- First Timer Friendly: Yes/Yes
- Food: 8/8
- Beverage: 7/8
- Atmosphere: 7/8
- Overall: 7/8
- But is it a pub? Yes/Yes
After a particularly horrible day at work, I informed my dad he had no choice but to meet me at a pub. St. Jame’s Gate happened to be on my way home, so he agreed to drive up and meet me for dinner and drinks. We arrived around 7, which for this place was a bit of an odd time. It was at the end of the group that stops by on their way home, and before the night group arrived.
St. James Gate is a great place. I would say this is an archetypal neighborhood bar, but with a pub theme. It does not try to be anything it is not, and offers a friendly atmosphere. We were the only people who did not know someone else at the bar, but it was not by any means an awkward environment. I can see how the place would be a bit wild come Karaoke or live band time, but despite that it is still a relaxed environment. The pool table, ping pong, darts, and basketball hoop make it a tad busy. The food was good, though quite obviously was pulled out of freezers, jars, and cans. But hey, good is good. The bartender/waitress scored major points for this place. She was friendly, attentive, and even offered a few suggestions for future pub excursions.