The Golden Kiwi Pub and Grill
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 10
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by cratez:
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Last stop on a recent trip to Cambridge, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls with mrmanning.
The Golden Kiwi is a beautiful, tropical-themed pub and restaurant in the heart of downtown Cambridge.
We sat at the Tiki Bar and received excellent, friendly service from proprietor Len Owens, who used to grace the label of Grand River's Curmudgeon IPA.
The draught selection is very large and included Beau's Bog Water, Black Oak Pale Ale, Fuller's Bengal Lancer, Stone Hammer Oatmeal Coffee Stout, Grand River Plowman's Ale & Mill Race Mild, Wellington County Dark, Warsteiner Dunkel, and one or two St. Ambroise taps on our visit. In the past they've acquired rare beers that have barely shown up elsewhere in the province, such as Fuller's Mr. Harry and Hacker Pschorr Braumeister Pils.
Len proved to be anything but a curmudgeon as he told us the story behind the restaurant, his unauthorized appearance on the IPA label, and an upcoming "marché-style" beer dinner with brews from Fuller's, Grand River, McAuslan, and Beau's. He also let me borrow the phone when I realized I had left my license at The Winking Judge.
My pad Thai was superbly tasty and I was pleased to find the Bog Water on tap, which I hadn't sampled before coming here. Beer prices are slightly steep, however, as you can expect to pay $7.25 for most 20 oz imperial pints.
Overall, the Kiwi is an obvious destination in Cambridge and one of the better beer bars in Ontario. A strong commitment to craft, quirky New Zealand/"down under" atmosphere, awesome cuisine, and chatty approachable service with a smile. What more can a beer geek ask for?
03-04-2011 20:01:53 | More by cratez
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A unique pub/restaurant with an excellent selection of craft beer for the locale. I am not aware of anywhere else in the area offering Fuller's Pride and ESB, St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (i.e. religous experience), and a few from our local Gran River Brewing. The proporietor is less than friendly but I get the impression he is far friendlier once he gets to know you. I gave high service marks because he was very knowledgable about what he was serving and was frank about what was pouring well. Have eaten there on previous occasions and I was impressed with the fare. It was a little pricey however all three selections I made were superb and tasted far better than the bottled/canned versions I had previously tasted, meaning it was worth the money and I will be back (and I am forever deterred from the bottled/canned versions - damn!).
05-16-2011 22:03:56 | More by Stocean1
3.24/5 rDev -14.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
Best characteristics of the place: Fresh Grand River beers on tap; decent touristy clean part of town; parking readily available; Len the owner knows the beer he serves; by reputation, the food is decent for a bar; Len's picture graces the bottle of Grand River IPA; its a large place, you can always get a spot to have a beer.
Least likeable characteristics: Dark and dingy,Front bar smells. The owner is 65 - how much longer can the place stay open? Prices are Toronto based, they should be much cheaper; always understaffed
03-11-2010 21:06:58 | More by Sammy
The Golden Kiwi Pub and Grill in Cambridge, ON, Canada
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.