An English-style pub, the Duck (also known as the Thirsty Duck) is distinguished by its bowling lanes downstairs.
I went there for lunch, there were very few people inside, less than 10 people total. So the service was quick and attentive. I found it strange that they all meal specials are available starting in the evenings, so we had to pay full price for lunch. I had quesadilla and sautee of bacon scallop. Quesadilla was quite Canadianized, but it was ok. My bacon scallops were swimming in the oil... Unlike the previous reviewer, I found the portion of vegetable just fine.
I'll go back sometime for dinner or late night snack, but not for lunch. Surely this is not a gourmet place, so next time I'll try their good o'l wings, burgers and sandwiches. They have free parking next to it.
I really wanted to enjoy the duck, it is a room that somehow, on the barren wastes of 6th and 12th has managed to give the feeling of being up and airy with a view. However, I find that it is not much to write home about except as a place to pop in for a drink. Food specials galore, but quality of the food specials are far below the standards of the regular menu... one get's the feeling that the specials are in place to get rid of the food that doesn't sell. Service is spotty too, with waitresses that are either inadequate in their numbers or are attentive to their regulars and negligent of the rest of us. And if you want to utilize any of the lottery tickets or other gambling games they make it very clear they feel this is something put upon them beyond the call of duty. Not flexible either... no deserts on the menu, so after we spent about $75 my wife ran out and got a couple donuts... the waitress acted like we were selling heroin. I would take the time to walk the extra three blocks to Moonrakers where the people working there seem to take service seriously.
Went to the Duck today for a late lunch. I've been there before and it was just as I expected. The wings were delicious and the beer cheap, the staff in this place are all older and don't seem too keen on work in general. Nice enough but not too friendly. Lost a couple of bucks at the pull-tabs but that is to be expected. New West is not really set up for more than what the Thirsty Duck has to offer. I will go back again for those wings though!
We came here to watch the hockey, have some drinks and some food.
The drink specials were good!
But the food left something to be desired. We got appetizers - potato skins that were sooooooo greasy and undercooked. The dry ribs were okay and the nachos were passable.
The first time I went there was with a group of 20 people for a workplace social, and it was great. At that time (I don't know about now), it was $5.99 (or so) for a dinner plate of steak and prawns, stuffed potato, and mushrooms, from 4pm to 6pm. The Duck is like a little Pub with an exclusive smoke room, and a billiard table.
The food wasn't spectacular, but hey, it was prrrretty good for $5.99. The food looked nice too. People there are quite casual and friendly as well, good service. Nice little place to go.
This pub is somewhat of a bright spot along the dilapidated twelfth street area in New West. The drinks are likely the cheapest in town, the decor is relaxing, and the menu has some interesting dishes on it (the burgers and potachos are particularly good - if a tad hard on the old ticker). Hockey nights are noisy like any other pub, but there are chances to win free drinks, etc., with every home team goal. I've never had any trouble with the service either. While I didn't particularly enjoy the steak special, and I make a point of never ordering anything with too many vegetables here (the salads are of dubious quality in my experience), the prices, service and reasonable food will keep me coming back.
When there's nothing to do in the neighborhood, my friends and I go to the Thirsty Duck. Every visit, the staff and servers have been extremely friendly and engaging, and they always have great recommendations. They have drink specials every day, including 3 Old Mills/Cariboo for $9.95, although the drinks at regular price are reasonable anyway. It's my favorite place to hang out with friends, grab a pint, gossip, and play darts or pool. If you're hungry, they have the regular pub food like poutine, wings, onion rings, pasta, burgers, pizzas, and other stuff for less then $10, and I haven't been disappointed yet!
The thirsty duck is decent; I think that would be the best word to describe it.
The ambiance is okay, typical for that type of neighborhood dive-ish establishment. It’s unpretentious. The music is what you’d hear on typical radio with some rock and some pop. Not my cup of tea but it fits well with the ambiance and it’s not overly loud or annoying. The décor is like most sports pubs of the type, it’s quite alright.
The service is usually friendly, but not consistently. Some servers are definitely nicer than others and if you complain, they may take it the wrong way. I’ve never personally had a problem with any of the staff there but someone I once went with did. But overall the service is satisfying.
The food is okay, the chicken wings are good and cheap, I have heard nice things about their pizza and last time I went, my friends had the burgers and they seemed decent. Their nachos are quite good. I’ve also had their mushroom neptunes (mushroom caps stuffed with cream cheese and crab). They’re quite good but you KNOW they’re really bad for you. Overall, the Duck offers cheap, honest pub food. The beer is also on the cheap side, which is nice.
Value is good, the food is extremely cheap, especially the daily specials, and the beer is reasonably priced.
I like the Duck and I certainly plan on coming back, you get what you pay for and you know what to expect. It’s nothing great but it’s consistently okay.
Oh, forgot to mention, it looks a bit dingy but it’s actually quite clean.
Try the nachos...yum, yum! The burger special on Saturdays, can't beat it! $2.50! and yummy burgers, like homemade. Nice atmosphere, not too loud for us old folks. The servers remember you and your drinks if you go weekly :-) Nice quality local pub! Try it out on a Friday night, nice mix of young and old alike.
I was there the other day for lunch with a co-worker, this person was relectant to go because the last time he went the food was cold and greasy and the service was terrible. When we got there he noticed it was the same server/bartender since we were pressed for time we decided to stay. It was`nt that busy at all and the service was terrible. On the up side the food was outstanding. He had the soup and sandwich and I had the lunch special ( the teryaki salmon). Management must of hired a new chef since the last time he was there because he had not seen him before. A little peice of advice the server spend more time with other customers instead of the very few regulars at the bar. If you want great food at a great price and dont mind getting soddy service go to The Thirsty Duck.
I hung out at the duck a lot about fifteen years ago when I lived in the area. I've recently returned.
I'm not being rude in saying this, but nothing has changed (except the smoking laws). The decor, staff, beer specials and food are all the same. When I went back again for the first time it was like slipping on that old comfy sweatshirt that you wear on weekends when you don't need to leave the house or be seen by anyone.
I love the Wed wing night and you must, must, must try the potachos with your wings These are nachos made with latticed frech-fries instead of chips, and they are to die for. (you only need one plate for a bunch of people)
The staff are suitable to the place, and I quite enjoy their banter.
I like the duck....and I'm glad I've returned to the area to spend some more time there. It's grungy, greasy and the beer prices reflect that.
The Thirsty Duck is a great place to pop in for a few reasonably priced drinks, maybe have an appy and play a bit of Keno.
You can tell that most of the patrons are regulars. This Dingy little pub seems to be the watering hole for the middle-aged singles that like to chat it up with the surrounding tables and maybe have a little too much to drink. But don't get me wrong, the many times I have been in, the age group has ranged from 19-65. The friendly atmosphere, although filled with cigarette smoke, creates a very relaxed environment.
There is a pool table and juke box perfect to hang around by with some friends if you can get a few games in, everyone is drawn to this!
The food is all very reasonably priced but nothing to call home about. That being said, the burger and beer special for $4.99 is hard to beat!
And for my favorite part of the thirsty duck...all the staff look genuinely happy to be there! How refreshing. I have never been there with an empty glass and the servers are always checking up to see how you are. And if there is no table to serve at that moment, they are striking up conversations with the patrons who are there to have a beer rather than hanging around the bar talking to each other. How great is that!
I definitely recommend the Duck for a comfortable environment and cheap drinks. If you are looking for something a little cleaner & classier with good food and tons of TV's for sports lovers, try River's Reach a few blocks up....but don't expect good service like you get at the Thirsty Duck.
Took my wife out for a beer and burger and was impressed by the special offered on Saturdays. For 4.99 you get a beer and burger, only draw back you have to pay extra for a side, but hey when you can put back more than one burger per sitting it's a pretty sweet deal, especially when you can catch pay per view games at the same time. Recently they put in this new jukebox with an awesome collection of songs, if you're into tunes definitely check it out!
I've gone to the Thirsty Duck 3 times - once with a friend for wing night, and they ran out of wings... The other two times I went was with a group of about 10 people for Sunday brunch and these were both absolute disasters.
The first time we went, I got my breakfast cold and undercooked 3x in a row. I wasn't the only person in the group who got unsafe eggs. No apologies were given, they just grunted and went in the back to redo them.
We thought we'd give it a chance at redemption, and went back for brunch again -- huge mistake. Out of our group of 10, a couple got their meals and started eating. An hour and a half later everyone else was still waiting for their meals... the reason? "We ran out of eggs and have to send someone to go get more." It took them almost 2 hours to get the rest of the meals to us, with no apologies and a huge effort to even make them acknowledge us.
It might be a good place to go for a drink, but if you are interested in good service and actually getting your meal, definately avoid this place!