We’ve all been there, scrounging up loose change to fund a night out of drinking on a budget. Affordable watering holes offered a break from mac and cheese and Mr. Noodles and pretty much guaranteed a hungover for that mid term exam. A pub with student friendly pricing was our best friend through university and the Harewood Arms Pub was our go to from our days as starving college students.
Locally owned and operated, the Harewood Arms Pub has been serving the Harewood community over twenty years. Having a dedicated following of regular customers, this is where students, sports teams, workaholics and alcoholics come to unwind. We ventured into our old stomping grounds and former rib eating competition training grounds for a good old fashioned gorge fest.
The Harewood Arms offers your standard pub fare, a host of pub mainstays as well as pastas, stir fries and seafood in generous portion sizes. Every night is wing night here after 4pm. Five bucks gets you a big basket of juicy wings, voted best in the city in 2011. In preparation for the Nanaimo Barbecue Festival this past summer, Ayaka inhaled plates of honey garlic wings or “practice ribs” and credits these rib training sessions as the reason for her successful first place finish in the ladies’ division.
The kitchen has recently launched a mini appetizer menu for those times you’re looking for a nice snack to offset heavy beer consumption. Enjoy a plate of pork pot stickers with a soy dipping sauce or some crispy potato skins. Or share a some garlic hummus and baked garlic naan bread. Not advisable to order this one on date night if you plan on canoodling later however.
Deep fried brownies was something that definitely caught our attention; disturbing in design, yet strangely compelling. Chocolate and coconut brownies wrapped in wonton wrappers are deep fried and drizzled in chocolate sauce and whipped cream…perfect for late night munchies! All these and a slew of others for the equally mini price of $3.95
Test your knowledge against fellow geeks over a game of music trivia on Wednesdays and enjoy a Harewood burger while you’re at it for only $4.95 a pop. Or if you are looking to steal the spotlight or to test the limits of your eardrums, come and belt a tune during karaoke on Fridays. Not into singing? Come down a bust a move to live bands every Saturday.
Every Sunday, they also feature a roast beef dinner featuring their famous yorkies, mashed potatoes, veggies and gravy. A crowd favourite and a very respectable meal for under $9.
The Harewood Arms is great for students on a budget as it is located a stone’s throw away from Vancouver Island University. They have a student night on Tuesdays supplying free pool and cheap food and drink specials for students. In addition, the offer a 10% discount for study groups of 6 or more and provide free wireless internet.
In addition to serving quality food, the Harewood Arms is also known for their community involvement. They host variety of fundraisers and contribute to many local charities, from the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation to minor hockey. On most Saturdays they host beer and burger fundraisers, and sponsor sports teams throughout the year.
If you’re looking for a good meal served in a casual and friendly atmosphere without breaking the bank, pay a visit to the Harewood Arms Pub.
The Harewood Arms Pub
508 8th Street
Friday & Saturday 11am-2am
*Disclosure- This delicious post was brought to you by the Harewood Arms Pub, who helped us get to the International Food Bloggers Conference. However all opinions expressed here are our own and always will be.