The Great Canadian Hotel Bar Hop: Sheraton Newfoundland's Bivver Lounge
This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.
Well the journey is finally over. You’ve made it across the Canadian Rockies and the prairie plains to the rugged east coast. At the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland's bivver Lounge in St John's, we don't know whether it’s because Halloween’s just past or because of the current chill in the air (political, and the snow we've just witnessed from our window), but bivver makes us shiver (we just couldn’t resist). And dammit, after last night's US Elections, we need a drink. We all do, and our Canadian friends are serving up right!
Clever puns aside, in actual fact "bivver" is an expression that those from Newfoundland, or “The Rock,” use that means to shiver, shake, or tremble with the cold, so if you want to stop bivvering, you only have to step inside the elegant, contemporary bivver Lounge (it is killing us to lowercase bivver, btw) to warm up with a shot of Screech, a rum-based bevvie bottled on the island. (If you’ve never been to a Screech-in, make sure you do when you’re in town. Then you, too, can be an honorary Newfoundlander – number 12 on that bucket list, are we right?)
But back to the lounge. It was renovated in 2010, and is all creamy whites and warm-colored wood, with enough flair to make it interesting. A large local crowd hangs out here ‘cause although it’s sophisticated in feel, it has that casual and cozy Canadian east coast thing going on.
There is a wide selection of local spirits and beer, and a mean classic martini can be had, but don’t be afraid of the bivver shiver. It’s a martini-type cocktail made with Iceberg Vodka (you have to appreciate the humor in that), blue Curaçao, vermouth and is topped with cranberry juice.
Rates for a Traditional King in December is CAD $158 (same as US$ right now), but you should splurge for the Deluxe King for CAD $193 which gives you a view over the St John’s Harbour. Both rooms, though, are nice and large at a minimum of 335 sq. ft.
[Photos: Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland]