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The Grad Club

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1151 Richmond St
Middlesex College
London, Ontario, N6A 5B7

(519) 661-2111 | map

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Added by cratez on 11-16-2009

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3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I never expected to find a decent beer bar at UWO, but The Grad Club fits that bill. The strength of this place is an above average tap list, at reasonable value, with a lively atmosphere to boot.

Vibe is sit-down conversational during the day with an infinite number of wooden tables and chairs. Kitchen is at the back, bar is right by the front doors, tap handles and beer fridge are nicely visible, and a chalkboard lists the draught offerings. Every Thursday night, the legendary Rick McGee pounds out classic tunes on stage, which provides a great backdrop for drinking beer with friends. It can be a bit loud, but whatever.

Service is unexceptional as there usually aren't enough waiters to take everyone's orders, and the bartender is typically so busy that he doesn't have time to chat. But if you go to the bar you don't have to wait long for drinks.

Selection is better than you'd expect for a campus bar. Taps include Wellington County Ale, Unibroue Blanche De Chambly, Mill Street Tankhouse, Scotch Ale, and Cobblestone Stout, Creemore Springs Lager, Okanagan Pale Ale, and Big Rock Traditional. Bottles focus on macros but the selection is large, probably 20 brands. Pilsner Urquell stands out among the rest.

Food is no prize. Every dish is paired with fries, it often takes a while to arrive at the table, and the quality is just okay. There's some decent breakfast dishes, if beer with bacon & eggs is your thing.

Prices are reasonable as you might pay $5-7 for a pint and no more than $9-11 for food. This place is comparable to The Church Key and Ale House when it comes to selection, and the atmosphere is pretty cool. The website claims TGC is "meant" for grad students, but they rarely check for student I.D. and non-students imbibe here regularly. Overall, The Grad Club is a welcomed oasis on campus.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Raime
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of SuiGenerisBrewing
2.56/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of dipso123
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Sometimes they ask for ID, sometimes they ask for student ID. Sometimes the service is good. Taps were blanche de chambly, wellington SPA, big rock trad ale, and steamwhistle plus some rotation micro taps, with all the macros. Sum it up, 5 micro taps, with standard service. Sometimes it takes some time to get your beer. Sit back and relax and listen in to one of the many pretentious conversations going on. Order a burger, they are pretty good. As another BA says, the side for everything is fries, which are standard frozen ones.

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The Grad Club in London, ON, Canada
Place rating: 2.88 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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