Thursday, 7 February 2013

Imbibe

Found out about this new bar in downtown Kitchener while researching beers.  Imbibe Food & Drink seemed like my kind of place.  It's new!  It's hip!  It specializes in craft beer and scotch!  Boom!  Had to go.

So we made our way downtown and past several sketchy dramas playing out in and around King street.  We parked and hoped the truck would still be there when we finished dinner.  I ordered a tasty brown ale and we perused the menu.  It was sparse.  Definitely pub food.  Appetizers, salads, and sandwiches.  Nothing crazy but there were some interesting items.  Prices weren't bad either.  We had both decided on what to order and I had finished my beer and we were still waiting to actually make the order.  The place wasn't busy, what the fuck?

The hipster waitress with the edgy dyed hair finally took time out to see if we actually wanted something off the menus she had given us.  And another beer?  Yes.  They had the kegs swapped out with Sawdust City beers and I asked for a malt beer.  So good.  I still prefer their Lone Pine IPA but this was a close second.

The food came and it was okay I guess.  Nothing great.  The chicken definitely had a Tim Horton's processed vibe.  Meh.

Had another Sawdust and went with their imperial stout.  Very solid.  Not huge on stouts but at least this was interesting.  Gotta say, I love what Sawdust City brews up.  Hopefully this is just the beginning of their success.

As for Imbibe, I'm pretty sure we won't be going back.  Very disappointing.  I appreciate the beer selection but the vibe is way off there.  And the service and food aren't good enough to make up for it.  Plus, downtown Kitchener.  Meh.  Borealis still reigns supreme!

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