Christian's Bar
Christian's Bar
4.5
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Best place to get Screeched In in Newfoundland. “A place that sense of occasion” New York Times Travel Magazine. #1 Screech In Ceremony (The Scope) Top 5 Deatinations in Atlantic Canada (Travelocity)
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  • Tracey W
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Official Newfoundlanders!!
    I really wasn’t sure I wanted to be screeched in or kiss the cod but I’m glad I participated! I’m also glad we chose Christian’s. Chef Lukey was well worth the price of admission! Lots of laughs, some interesting facts all around good fun. Also worth noting - he offers a non alcoholic version of screech for those who don’t partake!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Biff Simpson
    Wilbraham, Massachusetts943 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where everyone knows your name…
    There are a number of videos on YouTube about being “screeched in” and your experience will be nearly exactly as in the videos. This is not a knock. It is a sign of an entertainer who practices what he does three times a day. Furthermore, he memorizes everyone’s name and personally hands you your certificate. A class act and a wonderful time.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • pgbsw24
    Dieppe, Canada82 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely give it a try
    Great spot for a screech-in ceremony. We arrived near the beginning of the ceremony hence we were directed to the upper part of the bar till the ceremony was done! We had previously been screeched-in so we didn't mine. Lots of cold beverage and music.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 17, 2023
  • Dina B
    Victoria, Canada16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Come and Get Screeched!!!!!
    Chef Lukey is a wonderful introduction to St. John’s and this is THE BEST place and experience to get screeched! I tell you Chef Lukey you could sell your tasty tidbit Newfie steak bite as a Newfie steak sandwich! We had a great time at Christian’s pub!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Tara R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top shelf! I couldn’t have asked for a better experience!
    Wow!!! To say that the NL hospitality is warm and friendly is an understatement! Luke at Christian’s on George Street, was a top shelf Newf! He screeched in over 20 people at once, remembering EVERYONES name! My Newfie friends who took me to Christians said that was THE best presentation ever!!! If you get the opportunity to get to the Rock, and you don’t go to Christian’s, you are doing a great disservice to yourself! Christian’s atmosphere and drinks were a real taste of what NL is. Go to Christian’s, and kiss a cod! You will not be disappointed! That is my promise to you!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • bunnyb589
    Brampton, Canada11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Screech in
    Thank you Luke you made a memorable night for us. I'm sorry I forgot your bartenders name but he's a keeper. We are in our 70's coming put of covid and you both gave us back the fun to be had in life. Good luck to you and your family. I'm now a newfi and when hopefully I get to heaven I'll be the one that still wants to go home.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 9, 2023
  • sgmtl
    Montreal, Canada17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The place to get Screeched In !
    My husband and I got “screeched in” here on the last night of our Newfoundland tour and we loved it! Great atmosphere, Captain Lukey told great stories, made up some fried bologna, had a good shot of screech and certificates to prove we are official Newfies! Would highly recommend coming here !
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
  • BossHoss24
    Calgary, Canada20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Screeched IN Masterpiece
    The 6 of us got screeched at the end of our East Coast Trail adventure!! A fantastic experience with Skipper "Chef" Lukey to kiss the cod , eat the Newfie steak and a shot of screech! His performance and knowledge is unbelievable. Do not miss this and stay for a few pints!! A must do!!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Lynn H
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best experience
    We popped along from our cruise ship. The pub was busy but we got a warm welcome. We had a fabulous time doing the screeching ceremony. We learned a lot about the traditions. Everyone who visits St John’s should go to this bar. I was smiling all the way back to the ship. Maybe that was the rum 🥰
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 22, 2023
  • Diane H
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AWESOME!!!
    This bar is not to be missed! The place to go and get screeched in by Skipper Lukey. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, never had as much fun or laughed as hard! Would definitely go back, it truly is a very welcoming place. And so with a nod, a wink and a "alright cock", long may your big gib draw!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 19, 2024
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KTKowal
Halifax, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My family and I were screetched in on a Saturday evening and it was the highlight of our trip! It was an amazing experience and the bartender was super friendly and passionate about the ceremony. We actually learned a lot about NFLD as well. Whatsmore, there had to have been 20 of us there and he remembered each one of our names (after only telling him our names once). If you're looking for a real and authentic Newfie/ Irish pub night experience go to Christian's Bar!
Written May 23, 2022
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puckstopper31
Edmonton, Canada745 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Brian is such a true Newfy, a genuinely nice guy and a hell of a Bar Keep. Saw this place on YouTube months ago and knew this was where we wanted to be accepted as CFA’s…(come from always)…We got there hours early on purpose to have a few pints and grab some food. Everyone of the locals treated us like locals as we enjoyed good banter, funny jokes and cold beers. Not going to ride on the Anthony Bourdain thing, but there’s a reason he stopped here. Sure there are other places to become a local but no matter who we spoke to they all said Christian’s was the best..cannot say enough about how Brian made it a great experience and fun night for us. Please…put this on your todo list. But phone to get on his in advance!
Written April 28, 2022
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Olive Hugh
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
There is nothing to compare it to. I have been to Newfoundland probably over 10 years ago and got screeched with co-workers while on an iceberg tour. This time around I travelled my my adult children and wife as this was on my bucket list to do with my family.

This was an amazing experience as if you were part of a show. No comparison to my first experience and along my travels in the province that week as we met other tourists, we compared notes on where they have gotten screeched and they could not believe the video I showed them.

I was impressed that with probably over 30 to 40 customers that evening all names were remembered. We got to keep the shot glass as a memento along with certificate. We were even provided with a holder for certificate and shot glass. Gladly accommodate a non alcoholic drink for screech in as my wife and son cannot drink alcohol.

Thank you for such an am amazing time and memories.
Written June 27, 2022
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Cristina T
Mississauga, Canada7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
While researching options for a low key, casual, yet fun way to celebrate my husband's birthday during our visit to St John's in early July, I came across the idea of a "screeching in" ceremony. Based on the reviews I read, Christian's bar seemed to be the best place, and it did not disappoint! The bar is quaint, charming, and chef Lukey creates a great atmosphere. The ceremony was a lot of fun: the music, the bologna steak cooked "a la chef Lukey", the tales, the screech, the jokes, and of course, kissing the cod. It was a unique, unforgettable experience, highly recommended for anyone looking to become an honorary Newfoundlander!
Written August 24, 2021
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guydorge
Vernon, Canada37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
A Genuine Newfoundland Experience that Any Visitor Must Enjoy. The owner, Bryan, gave an incredible indoctrination into Newfoundland Culture and well-earned Pride. Do NOT miss this opportunity. He personalized the Screeched-In Ceremony and made it Special for Each one of us. His Ode to his Idol Tony Bourdain was heartwarming and his mention of how to be KIND to everyone because you Never know What someone is going through at any given time, showed the Heart of this small business owner. Cheers Bryan. We are now Proud Newfoundlanders.
Written July 22, 2022
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Dale M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
My daughter (24) and I (54) got screeched in by Lukey. It was definitely a memorable experience and a must do while in St. John's. Luke did a great job of entertaining, informing and making everyone feel welcome and included. Be sure to try the Lukey lager while you're there.
Written July 18, 2023
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Lesli
92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Had great fun even in the midst of the pandemic. Brian was great. He does this a couple of times a day everyday but still made us feel like he was having a good time! The mask on the cod was classic and the Newfoundland steak was.... Newfoundland steak!! Thanks Brian... Best place to get Screeched In in Newfoundland.
Written October 21, 2021
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Mary Lou R
Sarnia, Canada10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The “screeching in” ritual performed by Skipper Lukie was over the top fun & entertainment. He did an amazing job with his storytelling, flambé bologna, screech toast & of course the ceremonial kissing of the cod!!! Amazingly he was able to remember all 16 family members by name & make us all feel welcome.

Christians is a must see destination for anyone visiting St. John’s & these honourary Newfies look forward to returning!
Written July 12, 2023
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sgmtl
Montreal, Canada17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
My husband and I got “screeched in” here on the last night of our Newfoundland tour and we loved it! Great atmosphere, Captain Lukey told great stories, made up some fried bologna, had a good shot of screech and certificates to prove we are official Newfies! Would highly recommend coming here !
Written September 10, 2023
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Erica M
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
We had an awesome time here. We went mainly to be ‘screeched-in’ as honourably Newfoundlanders and it exceeded our expectations. The bartender & screech-in instructor, “Chef Lukey”, was hilarious but also accommodating to the bar patrons. It was an entertaining but informative speech that I am glad I was a part of during my time here in Newfoundland.
Written August 27, 2022
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