Want a good beer on tap? Too bad, so sad for you. Boston Pizza only serves generic pisswater beer on tap. Even their bottle selection is lacking.
Want a bite to eat? The food is decent for what it is. Nothing to write home about, it is obviously just frozen stuff the ‘chef’ heated up.
Music can help to bring about a decent atmosphere. Unfortunately, at Boston Pizza the waitresses only play what they want to hear. Get ready for horrible pop music of today: Beiber, Katy Perry, Smiley Virus, et al, will be played in regular rotation and far too loud. If this is supposed to be a sports bar, perhaps something more appropriate such as classic rock? Nope, you’re out of luck.
Regulars include annoying ‘bros’ and vagrants. Boston Pizza still hasn’t clued in that if they operate a bar in downtown Winnipeg, at least one employee who is (or can effectively double as) a security guard would be a fine idea. The waitresses aren’t equipped to be hauling out backwards-hat-wearing drunken bros puking on themselves, or nasty vagrants with already-puke-coated-clothing stumbling in and trying to bum smokes from patrons.
One of the few advantages is the multiple TVs for watching a sporting event. That said, too many times the serving staff have mucked up the audio/visual experience. If your bar has, say, 25 televisions, and 24 are displaying The Big Game, then perhaps don’t base the bar’s audio source on the one lone TV that is showing golf. As well, if some of the TVs that are broadcasting The Big Game are set to non-HD, and others to HD, the slight time lag becomes a nuisance. Complaining to waitresses generates no solutions, you must wait however long it takes for a manager to arrive on the scene to fix these issues.
It is a well known fact that Daddy Issues and attention-seeking can be a severe affliction for many young women today. It has also created a nuisance at places such as Boston Pizza…
For example, one time, Yours Truly was having a drink with some of the members of the DSC and all of our drinks were empty and had been for some time. The bar was also nearly empty, and there was our waitress, looking bored and blankly staring at the floor. Tried to get her attention to no avail. What did she do instead? She suddenly looked up towards the ceiling, held up her phone as high as her arm would reach and pointed it down towards herself, thrust out her chest, and made a ‘duck face.’ With the flash of her phone’s camera, a selfie was shot. She then quickly toyed around with her phone (no doubt uploading to Facebook with the text “like OMG, I’m like so totally at work right now LOL!”), and then immediately went back to looking bored. Alas, one of us eventually had to approach her to get another round ordered.
And just like any other such bar frequented by bros, the waitresses fully engage in flirting for tips. Quite annoying when done following subpar service, and usually at its peak when paying the bill. Some sad guys fall victim to this (remember that South Park episode with the restaurant Raisins?) and think “wow, she likes me, she must really really like me! I’ll tip her real good and maybe she’ll come home with me!” so it is a strategy many servers employ and Boston Pizza is no different. Fake-flirting when bringing the bills to counter subpar service… are you surprised? It’s less effort on their part than being attentive to their tables’ food and drink situation.
Again, a sad state for downtown Winnipeg if Boston Pizza is one of the lesser annoying places to go for a beer.
The Midtown Troll