Sheena and I have had a busy week with work, whether studying for training tests — or working night-shift, we haven’t had a whole lot of time for relaxation.
However, I felt it necessary to mention a place that I did visit last night…and a few other times since we arrived in November. Having moved from Halifax, probably one of the better places for bars in Canada (other than St. John’s of course), locating a spot for some good music and brew is a hard find out here. Sure, there’s oodles of country bars around — and most of them have pretty good bands. The atmospheres are of course different though and the ones I was at — wearing a fleese jacket, jeans and ball cap kinda stands out amongst the cowboy boots, big belt buckles, GWG jeans and eclectic cowboy hats. You can get a beer, but it just doesn’t have that Atlantic feel.
Well, a few months ago…after the suggestion fron a friend at work, I decided to check out an ‘East Coast’ bar that I only had heard rumors about. It’s called The Atlantic Trap and Gill. Located in an industrial part of town, you wouldn’t think it was very welcoming solely judging a book by its cover (or location!). However, after inside, you really get a feel for the place. It reminds me a bit of the Alehouse, Lower Deck and Maxwell’s Plum (minus the peanuts). The music is fairly good actually, last night was a newfoundland band — who played a fair bit of Great Big Sea, the Fables and other accordian type music. Plus, it’s the only place in town where you can get Olands, Keiths and Schooner on tap. =) Certainly not an elegant bar like the others around downtown where we live (the supposed ‘Irish’ bars). But, there’s just something about long tables, benches and foot stompin that I like. Whenever we wanna get a bit Maritimes back in us, even for a couple of hours, we head down there for some music.
So, hopefully the curfews are over in Halifax…and the roads/streets and living will return to normal. Us, we’re in the neverending sunshine of Calgary, just hoping for a little weather system to change things up a bit. Safe driving to all…. and get back to work! =)
Addendum: Calgary’s Trap and Gill: http://www.atlantictrapandgill.com/