The Bridge Hotel is a Richmond institution. Located in a 100-year-old building — split in two by a quaint cobblestone laneway — the pub-cum-diner received a neat renovation back in 2011. It's now decked out with leather banquettes, lush hanging plants (and bikes), lots of exposed brick and quiet nooks and crannies to hideaway in.
But don't get too distracted by the Bridge Hotel's impressive interior, the food and drink specials are why we're here. There's a weekday happy hour (with $4 pots and $5 wines), cheap parmas and steaks on Tuesday and Wednesday, $13 espresso martinis all day on Friday and $5 recovery Coronas on Sunday.
And then there's Saturday — where a whole host of deals are on offer. As Saturdays are always busy — naturally — it's recommended that you book a booth. Each reservation comes with a free bottle of sparkling and a guest list, so that friend who's always running late can still make it in. You have to pre-pay a $100 bar tab to reserve your spot, but you can put this towards the Bridge Hotel's other promotion: the Match the Bar Tab.
Until the end of May, pre-pay any tab (up to $150) and the pub will match your contribution. Meaning you can get up to $300 of drinks, of which 50-percent is free. The pub is sweetening the deal, even more, by throwing in a free jug of a the Skipping Girl Sour cocktail with every matched tab. It's a mix of Absolut Citron, coconut cream, pineapple juice and lemon or mint garnish.
Don't delay, booths get snapped up fast.