Monday, October 13, 2014

Cactus Club Cafe | Opening October 14, 2014

This past Thursday, Aashna and myself were invited to the Cactus Club's soft opening. The atmosphere is really cool, the restaurant feels warm with its lighting, fire and colours. Its well decorated with the abundance of lights, wine display, televisions and Andy Warhol images.

The restaurant is separated into three areas, the dining area, the bar and a sun room. We sat in all three areas to get a feel for what they were like. The dining area is more intimate being quiet and isolated from the other two areas and would make a good place for socializing and grabbing a meal. The sun room and bar you categorize together. A central bar with televisions is the focal point with table arrangements and a DJ around it. Aash and I even caught ourselves dancing with the bartenders to R&B and hip hop favourites. It's awesome for a late night drink and appetizers.

We spent our couple of hours at the Cactus Club drinking their Liberty School Cabernets and Jameson whiskey along with their tasty appetizers. The service was fantastic, drinks were never empty, food was brought to us in a timely fashion and everyone was happy (that was most important). The laid back environment was what I liked, people were friendly, polite and energetic. If the Cactus Club can continue to offer this environment along with good food and beverages, it will no doubt be a success in Saskatoon. We ate Szechuan chicken lettuce wraps, spicy chicken, kobe style meatballs, beef carpaccio, the BBQ duck clubhouse and a peanut butter chocolate dessert. I highly recommend the BBQ duck clubhouse (if you don't have nut allergies) and the tuna sushi cone was very good for an American styled cuisine.

 I would like to thank Cactus Club Cafe for a great first experience and you can definitely plan on having us back. The restaurant opens tomorrow, check it out and let us know what you think!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fionn MacCool | News Press

Saskatoon, SK – October 6, 2014 – Popular Canadian pub Fionn MacCool’s has named Saskatoon as its first Draft Pick in Saskatchewan, opening its inaugural pub in Saskatchewan this week on 2nd Ave. South in Saskatoon. Priding itself on being far more than your typical pub, Fionn MacCool’s Saskatoon offers live entertainment, an extensive beer line-up, innovative pour-your-own draft tables, party starters and made-in-house food. Fionn MacCool’s belongs to Prime Pubs family of revered Canadian pubs that includes the illustrious Fionn MacCool’s on Toronto’s historic Esplanade, party-central Fionn MacCool’s in downtown Calgary and Ottawa’s legendary watering hole Darcy McGee’s on Parliament Hill.

 Fionn MacCool’s is an institution in Canada, renown for fun across the country, and we’re thrilled to bring the first one to Saskatchewan,” says co-franchisee Clive Atkins. “Whether Guests want to enjoy a quiet dinner for two, a rowdy night of partying with friends or sit back and listen to an impressive lineup of live, local musicians Fionn MacCool’s Saskatoon is the place to have a good time.

Fionn MacCool’s Saskatoon is the third pub in the family to offer the ultimate beer experience, pulling your own pints. The pub features a selection of draft tables that were custom made in Ireland. Each table has two taps that Guests can activate using a special button provided to them by their server. Guests simply look at the screen beside the tap to see how much beer they have pulled. First time pullers need not stress, Fionn MacCool’s friendly, knowledgeable servers will guide them through the process. Guests who prefer to leave the pouring up to the experts can simply get comfortable at the bar and order up a pint.

Fionn MacCool’s has amped the wattage on the pub experience. Combining our warm, fun pubs with Pour Your Own Pints and party programming has taken the pub experience to new heights which is driving our popularity and growth across Canada, said Grant Cobb, SVP for Cara Operations Ltd. “We’re excited to see our first pub open in Saskatoon and we have plans to open additional locations across Saskatchewan in coming years.”

Complementing the exceptional beer choices, and live entertainment, Fionn MacCool’s Saskatoon gets the party started with daily party programs such as Keith’s Wednesdays where Guests can enjoy a 25oz Keith’s tankard for $7.00, Craft Addict Thursdays, where Guests can enjoy live music and any craft beer for $5.50 and Two-Fisted Fridays where Guests can enjoy any two drafts for $11 during Happy Hour.

As food is important to having a great time Fionn MacCool’s delicious made-in-house menu features a variety of traditional favourites made with fresh, quality ingredients including Lamb Pie, Rosslare Lamb Shank and Maple Cider Salmon as well as a selection of contemporary dishes such as Shrimp & Cod Curry Pot and Chicken Tikka Masala Boxty. The beverage menu is equally diverse and includes more than 29 types of beer on tap and in bottle, a wide selection of new and old school cocktails, whiskies and wine.

 Fionn MacCool’s Saskatoon is located at 355-2nd Avenue South.

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