The Rum Runner Pub

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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
JesseM  (43) Margaritaville , Ontario | February 9, 2013
Never noticed this place was entered. I’ve been here many times over the years in various contexts. Generally a good place to go hang out with some good friends, with usually 2 or 3 decent tap options from local or semi-local breweries. The food is alright, typical pub stuff that is filling but doesn’t seem meant to impress in any way. Staff are always friendly and fairly attentive. The subterranean atmosphere is pretty neat, it may or may not have at one time been a speakeasy, I wouldn’t be surprised if they choose to play this up a bit in the next decade or so with the centennials of the 1920’s on the horizon. I’m fairly certain they have little in the way of legitimate proof of the location having been part of a rum-running network during prohibition (especially considering prohibition only lasted 2 years in Canada as opposed to 13 in the US). All that aside, I enjoy this place, although sometimes the clientele can make it feel a bit like a low-life dive bar, with the odd failed/wannabe comedian hanging around owing to the Yuk Yuks thing, but to be fair that’s to be expected in downtown Kitchener.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Stoutgirl86  (13) Kitchener, Ontario | May 27, 2012
This place has a classic neighbourhood pub feel. It’s in the basement of the Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener, so is lacking a patio (which would bring the ambiance up to %100) but the stone basement is wonderful and has a very friendly homy feel to it. Not great selection but does have some non-main stream selection including Flying Monkeys Amber, Palm, (the ubiquious) Waterloo Dark and all the Keith’s. A very broad menu which includes extensive burger (all available in herbivore format) selections, traditional pub food and some more unique specialties including some gluten free selections. Very friendly down to earth staff. I’ve been their dressed up and in my most tattered jeans and both times felt completely at home. Overall it was the best well-rounded pub I’ve been to in the try-city area.

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