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#21 VicHockeyFan

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 10:54 AM

It was like warping back to the early 80's when hitting the Keg and consuming way too many Keg Size highballs was the SOP prior to a night out at the clubs.

 

That was a thing, for sure.


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#22 AllseeingEye

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 11:31 AM

I think one reason for their longevity, considering how many restaurants fail in this town, is their ability to adapt and change with the times.

 

When we boomers were younger and the Keg + Keg Size drinks + clubbing was a "thing" they catered to that reality. Anyone who grew up here in the 70's and 80's knows this. Today however they place less emphasis on "dondes esta la fiesta?!" ("Where's the party?") and more on ensuring for a reasonable cost patrons get a consistently decent meal along with a good service experience.

 

The Yaletown Keg, due to a much larger demographic and its location in a densely populated area of Vancouver, and literally surrounded by bars and clubs, still has elements of "let's party" but it too has gone upscale - its huge and quite nicely appointed - and serves very tasty fare. And whether its Vancouver, Victoria or Whistler a Keg is a cookie cutter experience: you know exactly what your're in for in advance and they consistently deliver.


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#23 exc911ence

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 05:34 PM

Love the Keg's Baseball Sirloin but the cost of a meal there means I only get to go once or twice a year on special occasions... and always to the location downtown. Can't beat that view (at least the Quadra location can't...).

 

The only issue I have with the menu (besides price) is the limited selection of proper beers. They used to offer a really delicious Oatmeal Stout from a Montreal brewery but it's sadly gone, and has not been replaced with anything even remotely as nice. No cream ales, no stouts, just nearly-clear mass-market stuff and the odd locally-sourced IPA. Honestly, if I can see through it, it's not beer. YMMV.  :cool:


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#24 Rob Randall

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:17 PM

^The Keg has an exclusive with Molson/Coors so brands like Rickards and Creemore Springs predominate.
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#25 GabriolaGirl

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Posted 26 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

We were just talking about the Keg last night.  The best meal on our 7 week cross Canada trip a couple of years ago was the Keg at Niagara Falls.  Usually we wouldn't go to the Keg, but wanted a view of the Falls.  Service was great, the prime rib was really good & the view was spectacular.  It is the biggest restaurant I have ever been in.  Felt like we should have left a trail of bread crumbs to find our way back out. 


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Posted 28 October 2018 - 06:08 PM

Rinse, repeat: Mrs ASE's employer gave her a $100 gift certificate for the Keg so we opted for downtown which is closer than the Quadra location. As usual the service was good and the food was consistent, tasty and reasonable (the certificate covered dinner albeit only 1 drink each, no desserts or special coffee's).

 

I haven't been to that location in at least 15 years, maybe more, and not consistently there since the party days of our youth and university years in the early 80's. Back then it was a the 'pre-party to the party' hang out whereas today the layout is much more conventional (the last Keg salad bar was eliminated from the Halifax location a few years ago) and the atmosphere more sedate. Definitely aimed today at the family rather than party hearty market, heh. The interesting thing I noted was the preponderance of grey hair which you rarely if ever saw 35 years ago. I'm 58 and in our section I was easily the youngest guy and by a fair margin.



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Posted 28 October 2018 - 07:26 PM

The Keg has done nothing that the likes of Earls, Milestones or Moxies has done and thats grown up with a/the generation(s).

The above chains grew up with and catered to the boomers, and made an inviting place for the boomers kids. As Boomers kids aged they held on to that demo by changing with them, and have rinsed and repeated. The Keg however doubled down on the "stuffy" feel and the older crowd feel.

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#28 lanforod

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 08:00 PM

I really like the Keg on Quadra. Great place for a date, IMO. Lots of nooks with 2 seat booths makes for a romantic atmosphere. It's staying closer to classic steakhouse rather than moving to lounge style eating. Both have their places, but I think the Keg does very well as a chain steakhouse and there is too much competition in the other style with Earls, Moxies, Cactus Club, Browns, Milestones, Joey...

The Keg doesn't really have any competitors here that I can think of. Until Chop, Hy's or Outback shows up, they'll do fine.


Edited by lanforod, 28 October 2018 - 08:07 PM.

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#29 sebberry

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Posted 28 October 2018 - 10:25 PM

Was there Saturday night for a 7:15 reservation - place was packed.  Food was good.  I hear they're bringing the nachos in the lounge back next week.  Who thought scrapping those was a good idea?


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#30 Wayne

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 07:44 AM

lanforod, on 28 Oct 2018 - 9:00 PM, said:

I really like the Keg on Quadra. Great place for a date, IMO. Lots of nooks with 2 seat booths makes for a romantic atmosphere. It's staying closer to classic steakhouse rather than moving to lounge style eating. Both have their places, but I think the Keg does very well as a chain steakhouse and there is too much competition in the other style with Earls, Moxies, Cactus Club, Browns, Milestones, Joey...

The Keg doesn't really have any competitors here that I can think of. Until Chop, Hy's or Outback shows up, they'll do fine.

That is a great spot. Lots of character and history with that building.



 



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