Beer and Song… and Beer.

If you’re looking for something fun to do on a Saturday night in downtown Vancouver you should definitely check out the Atlantic Trap & Gill at Seymour and Davie. The ATG (as I now fondly refer to it) is a Maritime style pub with live music on Thursdays and Saturdays. A good friend of mine is a total regular there and she insisted that my girlfriend and I join a group of people that were going to be there on Saturday night.

When we arrived at 9:30 the place was packed and the band was already playing. The “stage” consisted of approximately six square feet of floor space at one side of the room and held 4 people playing the liveliest Maritime folk songs I have ever heard. Half the pub was clapping and singing and pounding their glasses on the long wooden tables at which we were seated. At first the whole concept felt foreign to me and I did my best to get into the spirit of it all. It turns out that one can easily “get into the spirit” by drinking a couple of pitchers of Alexander Keith’s. By the end of the night anyone in the place would have thought I was born on a pier in Halifax. I had an empty pint glass in each hand, pounding them on the table to the rhythm of the music and singing every song at the top of my lungs, despite not knowing the words. It seemed that I wasn’t the only one who had grown to love this new lifestyle, because when I looked around me everyone was doing something equally involved.

For anyone who is interested, my suggestion is to show up early and get a table in the back room. Order the $19.99 Nova Scotia lobster dinner to start the evening, then stay until the band stops playing (they did two encores for us). You won’t be disappointed.

6 Comments so far

  1. wyn (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 1:39 pm

    That sounds *totally*awesome* to me, but – whatdayaknow? – I was born in a hospital in Halifax. Unpretentious, totally fun-loving, honest-to-goodness, down-to-eart good times are Maritime trademarks. I gotta try out the ATG but *really* should try an authentic one on the East Coast first. =P

  2. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 2:18 pm

    I heart the Maritimes. Newfoundland is like the best province in Canada, and I’m so not a Newfie. I’m just not a live music fan, but I might check out the pub. Sounds great.

  3. Dane (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 4:50 pm


    I totally agree with trying an authentic East Coast pub first. Although, as I understand it, the ATG is pretty darn authentic. They even bring in Schooner, an apparently popular Maritime lager that is usually available only on the East Coast.

    And they have Screech.

    Neat huh?

  4. Jeffery Simpson (unregistered) on November 21st, 2005 @ 5:01 pm

    Why didn’t you say that before? Screech? Not that I want to drink screech but I want to force others to drink Screech. Do they have a cod to kiss? Tell me they have a cod to kiss.

    Also how the heck did the most popular topic of discussion on a Vancouver blog end up being a fake East Coast Pub? Shouldn’t we be talking coffee shops or something.

    Screech. Damn.

  5. wyn (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 10:39 am

    Actually, Nova Scotia is the best province =D because it has the city life and it’s not a long drive to get to, say, Cape Breton and the island culture and whatnot.
    I’ll try to get to an authentic east coast bar this holidays and juxtapose it with ATG, that I haven’t been to yet. =D

  6. Travis (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2005 @ 11:43 am

    Mmmmm, Screeetch.

    Actually, I’ve never tried it but I’d like to.

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