Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 8:58pm [Dine in]
The Wolf and Hound is one of the few remaining 'neighbourhood watering holes' in Kitsilano. At almost any time of the day or night you can expect to see the usual suspects keeping the shine on the bar with the sleeves of their coats. It's a strange mix sometimes of this old guard, rowdy university students, young professionals, and families, but that's what makes good traditional pubs good-they're a meeting place and a mix of all kinds. The ambience is pretty good in that way- always someone to talk to over a beer, including the servers and bartenders, who are friendly.
Some decent beer on tap-- the Storm Black Plague and Highland Scottish Cream Ale being highlights, as well as the essential Irish imports. It would be nice to see fewer Russell taps and more attention to good beer- smaller local brews, rotating features, and actually decent tasting beer would be handy. (Many a regular cried foul when they removed the R&B IPA)
There's always beer on special for 12.95 a pitcher though, which is one of the cheaper beer specials I've seen around town (no-- 19.95 for a pitcher of granville island does not count as a special)
Live music a few nights a week-- best is the celtic sessions on Fridays, and the irish guy that plays thursdays.
The food is pretty decent, especially for pub food-- there are the usual onion rings, burgers, fish and chips etc- but there are also some good appies that don't feel like they're clogging your arteries-- bruschetta is yummy and the spinach salad. Plus classics like bangers and mash and a real irish breakfast (with real irish bacon!).
Service is always good-- it gets pretty busy on weekend nights but my servers have always been friendly and personable- even with large groups. I went there once with a huge group and the server learned everyone's name by the end of the night and gave us separate bills! Sunday brunch is good- not too busy but good eggs benny and the two girls who worked brunch all through the summer were great- really friendly and lots of fun, great service.
Just moved away from kits but hope to return when I can for a pint! Get more local brews on tap!
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Great people watching, great drinks, great service, meh food
Submitted Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 8:45pm [Dine in]
Havana is a great place to go for a few drinks on the patio on a summer afternoon. Service is almost always prompt, courteous, and fun; drinks are delicious and not too badly priced. I'm always a little bit disappointed with the food though-- its not that it isn't usually good, as it is, (I went there for brunch and had the skillet eggs, very saucy but very good) but its also usually quite overpriced I find. It's decent food, but its not worth paying as much as you pay for it. The atmosphere is fun though, and I like the added touch of the art gallery in the back room.
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