Having grown up in Richmond, there was one pub that kept coming up in conversation with all my friends who were legally able to get in. "Pioneer". I can't think of a better watering hole to grow up with. "Hole" is probably the best way to describe the ambiance. It's certainly a far cry from the swankiness of any of our DT Vancouver pubs.....but i LOVE that!
The wings special on Tuesdays and Thursday nights can't be beat. And I've still yet to find better honey garlic wings in this city (that is Vancouver where I live now). Maybe they exist, but I haven't found them.
The servers are for the most part very attentive. We had one bad experience with one chick who though far too much of herself and was, in her words, "having a really bad day." That doesn't excuse the fact that she took off three times without taking my drink order. Needless to say, after that day and our complaints to our usual servers, we have not seen her since.
Pitchers of local brew are super cheap. Leaves more then enough room in the wallet for the cab ride home.
Anyways, check it out if your in and around Richmond.
I've had the pleasure of enjoying this delightful bar on a few occasions and am always surprised at the value of the drinks and food here. Pitchers of local beer cost considerably less than most other places(Buck and Ear $17 a pitcher, cough cough), and they have Kilkenny's and Strongbow on tap and Guiness as well if I'm not mistaken. You can get drunk and not get totally flat broke for a change.
They have Wing Nights after 5pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays, for dine-in only of course. They also have free self-serving popcorn in a popcorn maker in the corner of the bar. Pioneer's has a semi-outdoor patio of sorts, I say semi as it is now surrounded by glass walls where as it was open air before.
The patrons and the servers at the Pioneer are generally friendly and mature. I've had many a drunken conversation with other bar patrons and can't recall where else you're able to just sit down next to a complete stranger and chat that comfortably. The crowd in this particular bar ranges from the younger generation to the middle-aged.
All in all, a good solid bar worthy of your business. I'd recommend it to anyone.