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The Cove

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This Saturday I found myself hungry and in Kits. Rather than make use of my precious last-remaining Groupon for Darby’s (which I’m saving for summer and their sweet roofdeck), I elected to head over to The Cove (nĂ© Jerimiah’s) and see how a renaming has affected Kitsilano’s own slice of the valley. Yes, I said slice of the valley. Jerry’s was one of the few places in town where you could have Keno with your Kokanee, and they even had a pulltab machine stuffed away in the back–a feature that was rare to find outside of the DTES. The bar was usually packed with the sort of old-school Kits locals that honestly looked like they would have driven there in their F-350s if they didn’t live around the corner in a house Dad paid off in the 50s.

So, what’s changed? The seating has been freshly redone and, um, that’s about it. There are TVs everywhere, which would be a boon during a hockey game but are an annoying distraction otherwise (yes, I am a hockey bigot). The food is markedly better than before, but limited to the sort of up-scale pub grub expected these days.

The taps are greatly improved, though, now including Driftwood Farmhand, Central City IPA and Cannery’s Naramata Nut Brown (although they either don’t want to tell us it’s from Cannery Brewing or they don’t know it is). Phillips Blue Buck rounds out the craft beer, but frankly I’m not a huge fan of that beer. Lastly, the macro drinkers have shifted from Kokanee to Canadian, but honestly I’m not sure that anyone noticed.

The pre-Cove regulars are all still there, noisily watching football on the new screens and stopping by the SportsAction/Keno/PullTab station every few minutes to further fund our health care system (thanks, guys!). Somewhat shocking to regular readers, I found the laid back atmosphere refreshingly familiar (I did grow up in small town BC, afterall). If they would just shut off the damned TVs I’d even go back outside of a Canucks’ game.

All in all, it’s a decent effort to reinvent a bar without losing too much of the existing character, and everyone should stop by if only to let them know adding good local beer to the menu has some benefits. Now all they need is a CAMRA discount…

Written by chuck

January 10th, 2011 at 10:58 am

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