Rudy’s Eat and Drink is a Winnipeg staple, and has been for some time. They aim to provide an old school experience and atmosphere. Mission accomplished.
Believe it or not this was my first time at Rudy’s. Most of the people that I tell that to seem offended. “Seriously?” or “Are you kidding?” are the usual responses I received. However now that I have visited I will be saying the same thing to the poor souls that have yet to visit.
Walking into the bar it is like going back in time. The tan coloured leather seating, the old school wooden bar, and the overall beige look of the décor reminds of a bar you would see on Mad Men. Of course they have added some modern day musts, like flat screens and a projector, but at the same time remained loyal to their old fashioned vibe.
I went to Rudy’s during a Jets game and it was basically empty. I asked the server why it was so dead and she said, “You should have come before the game!” Located right behind the MTS Centre, Rudy’s gets a huge pre, and post, game rush.
She also told me that the best time to visit Rudy’s is during the summer. Rudy’s patio parties are legendary according to my many sources (friends who like to drink). They often have DJs take over the patio and we all know what happened next.
When it comes to beer Rudy’s is nothing special. They have the usual mix of local and domestic beer with some imports mixed in. Instead of ordering one of those I tried Rudy’s Blonde, which is of course a beer you can only get at Rudy’s. It was incredibly smooth with barely any carbonation to it. I pictured myself on a hot Winnipeg day sitting on the patio and slamming back a few of these bad boys. It was a wonderful vision. Check out their website for a full beer listing.
Overall Rudy’s Eat and Drink more than met the expectations I had. Good service (granted there was only my group and one other), Great food (I had a Rudy Burger and it changed my life), and good décor. The one thing that it lacked was affordability. I don’t think there target audience is broke students, but if it is they need to cut some of their prices in half. 4 out of 5 is a fair grade for this iconic bar, and I look forward to sucking back some brew-pies at one of their patio parties this summer.