Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Old stuff

Did you wonder where I found my vintage cars?

A pub downtown celebrated it's re-opening on Sunday by throwing an 85th  birthday party for the repeal of prohibition in Canada.  Seeing as it was a sunny day, we jumped on a bus and joined the party. 

Having an old Coke delivery truck seemed appropriate given our tough new drinking and driving laws.

Flappers and gangsters were on hand to make us feel at home.

While the music plays on, our new friends seem to be in a bit of bother with the constabulary.

The name hasn't changed at all from when I was a student and exploring the big city.  The old sign is still there...

...but so is a stylish new one (the curtains are just for the party).  Doesn't quite have the same feel, does it?  Even what we call these establishments has changed.  This would have been known as a 'beer parlor' when it opened and well into the 1960's.  The designation: 'pub' has slowly taken over and is now the norm.  But the whole concept is different.  You wouldn't find much to eat in a beer parlor.  Who would've wanted to do that?  Our lunch here was delicious.

Cheers, Lamplighter!


Joanna said...

What fun! Looks like you were enjoying yourself.

Rudee said...

What a great place! I love the period reenactment the establishment provided. Very cool.

Ginny said...

I never would have thought! I thought you went to a car show. But this is so much more fun, how cool! I love the gangster and his moll! How long was this place closed and was there something else there till now, or was it just empty? And you know I want to know what you ate and what a pub actually has on the menu! Maybe another post? Love the picture of you!

Stephanie V said...

Ginny - this was only closed during the renovations. It's been continuously in use since the license was granted. We had organic beef sliders and yam fries with spicy mayo. And beer, of course.

Anonymous said...

I love it, that you both take advantage of all the happenings around town. I never thought to go over an have a look. I love the old cars but would have enjoyed seeing the costumes as well.

J Diva said...

OMG!! You went to the Lamplighter!! That place can either be über trendy or total goth!!! I was expecting to see you gothing it up or something!! Got me all excited for not. Oh well... I'm glad you had a great day!!! Did you check out the Pourhouse while you were down there. The best Old Fashions in the city!!


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