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NA

3/2/2008 6:42:18 PM
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Bar scene in Brandon

I am a person who barely goes out to the bars and clubs so how is it these days? What is the best place(s) to go to and any upcoming events for Friday and Saturday nights? Is the Hill still popular on Sundays and Fridays?

 
 
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Larisa B

3/3/2008 12:03:00 AM
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Son of a beach social is coming up

That should be fun, tickets are 20 bucks each i think.  
 
Wednesdays - The North Hill Inn  
Thursdays - Houstons  
Fridays - The Roadhouse  
Saturdays - Houstons  
Sundays - The North Hill Inn  
 
Busy nights?

Oryx

3/3/2008 2:56:26 AM
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Got it

  
Larisa said "That should be fun, tickets are 20 bucks each i think.  
 
Wednesdays - The North Hill Inn  
Thursdays - Houstons  
Fridays - The Roadhouse  
Saturdays - Houstons  
Sundays - The North Hill Inn  
 
Busy nights?"

you got the nights right, although I find that on Saturdays it is 50/50 between the Roadhouse and Hustons.  
 
As for the North Hill, that place has become less and less busy lately and wouldn't be suprised if it closed. I wouldn't go there any time, it is not what it used to be 5 years ago. Downhill, big time.

NA

3/3/2008 8:25:50 AM
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North Hill

Can recall the days, sun or snow, when there used to be big line ups to get into the North Hill. That was on Wed. and Sun. Everytime I pass by there now, barely any cars. Which is too bad because Eric the owner is a good guy and treats his employees well. It usually picks up in the summer with travellers and people getting out more.  
 
How about the 40? They have some good events there. The most fun I had was seeing a hynotist there one night. I think a lot of people still go here but not sure how many.

Brenda

3/3/2008 9:06:49 AM
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North Hill

remember when it could stay open later than the other bars. It was a steady stream of traffic from the Unwinder to the North Forty for last call. I am sure there weren't too many safe drivers either.

Oryx

3/3/2008 10:46:35 AM
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I dont know

  
Sag said "Can recall the days, sun or snow, when there used to be big line ups to get into the North Hill. That was on Wed. and Sun. Everytime I pass by there now, barely any cars. Which is too bad because Eric the owner is a good guy and treats his employees well. It usually picks up in the summer with travellers and people getting out more.  
 
How about the 40? They have some good events there. The most fun I had was seeing a hynotist there one night. I think a lot of people still go here but not sure how many."

much about the North 40, have been only once or twice.  
 
Do agree that the North Hill Inn has had its day and now it would be very rare to see it packed. There needs to be more up keep done on that place.

NA

3/3/2008 11:20:24 AM
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The 40

Haven't been there too many times myself, they do get a lot of bands at least to draw a crowd.  
 
Is the bar that used to be Occ's, gravity, encounters going to remain closed?  
 

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3/3/2008 12:16:49 PM
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Bar scene

Sure has changed in ten years time. I recall Yaks and Occ's before both closed down. The Hill was once a happening place but it seems to me some people just move on. Now it is the Roadhouse that is popular and Houston's always does well. Brandon could used some more variety for nightspots though.

NA

3/3/2008 4:36:20 PM
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Agreed!

Brandon needs another nightspot. Some people like the Keyrock but I'm talking a place that everyone enjoys. An alternative music club or even a jazzy environment would be a nice change.

Peter North

3/3/2008 4:54:56 PM
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Lady of the lake or Clancy's

If you want an "alternative" club or jazzy environment then why don't you check out Clancy's on Princess. They have a relaxed atmosphere and they have live music and even jazzy stuff. Or atleast they did the time I ate dinner upstairs.  
 
Also Lady of the Lake down under the 18th St bridge is an excellent little alternative place to get away relax and have a few bubbles and enjoy some good live music. They have jazz and blues as well. Check them out. It's good to get out of the house everyone once in awhile Sag ;)

NA

3/3/2008 5:02:33 PM
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Besides..

  
Peter North said "If you want an "alternative" club or jazzy environment then why don't you check out Clancy's on Princess. They have a relaxed atmosphere and they have live music and even jazzy stuff. Or atleast they did the time I ate dinner upstairs.  
 
Also Lady of the Lake down under the 18th St bridge is an excellent little alternative place to get away relax and have a few bubbles and enjoy some good live music. They have jazz and blues as well. Check them out. It's good to get out of the house everyone once in awhile Sag ;)"

I'm talking about something 'new and different'. Its nice when there are different events besides the old predictable bar scene being offered. I've been to these places and while they are good, Brandon night scene really could use something different for choice. Myabe its because I divide my time between here and Winnipeg and we obviously have more options there when we go out.

Peter North

3/3/2008 5:10:07 PM
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??

What is it you want? There are lounges (Tavern, Vic Inn, 34th St Bar and Grill, Clancy's, Double Decker,) sports bar (Huggy's, BP lounge, Smitty's), strippers (Keystone), pool hall, karoke, bars (Roadhouse, Houstons). There is tons. What makes Winnipeg so much more fun? I mean I guess the thrill of wondering if your gonna get shanked or shot makes it more appealing to some. I think Brandon has quite a few spots to go out and enjoy a drink or dance or whatever you want.

NA

3/3/2008 5:26:23 PM
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Well

  
Peter North said "What is it you want? There are lounges (Tavern, Vic Inn, 34th St Bar and Grill, Clancy's, Double Decker,) sports bar (Huggy's, BP lounge, Smitty's), strippers (Keystone), pool hall, karoke, bars (Roadhouse, Houstons). There is tons. What makes Winnipeg so much more fun? I mean I guess the thrill of wondering if your gonna get shanked or shot makes it more appealing to some. I think Brandon has quite a few spots to go out and enjoy a drink or dance or whatever you want. "

Just saying that yes there are great options but there is always room for change and growth in the big picture. Same old and I know a lot of people find the nightlife here predictable. Mind you, I think positive and when we are in Brandon it is fun. I like some of the Winnipeg bars as they get some cool music acts that don't come to Brandon, which is too bad. And we are cautious in the Peg, just because an incident happened at the Empire doesn't mean it happens at every club there.

Peter North

3/3/2008 5:44:05 PM
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...

There have been several incidents at various Winnipeg "nightspots" not just the murder and the shooting that saw 4 people injured at the Empire but look who that place was associated with. Even your "alternative" upscale music spots like the ones on Corydon have had stabbings and shootings and recently. I believe it was 2005 Billy Bowden was shot in the leg at Dirty Laundry on Corydon. Oddly, enough Bowden is accused in the murder of Jeff Engen at the Empire. Wasn't too long ago that Bowden was in Brandon wearing his colors at a local watering hole and threatening our Police officers. Google Bowden and you will find out who he is if you don't know. He will probably be back on the street before you know it with our justice system.

NA

3/3/2008 5:52:52 PM
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Haven't been to that one on Corydon

Just have gone to the Zoo for alternative music, some buddies from Brandon came up, it was fun and nothing happened. I sure agree that Winnipeg is not the safest place at times and caution exercised even more. And it is alarming that a lot of these guys go back and forth between the two cities. The thing with gangs and colors, a lot of us don't know who is involved with what. These guys often have a hit list but innocent bystanders can be easily affected/

Frank McGwire

3/3/2008 6:48:37 PM
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Brandon's Predictable Club scene

For the most part the busy nights for bars are predictable much like Larisa did above.  
 
As for live music in Brandon's clubs I'd have to disagree. Clancy's is constantly booking interesting national acts both signed and independent as well as some solid local entertainment.  
 
Also the 40 continues to bring in a good mix of bands along with some bigger names.  
 
Heck I just heard that the Trews will be playing the Canad Inn this spring. Could you predict that?


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