The Clubhouse is a casual spot that offers a menu of pub classics to compliment its well stocked bar.
I have a soft-spot for this great old Hotel and the Olson Brothers who own it. The Hotel Strathcona was built in 1911-1912 and was going to open as the Empress Block Office Building but instead opened as the Strathcona Hotel in 1912. In 1946 "Barney" Olson purchased the Strathcona and over the years his two sons improved the hotel and added a myrad of great and innovative clubs and pubs.
The Clubhouse is the result of the ever-changing night life environment where 'fickle' and chasing the latest trend results in the constant changes that have taken place in the hotel since 1954 - some meeting with success others not.
Unfortantely the Clubhouse can be quite dull and drab if your looking for entertainment other than sports - but it is ment to be a sports pub. The food is typical or somewhat better than typical pub fare with a decent selection and large portions.
I would and have come here for lunch and been quite happy.
The service is average as many establishments don't pay their staff enough money nor do they train them properly.
I certainly like the ability to go to all the different rooms in the Strathcona where services and service change considerably.
If you've never been here you should try it and look around the hotel for the history alone. But if it's good food and good service you must give the Clubhouse a pass.
The Clubhouse is a large establishment that exists inside the Strathcona Hotel and is just one part of the building. The Restaurant consists of 3 or four different sections that all have different names and are considered different establishments, even though they are all owned by the same people and are in the same building. There are no walls to seperate the different sections, and you can walk freely between them. The staff are not interested in you as a customer and do not pay much attention to you. I had to wait 10 minutes before a waitress offered me an menu and when my food came it was cold and really not that good. There are about 50 loud giant TV screens all over the place playing various sporting events and that seems to be the only thing that the staff are interested in is watching the TV's. The Club House Is A Big, Loud, Fast Paced Sports Pub with low quality food and service.