First off, why is Fairhaven so brilliant? It’s charming and friendly and you can feel comfortable anywhere wearing a hoodie and Cons (or Chuck Taylors, as many B.C. people seem to call them).
And while the residents seem liberal and relaxed, the place couldn’t really be described as entirely granola or anything.
This is a big plus in my books.
There are great places to get a glass of wine and appies, and the happy hours (I love happy hours in the States!) are totally worth the drive from the Lower Mainland.
There are some great places there. One of my favourites is the Dirty Dan Harris Steakhouse (“Dirty Dan’s”) – awesome happy hours. I’ve never actually eaten dinner here because the draw of the cute little upstairs bar (overlooking the restaurant) with the super-friendly bartenders is simply too much to resist.
Another fun place is Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant- check out the “Big Mama” margaritas! The patio is so comfortable on a good day and it overlooks the Colophon Cafe and the little grassy area where outdoor movies are shown in the summer.
Anyway, the Skylark…with walls covered in floor-to-(high) ceiling gold-framed mirrors, the decor is unique and almost chic without the place seeming pretentious (I still feel comfy getting away with that hoodie)(mind you, I pretty much always do).
Starting at 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, they have these dinner specials for $8.95. I had pork medallions and they also offer spaghetti and meatballs and a few other things for this price (I can’t remember them all and, frankly, their website sucks and I can’t see the menus).
All told, two dinners and a glass of wine came to $22. Take that, Earls/Cactus Club/Moxie’s/whatever.