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Winnipeg’s ten best pubs

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it was high time I revised my parade of pubs as outlined in Unleash Your Inner Leprechaun back in 2010, especially because a few have closed, and a few have opened since then.

Many establishments may claim the name pub, and are categorized as such on the likes of Yelp or Urbanspoon, but few truly deserve the title. Having grown up in England, and back there every two years to visit family, I’m willing to put my purple coloured passport on the line to authenticate the following:

The Peasant Cookery

Many said no to Oui: Bistro and Wine Bar. Not much appears to have changed since this exchange district spot rebranded as Peasant Cookery. Until you taste the food. Wow! Looking out (or in) from the park, where that cube that I love/hate glows in stark contrast to the character of the architecture, it’s hard […]


Since parting company with chef Blue Harlan in June 2009, owner Randy Reynolds donned the chef hat and hasn’t looked back. This is a man of many talents, an investment advisor by day, I wish he would quit his day job and cook full time because the dishes are well composed, clever, and delicious! With […]

7 Try Before You Die Poutines in Winnipeg

Poutine. Said to be invented in Quebec in the 60s or 70s, it’s a quintessentially Canadian dish that’s gaining world-wide acceptance. Restaurants are taking it to new levels, giving the foundational french fries, cheese curds and gravy the deluxe treatment with surprisingly sophisticated accoutrements. Here are 12 try before you die versions available right here […]