'wouldn't want to touch anything there' etc., wondering how these delicate people manage to survive. the terminal was a working man's beer parlour; the bums and lowlife never came in. they were pretty decent family guys who maybe weren't in suits/ties but work clothes making an honest living. we had a lot of fun there in the 50's - it was rough and edgy but there was a lot of respect and a good place for a glass of beer. maybe those reviewers should drink in their fern bars and leave the real world to us. btw, i haven't been in the terminal since it was renovated and maybe its time.
We ate at the newly renovated Terminal Pub the other night and really enjoyed it. We were very impressed with the ambiance of the pub...a stylish and elegant sort of feel as opposed to the many dingy pubs that are out there. It would be great place to comfortably hang out with friends. The food was delicious...I had the Cajun Chicken Club! Our server was very helpful, friendly, and checked back with us numerous times. I wouldn't say the pub is a cheap place to eat, but it's also not overly expensive, and the portions aren't too big or too small...a good size. They have daily specials with seemed like a good deal to me. We really loved this place and look forward to going back again.