Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Back in the UK the term “popping down the local” refers to heading to your favorite pub and by favorite it could simply mean the closest one to your house.  Your local pub was the hub for your social week.  Sunny Saturday afternoon in the beer garden, Wednesday nights for the week’s pub quiz and generally just a meeting point for your group of friends to gather, plan, laugh, chat and drink. 
We noticed a lack of that traditional ‘pub’ culture when we moved to Canada and most social interactions here revolve more around a place to eat rather than a place to meet and drink.  So when I was asked to attend the opening party of the Sherwood Park LOCAL, I was curious and a little excited that we could finally be getting our very own Canadian ‘local’. 


…kind of like your living room, just with better food and people to serve you beer.

…fanatical about craft beer and rotating new selections every day.

…a pretty good place to grab Fully Loaded Nachos (the Where Magazine said it, not us).

…passionate about great food and the best ingredients.

This was a well-oiled opening party. Friendly, attentive staff wherever you look, food an offer in every corner and a very generous flow of drinks. 

LOCAL has a great open kitchen concept where the chefs were highlighting their use of fresh products and even baking their own bread in house.
I loved the Share Plate section of the menu, perfect drinking food;
  • Hand-made Guacamole & Chips 7
  • Fresh Tortilla Chips & Salsa Roja 5½
  • Perogies 8
  • Chicken Quesadilla 7½
  • Crispy Calamari 7½
  • Szechuan Edamame 6½

I love their fishbowl style cask room.  Really smart and interesting to be able to see what is going on. 

we switch it up. We keep a short, sharp selection of favourites & craft offerings, which means we change our taps often to guarantee the freshest beer possible, every time. 
There are large screen TV's wherever you look, a great central bar that gives it a true "Pub" feel and a fabulous patio area that will really shine in the summer months.  There are couch's where you can play board games, shuffle board and even a small scale curling rink.
You can feel the fun in every corner of this space.  Its bright, cool, buzzing but still relaxed enough to go there wearing your work clothes.

Kids are allowed up until 9 pm and I will certainly be back with the whole family and may even plan to sneak away from my younger boys and even have a grown up date night!!

A very welcome addition to Sherwood Park!

#360 - 222 Baseline Road
Sherwood Park

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