Remembering E-town Bars that are no-more

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  1. Perfect_Drug

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    Oh god, I remember Lush.
    I remember seeing on several occasions black-out drunk girls being taken home by random dudes who would carry them into their cars before 10pm.
    (Back then I was too naive to know they probably all got raped)

    Thunderdome I just remember some short skinny blonde waitress with implants the size of watermelons.


    I quite liked Lola's off of Whyte.

    I had just turned 18 though, and recently moved to Vancouver, but it was one of my old go-to places when I came back.
    I had very little confidence, and not a lot of money, so it's not like the bar scene was much of my thing back then.

    When we got older, got our **** together, and figured out who we were, with money, confidence, and swagger, our group used to go to Squires/Devlins to pick up randoms.
    Most of my female friends liked going to The Druid, or E-Bar.
     
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  2. joestevens29

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    It did? WTF
     
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    I used to work the front door at a popular country bar years ago. I was instructed not to let any colored people in unless they were dressed like a university student, were in a small group and had an even number of girls to guys with them. Even then if it starting looking like there was to many darker guys in the bar I would be instructed to not let in anymore.
     
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    Crazy. I remember going to the Joint years ago with three of my black friends and none of them were allowed in because they had football jerseys and jewelry on.

    Some places still have very strict dress code.
     
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    some places are also just racist.
     
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    Sounds like the dress code was a convenient excuse. Different times for sure.
     
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    The Cecil was torn down at least ten years ago as part of the gentrification of that area. It became an “urban/trendy/organic” Save-On Foods for a few years but shut down a couple years ago. I don’t think anything is in that spot now. There aren’t many of those old “skid row” type bars left anymore.
     
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    Just thinking about all the memories in these places. Good times and bad times. Is that after hours club The Y still around? Been there way too many times lol.
     
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    I mistakenly called it the Corona. But yeah, that place was funny.

    One of my best memories there was watching some street guy with a shopping cart roll in bottles to the back where they had an informal bottle return operation for money. (From our table we had a view right to the back alley and saw all the action) What they apparently didn't realize is the industrious guy with the shopping cart was taking the Cecils own bottles they put out at the back side of hotel and wheeling them around the corner to get paid... He did this 3 times while we were there. The whole bunch of us went out to high five the guy. It was just funny as hell. Not sure if the staff taking the bottle returns didn't notice it was their own empties they were paying for or didn't care. The guy would even wait an hour before returning the bottles again so as to no be so obvious. He could've done it every 10mins..;)

    I think he was taking the money and going to the Beaverhill Liquored up store between his hard working shopping cart rounds to reward himself. He could have bought offsales at Cecil every 15mins but again that would be too obvious.. We all appreciated the thoughtful scam. Our whole table was breaking up about it for hours.
     
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    can't believe nobody has mentioned the Cromdale hotel..
     
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    I did, first page of thread,..heh, I'm mentioning too many places..;)

    I might get a rep..
     
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    I could tell you stories...

    Not sure there’s anybody still alive with fond memories of that place.
     
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    sorry! look at us though. we're all mentioning too many places from our misspent youth.

    the other one (which only recently closed down)
    was the good old transit hotel.
    I regret I wasn't old enough to go there until after they stopped the gerbil races.
     
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    The only thing fond for me was I was a minor.

    Same with the Transit, although I was there during the day a month before they closed and it was a decent crowd
     
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    most likely people like me, who went back one last time to say goodbye.
    some of the best times I had in a bar were places like the transit or the cecil.
     
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    Only bar I've seen that there is a picture of a man with his head down and the poster talking about domestic abuse happening to men too.

    Made sure to go home by myself.
     
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    Yup a few weeks ago.
     
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    M.J.'s Roadhouse.
     
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    Yeah Barry Ts then The Standard then it became the Ranch then Billy Bob's? then back to the Ranch Roadhouse.
     
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    It's the only way I could afford to drink while at the U of A. $10 would be enough to get a few triples (plus tips), get a great buzz going, and then dance until closing.
     
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    I believe the sidetrack was where the 80's Oilers went a lot.

    They kept a hole in one of the chandeliers as a souvenir from one of the Oilers breaking it from a champagne cork.
     
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    Are you sure that wasn't the Grinder? my buddy owned that bar in the aughts and showed me the light fixture/chandelier that apparantly was damaged from contract with Gretzky's head. don't know if its true, but the Ol' boys on the Bus did hang out at the Grinder on 124th street.
     
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    People's pub!! now that one takes me back. I remember Nickleback playing there.
     
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    The old boys on the bus had a lot of drinking/drug issues. Pretty sure they had more than one establishment. They use to frequent the forum as well
     
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    what was the name of the strip club again? I dimly remember an on stage shower, but not the name of the place.
     

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