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the ship pub

Name: The Ship Pub
Where: 256 Duckworth St. at Solomon’s Lane
Average Price: $Around 30 dollars for two with non-alcoholic drinks, 40-45 dollars with wine or beer.
Rating: 4/5
Traditional pub food and some fusion



Hours: noon – 4pm Saturday to Thursday and noon – 8pm on Fridays

The Ship Pub is the unofficial artists bar in downtown St.John’s. Nestled down the stairway alley of Solomon’s Lane, just off of Duckworth St., the Ship(once known as The Ship Inn) was at one time so infamous that CODCO immortalized the pub in it’s classic “Ship Inn Men” sketch. The Ship was a much more rough and ready bar back then , but it has since mellowed with age in the best possible way.

It is the place to go for the best the local folk music scene has to offer and it has become a fantastic venue for the indie scene as well. Local promoters Mightypop have packed The Ship many times over, bringing in popular indie bands such as Yukon Blonde and the legendary Bonnie Prince Billy from the mainland. It’s become a real pillar of the music scene where all acts are welcome, and events such as book launches, fundraising dinners, and poetry readings are also held there.

In addition to all this, The Ship also serves up some excellent food. Offering a varied menu from noon – 4pm Saturday to Thursday and noon – 8pm on Fridays, The Ship also does a fantastic brunch on weekends from noon – 3pm. The brunch menu has something for everyone, whether you want an actual breakfast or a plate of pasta. Their classic breakfast is plenty without being too much, and their breakfast burrito hits the spot and then some, with scrambled eggs, cheese, and 3 other fixings of your choice including onions, peppers, mushrooms, bacon, and sausage. All this and it comes with The Ship’s famous hash browns too. There’s also french toast for those with a sweet tooth. It’s a carb overload with a side of hash browns, but still very irresistible. For a more traditional Newfoundland brunch option, try their salt fish cakes laced with Mt. Scio Farm’s famous savory. The brunch is the perfect start to a Saturday of downtown socializing, or a great straightener after a late weekend night.

There’s plenty beyond the weekend brunch menu as well. The Ship also offers up an array of soups, wraps, sandwiches, frittatas, and pastas. The cod chowder is some of the best in St.John’s, with a slightly sweet, creamy broth, and plenty of fresh carrot, turnip, potato, and cod. It’s the perfect meal for a bitter cold day, it will warm you like nothing else. Also on the seafood side of things is the fish and chips, available in 1 piece, 2 piece, or most popular their cod bites, all with optional, but highly recommended, dressing and gravy. It’s by no means a light meal but it is some of the finest fish and chips around, though the debate on that rages on!

Besides seafood, there’s The Ship’s tasty pastas, there’s usually a different special everyday and their menu mainstay is the Cajun chicken pasta. It certainly stands out from all the traditional pub fare and it’s a very satisfying and rich meal, piled high with enough to take home or to share.

In terms of sandwiches there’s the classic Ship burger, a thick fresh beef patty topped with whatever you fancy. The club sandwich is simple and very generous, the addition of ham to the standard chicken and bacon makes it all the more substantial. For lighter fare, The Ship also serves a variety of fresh and colorful salads that come with chicken upon request. All three, the garden, the Greek, and the Caesar, are topped with dressings make in house.

In addition to the food, The Ship is also, of course, a pub. There’s plenty on tap, in the coolers, and on the shelves to wet ones whistle. From classic pub favorites like Guinness, Dab, Kilkenny, and Harp to local institutions like Black Horse, The Ship provides an eclectic mix on tap. Drop by for a pint and a bite, you’ll be glad you did.

By:Vanessa Wade