By Erica Eades, Assistant Arts Editor
You’re in your first year of university. You (or your parents) are about to dish out some serious cash for tuition, residence, textbooks and everything else you might need for life on your own. But keeping a steady social life during your freshman year is just as important as keeping up with your school work. The solution? Knowing where to get cheap food and drinks, of course.
If it’s beer you’re after, Split Crow’s Molson Power Hour is not to be missed. The pub on Granville St. offers $2.50 draughts from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Be sure to show up early, because tables always go quickly!
Another option is The Propeller Brewery on Gottingen Street, which offers tours every day for groups of 10 or more. The cost is $15 per person and that gets you a tour of the brewery and two hours of all-you-can-drink Propeller beer. Just remember to call ahead, because booking is required.
The Maxwell’s Plum on Grafton Street is a prime English pub. With 60 beers on tap and over 100 brands in bottles and cans, there is truly something for everyone. Their infamous Brewtenders are great for splitting between a few friends. This massive beer monolith holds 80 oz and costs a mere $19.95. Brewtenders offer a different brand of beer for each day of the week, including Heineken on Mondays and Stella on Saturdays.
Maxwell’s is another cornerstone when it comes to food. Up for a Saturday morning football game? You can catch the Premier League games at Maxwell’s along with their amazing $2.00 breakfast deal. Hang out with the boys of Chelsea and Arsenal while enjoying a cheap and delicious English breakfast.
If you’re spending the evening at Maxwell’s, be sure to stay until 11 p.m. when everything on their “fun food” menu is half off for an hour. Choose from a variety of pub food such as nachos, mozza sticks and combination plates, all for under $5.
Looking for a step up from a $2 meal but still don’t want to spend a fortune? The Greek Village on Quinpool Road offers an incredible breakfast menu. For $5.29, you can enjoy a full spread of eggs, toast, home fries and your choice of either breakfast meat or fresh tomatoes. The full breakfast menu is available everyday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but if you arrive during their scheduled breakfast hours, you also receive complimentary coffee or tea.
Learning to live on a budget isn’t easy, but it is possible. With our help, you’ll be happily eating and drinking your way through your first year – without going broke!