Guelph Bars | Top 10 Bars in Guelph

Wooo partaaay! But where are you going to go tonight? Here is the list of the top 10 bars in Guelph as of September 2011 (in no particular order) that you may love, or maybe you haven’t even been to yet!

1. Frank & Steins / Apartment 58 Franks is a classic bar whether for dinner, drinks, the hockey game,  Franks is a great atmosphere and has cheap drink nights and wing deals weekly. Have had some sweet live bands in there that get everyone dancing. Apartment 58 is the club upstairs that usually has anything from top 40 to house to hip-hop and currently has promotions handled by Fresh Media – who always make the party crazy!

2.NV Lounge A bar that most people overlook, depending on what night you go you can have a great time. Fridays are usually the day to go, but with their huge drink menu any nights a great night.

3. Van Goghs Ear Also one of the classic Guelph bars, Van Gough’s (Ear) has three floors that will accommodate any music tastes. First floor will have anything from live bands to top 40 music with a stage to dance on, while upstairs has huge parties hosted by the guys at Guelph Nightlife for their third floor “Loft”.

4. Vinyl /Jimmy Jazz A great place that may have a minor cover, but hey..$2 drinks! Awesome music, dancing, booths, stage, and the place to hit up on a Wednesday, Thursday, or whatever night you feel like hitting the bars! Jimmy Jazz is right next door with a great place to chill out and yes, a patio!

5. Albion Hotel On the edge of the downtown area, Albion Hotel has great food and a bar scene that is distinct. Upstairs there is a dance floor but nightly music choices are very different.

6. Trappers Alley / Tabu / Palace One address, three very different scenes. Main floor is the famous Trappers with their dollar beers and atmosphere that can result in a sloppy night for first year students. Upstairs, Palace offers a very open club scene that plays top 40 and hip hop for the most part with a balcony, huge dance floor, and dancing cages. Downstairs, a newly established nightclub Tabu is now fully up and running thanks to the LateNites crew. They have wild house music that hits you hard and the best laser light show in Guelph.

7. Doogies/ Pablo’s Very friendly bars that are joined at the hip, go to either one and you will hear live music from the Doogie’s stage whether you want to hear some Tom Petty or Oasis. Pool tables, foosball and an extremely chill crowd, but a party if you’re looking for it.

8.  McCabe’s Right at the corner where everything is happening, this is the place to go to with a big group, grab some wings and pints and have a great time. Has a big screen to watch the game, live bands, and an overlooking open second floor bar.

9. Bobby O’briens / Opus Lounge Bobby O’briens was the place to watch the Vancouver games this year and it isn’t any surprise with their great food specials, variety of beers on tap, and flat screen televisions as well as a big screen on the back wall. Opus, also put on by the LateNites crew is a classy club upstairs with leather couches and a bangin’ dance floor.

10. Brass Taps The official University campus bar, has pool tables, great bar grub, and a variety of entertainment from live bands todance music.

— Looking for some grub after your night out? Check out our Top 10 places for post-bar food

 

 

 

 

Waterloo Sushi | Top 5 Waterloo Sushi Restaurants

Here are the 5 best sushi restaurants in Waterloo – September 2011

Some are all you can eat, others are better for sushi take out. Maps are provided when you click the restaurant title links. The Restaurants begin with the best (or our favourite – everything is just our opinion).

  1. Tomu Sushi (Dine in and Take out, not all-you-can-eat)
    • This is now definitely the best sushi waterloo. It is a great price and absolutely delicious. It’s not that close to campus, but it is totally worth the trip. You get all kinds of free Korean goodies when you dine in, and you even get miso soup (and sometimes salad) with your takeout. This is both the best tasting and the best value sushi in the waterloo area.
  2. Sakura Island (Dine In, Take Out, NOT All-You-Can-Eat)
    • Second best sushi waterloo. The sashimi is a little expensive unless you get it in one of their combos – so make sure to do that. They have great lunch combos as well – try the spicy salmon lunch, lots of food for about 10 bucks.
  3. Sushi 99(Dine in , Take Out, All you can eat)
    • We’re really happy with this new addition to the Waterloo Sushi line up. If you are looging for all you can eat and want to try something a little different than Ye’s – we say give Sushi 99 a shot!
  4. Nikko Nikko(Dine In, Take Out, NOT All-You-Can-Eat)
    • This sushi restaurant is technically in Kitchener, but it’s worth the short drive.
  5. Yummyaki (Dine In, Take Out, All-You-Can-Eat, also have regular menu)
    • Yummyaki has a great all you can eat menu. The sushi is good – fresh fish and not too much rice in the rolls.
  6. Ye’s Sush (Dine In, Take Out, All-You-Can-Eat, also have regular menu)
    • Ye’s is probably the best known sushi restaurant in Waterloo. It’s famous for the all you can eat menu. Their is also a Ye’s in Kitchener (the original.) The Kitchener location is better, they seem to use less rice in their rolls
  7. Ye’s Sush (Dine In, Take Out, All-You-Can-Eat, also have regular menu)
    • Ichiban is new to our list – good food, good value, great staff
  8. Iron Chef (Dine In, Take Out, NOT All-You-Can-Eat)
    • Iron Chef is located in the University plaza, so if you are just coming from a class at UW it’s definitely the most convenient. They have great lunch menus. Ordering sushi a la cart from this restaurant is little preicey. Their Miso soup doesn’t have much to it. Still a great choice for a quick lunch.

That’s our list! Feel free to leave us a comment. Let us know if you’ve found another waterloo sushi restaurant that belongs in the list!

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Waterloo Bars | Top 10 Bars in Waterloo

The following is a list of the best bars in Waterloo Ontario as of September 2011

The list starts with the best. Click on the name of the bar to see a map of its location in Waterloo. The post is just our opinion and we are heavily in favour of cheap, fun, student bars. Let us know what you think by leaving a comment.

  1. Phil’s
    • Everyone knows Phil’s as one of the dirtiest bars in the city, but everyone also agrees that it’s probably the most fun. We recommend going to Phil’s on a Wednesday (hip hop night) or a Saturday (electro night). The best part of Phil’s is definitely the cheap drinks – $2.25 EVERY NIGHT. ($5 cover..)
  2. Bomber
    • The Bomber is UW’s on campus bar. It’s pretty well only good on Wednesday, but it’s usually packed and plays good music. Drinks are pretty cheap, but they can take about 20 minutes to line up for. You need a UW student to sign you in. Show up before 10pm unless you want to wait in a huge line.
  3. Revolution (Rev)
    • Rev is the biggest bar in Waterloo. It’s huge and it gets pretty busy on Fridays. Music is good, cover and drinks are a little expensive.
  4. Starlight
    • Starlight has become one of the most popular bars on king st. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you definitely should.
  5. The Turret
    • The Turret is Laurier’s campus bar. It’s good most nights, usually lot’s of Laurier chicks. You’ll need a Laurier student to sign you in.
  6. Philthy McNasties (philthy’s)
    • Philthy’s has a bar/pub area upstairs and more of a club downstairs. The bouncers are a little nuts about who they let on the stage.. but the music is good and the drinks are decently cheap.
  7. Ceasar Martini’s (Ceasar’s)
    • Ceasar’s is usually an alright time. The best night to go is Thursday. The drinks aren’t overly cheap and the people are sometimes a little
  8. Chainsaw (the ex-Spur)
    • If you remember the Silver Spur, chainsaw is pretty much the same thing. It’s a karaoke bar with cheap beers and wings.
  9. Morty’s (pub)
    • Morty’s has the best Hot chicken wings in Waterloo. The pitchers aren’t super cheap, it’s worth going just for the wings) Cheap Wings Nights are Monday and Thursday
  10. The Fox and The Fiddle (The Fox – pub)
    • The Fox has the best wings in general in Waterloo (Ancho chipotle are the best.) It’s a little dark, but good wings and cheap beer. The Cheap Wing Nights are Sunday and Wednesday.
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The Weekly Schedule

Here is our recommendation for what bar you should go to every day of the week in Waterloo.

  • Monday: Philthy’s
  • Tuesday: The Vault
  • Wednesday: Phil’s
  • Thursday: Ceasar’s
  • Friday: Rev
  • Saturday: Phil’s
  • Sunday: The Fox

Non-Top 10 Bars

These guys didn’t quite make the top 10, but they’re worth mentioning:

  • Molly’s
  • Starlight
  • Roxanne’s
  • Front Row

Leave a comment below to let us know what you think of our ranking. Maybe give us a few suggestions of other bars that belong in the list.

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Management Books | Top 10 Management Books

The 10 best business management books as of May 2010. This list has them all, in order of best to worst.

  1. The Art of Exceptional Living – Jim Rohn
    • Not a management book by definition, but probably one of the best tools you will ever come across. This is an audio book that combines recordings of live lectures with other more directed chapters. It is an absolute must-read (or listen) for life and for management.
  2. First, Break All the Rules – Marcus Buckingham
    • This management book holds the results of an extensive study performed by the Gallup group into why the most effectives managers were just that. The managers studied were often famous for breaking the norms of the business world though the use of new and innovative management strategies.
  3. Winning – Jack Welch
    • This book describes the successful strategies employed by Jack Welch as he let General Electric to the top. The book has great lessons for both management and for life.
  4. Strengths Finder 2.0 – Gallup Organization
    • This management books helps readers to identify their core areas of competency. This should be one of the first steps any manger takes. Not only will it help you to recognize your own strengths, but also those of the employees you manage.
  5. One-Minute Manager – Spencer Johnson and Kenneth H. Blanchard
    • This short and to-the-point book discusses how you can apply the best and most fundamental management strategies to your life right away.
  6. Getting to Yes – Roger Fisher
    • This Book explains one of the best proven negotiation strategies to date. The book is focused on a strategy know as “principled negotiations” developed by the Harvard Negotiation Project.
  7. Primal Leadership – Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, Annie McKee
    • Leadership is perhaps the most important aspect of any management strategy and any management book. Primal Leadership give insight into how leading and its results are heavily reliant on our basic human instincts and the makeup of our brains.
  8. Good to Great – Jim Collins
    • This management book describes how and why some companies make the jump from being mediocre to be extraordinary.
  9. 12: The Elements of Great Managing – Rodd Wagner & James Harter
    • The primary focus of this book is identifying what keeps employees actively engaged in their work. The book is full of evidence and examples of how all elements of management can be utilized.
  10. Getting Things Done
    • Essential to all managers is the ability to execute. This book is fundamental to all who seek to achieve results, especially in the area of management.

Feel free to leave comments that include the management books you have found to be most valuable. We’ve put our top 10 list into our Amazon account if you feel like purchasing a book directly – just click the book to find out more.

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