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“Ghastly”
Review of George Street

George Street
Ranked #7 of 93 things to do in St. John's
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Owner description: The entertainment center of St. John's, offering events, nightlife and shopping.
St. John's, Canada
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Ghastly”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

A tourist rip-off filled with stage Irish, faux "folk" music and drunken and drugged-out louts. The most overrated "attraction"on the island. Forget it.

Visited September 2012
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Haliburton, Ontario
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“Party time with a variety of music”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Went to Shannahans and O'Tooles for local music. A good time was had by all. Definitely a place to go for those who like to party and wander from pub to pub safely. The food is just average pub fare with a few local seafood specialties. A definite must see at night for the younger crowd.

Visited May 2013
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Orono, ME
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Live Music and Great Fun”
Reviewed May 18, 2013

No matter what night of the week, there's live music on George Street. Even early in the evening, before the pubs have started to fill, there are still great musicians playing to mostly empty rooms. This changes as the night goes on, of course. Then there are great musicians playing to great crowds. I love that the pub owners don't wait for the crowd to start getting the entertainment going. Many styles of music to choose from, but the Irish and Scottish roots of this island take the lead, as they should.

Visited May 2013
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St. John's, Canada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“George Street - By Day & By Night!”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

George Street is a short street with bars on both sides right the way down the street. For lunch, I'd recommend the excellent fish and chips at Kelly's Pub (they also do very inexpensive but very good steak! and a variety of other pub food). Greensleeves is another spot you could try for lunch. For a more varied menu, try Bridie Molloy's, where you'll find local and Irish themed dishes. (Their "sister" restaurant, The Celitc Hearth - part of the same building but accessed via Water Street which runs parallel to George Street - is 24 hours). At night, George Street is busy and loud, especially at the weekend! It is a great spot to hear some excellent local music. If Jazz or Blues is your thing, head to the Fat Cat, where some of the best blues musicians in town hang out. If you are more into traditional Newfoundland music, or Irish music, there is a lot of choice. O'Reilly's has been a fixture on George Street for years and some of the bands that play there include The Irish Descendants and The Masterless Men. It gets busy and sometimes has line-ups depending upon who is playing that night and how many conventions are in town! Bridie Molloy's has bands like Hagdown and The Pints! and is a great place to meet friends; with a large dining area at the back and a bar at the front, you can listen to the music while you eat, drink, or dance. The Rob Roy is a place where a lot of students and young people hang, with drink specials and some great music. A more recent spot, The Brimstone, is building a reputation for great live music and some recent bands have included The Punters, and the Chris Ryan band - great musicians and good fun with the crowd. I'd recommend taking a wander up and down the Street before you decide where to go - the music begins early and goes until around 2:30 a.m. so it's a marathon, not a sprint - and check out two or three places to get the best experience.

Visited May 2013
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Merrickville, Canada
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127 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Empty by day and overflowing by night”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

What's there to say? If you like loud loud and louder then this is for you. A short street for pedestrians alone to stumble upon at will, without a care in their alcohol-soaked world.
Something to experience for a night, no more.
Always a good place if you are into people watching - studies in psychology abound here.

Visited May 2013
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