When you think of a beer bar, do you think of 20 televisions all with the Oilers game on? Do you think of rock music from the 1990s? Do you think of overcooked burgers and stale nachos?
What makes Slow Pour Beer Bar so interesting is what it’s not. Each table is lit by candlelight there’s hip-hop music playing, but not loud enough to overpower a conversation — and there’s not a TV to be seen.
What Slow Pour does have is a rotating selection of curated beer and a simple menu of pub snacks. Think sandwiches, charcuterie and simple meals like a BLT on a croissant. I had the bruschetta, which, as the menu warned, was heavy on the garlic. And that’s a good thing. It went really well with the Czech dark lager from Sea Change that was one of the on-tap choices.
But what sets this small beer spot apart is that it’s a place where the beer, and the conversations you have with friends over a pint, come first. This is not a place filled with distractions. It’s a place where the star attraction is the pint and the interactions you’re having with friends.
So, when you ask a friend out to meet for a pint, this is a place where you’re really going to meet for a pint — not to play a video game, or watch sports highlights or walk into a karaoke night you didn’t know was happening. There’s lots of places in town that will tease all your sensory perceptions as much as you want. As the name suggests, at Slow Pour, the idea is to slow things down. Cheers to that.
Slow Pour Beer Bar
Oliver | 10416 122 St NW, Edmonton | slowpouryeg.com
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