Sometimes you go out to enjoy a film with friends only to realize the times have changed from the day before and you’re almost two hours early.
What is a lady and her friends to do?
In the case of the theatre at Eau Claire Mall, the answer is to head downstairs to Garage Sports Bar. Garage is hella spacious (the website says they can accommodate up to 500 for special events) – but manages to feel like a corner neighbourhood pub. I very much hope they’re incorporated into the new Eau Claire development plan.
Pool tables book end the place with tables and bar in between. There were lots of folks wandering by with their own fancy pool cues and our server informed us there’s league play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Belgian Moons were on special for five bucks so obvs that’s what we went with for the drinking. I knew I couldn’t hold off on any snacking before the film so I ordered a salad, that’s right, you heard me, a salad.
The Vespa is greens, cucumbers, tomato, feta and a honey balsamic for eight bones. Since it was hella reasonable for a salad, I expected something of a fairly mediocre size and what showed up was far from mediocre. This was a very healthy portion and I don’t just mean because it was salad. There was also a giant wedge of foccacia with some stellar grill marks.
The salad was fresh and the extras plentiful. The dressing was fan-freaking-tastic but I didn’t have a chance to ask the server if it’s house made. The only downfall was the bread, while it looked stunning, there wasn’t a ton of seasoning going on.
Monday night is also pizza night at Garage. While I didn’t have one this time, I’ve had one before and for $12 (on a Monday), they’re a steal of a deal.
While crushing my salad we crushed some balls on the billiard table followed by a rousing foursome of ping-pong and the NCAA championships and Maple Leafs/Bluejackets games were all around us. While Garage was a great stop over before the film, it would also be a great place to just go hang out with your peeps for some funsies.
Tip: Unless you’re playing, maybe don’t sit right beside the ping pong table – if we come back, you’re libel to get nailed once or twice.
By the way, we did make it to I, Tonya (7/10).