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Pogue Fado

1581 Barrington Street
Pogue Fado was conceived late in 2002 by six friends who had always dreamed of opening their own Pub.



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    review from category: Bars & Pubs

    Okay. Toronto, deligtful place except: it is up to its eyeballs with hipsters, clubbers, scenesters, yuppies, and everyone else trying to out-cool the next guy, and thus has a stick up its you-know-what, and thus getting down with your bad self is often an effort wasted in a sea of swoopy-hair posers looking around to see if anyone is watching them breathe, seductively sip on their appletini or pbr, and toss their hair about (BTW, love this city, I am just saying).

    Halifax. Getting down wiht your bad self is the only way Halifax knows how to get down. Of course no one told me so I went out in a trendy haircut, "ironic scarf" (horsies!!), and hooker-esque earrings (bricolage, you better believe I am in uni). You will see this demonstrated in photo 1 of this review. Saunter over to photo 2 and you will see scarf and earrings are in the purse (well you wont SEE the inside of my purse, but trust me) and I am so drunk on gin and tonic (STRONG!), singing along to cover bands, and shakin my tailfeather to hip hop circa 1996 that I cant even control my facial expressions.

    The Pogue has found a genius mix. A cover band (a Halifax staple) which seems unaware that music continued past 2002 supported by a crowd of drunks, balanced out by a dj playing hits from jock jams. Joy. Joy. Joy.

    Oh! One more phenonmenon. We were surrounded (or at least at a 1:1 ratio, which is nice) by mans just looking to dance. And I dont mean cop a feel while you dance. I mean dance. Dance offs. Moves you have never seen before. They dont stare at you and girlfriends when you are dancing. No, they out dance you and your girlfriends. The men in Halifax really are, just here to dance (Dane Cook anyone?).

    Now travelers, nearly any bar in Halifax will charge you cover at night, though the Pogue will give you vouchers for two free admissions if your mug ends up on their website. And travelers, dont challenge a Halifax native to a drinking game or challenge. You will lose. I think these people invented, or at least perfected, partying.

    ABSTRACT: go to the Pogue.


    maybe you dont like to have fun?


    • By: JENNYK
      August 13th, 2007

      guys who just want to dance? JUST dance? and not the "forbidden dance"?

      sign me up, because my days of getting blatantly fondled in packed toronto clubs are OVER. what a breath of fresh air.


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