Picture this: You’re in Niagara Falls, on historic Lundy’s Lane not far from what’s possibly Canada’s most famous battleground, from 1812.
It’s hot. You’ve been walking. You’re hungry.
And you come across a place that bills itself as “a speakeasy-inspired gastropub” designed to remind you of the 1920s (you remember the 20s, right?)
It’s called The Blind Pig.
You read that right: The Blind Pig. Don’t ask us why.
The décor says early 20th century, but the menu is definitely now.
Think lots of varieties of wine and beer, hand-crafted cocktails.
And after your thirst is quenched – for the moment, at least – you eyeball the menu to see small-plate items like Drunken Mussels, Coconut Shrimp and Lobster Mac N Cheese.
Then you move on to the big boys – the Blind Pig Burger, Rickard’s Red Battered Fish and Chips, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Cheese Ravioli Primavera and a lot more, plus nearly a half-dozen types of pizzas to choose from. There’s a kids’ menu too, plus gluten-sensitive offerings and daily and weekly specials. The Blind Pig, at 6689 Lundy’s Lane, has all that. Plus … you’re only a short drive (via car or the WeGo tourist buses) from the best tourist zones in Niagara Falls.
Head west and cross over the Queen Elizabeth Way and you’ve got a whole neighbourhood full of attractions to, well, attract you, including golf, bowling and one of Canada’s best indoor water parks.
Head east and you’re bound to end up at either Clifton Hill – the world-famous strip with quirky museums, go-kart racing, 3-D rides and Casino Niagara – or southeast to the Fallsview district, where there are more attractions including the massive Niagara Fallsview Casino. Of course, before you head to the Blind Pig or after you’ve been fed and watered there, you will want to see the mighty falls themselves. They’re not actually the eighth wonder of the world, though some people think so.
Suffice to say, you will nonetheless be impressed by the power of the water rushing over the edge, seemingly drawing you in as you stand at the brink near Table Rock. It’s nature’s original thrill ride.
But remember, your day either starts or ends at The Blind Pig.