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Posted July 7th, 2010 - 7:23 pm by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
should we host a meet-up for the Vancouver CS community somewhere in our part of the city? We'd probably have to keep it somewhere near Skytrain to get those in the isolated world of downtown to come out this way. To me, that means that the furthest we could get them would be near Lougheed Mall (although the French Quarter Pub or Woody's are only a few blocks walk from the Braid Station).

I know there are a couple pubs near the Lougheed station besides the Foggy Dew. Anyone know what they are? Anyone have suggestions on places or good or bad dates to host? I had four surfers here this week, three last week and one the week before but have none scheduled to be here on a Tuesday until in August.

There is also the option of a planned outing... say hiking at Buntzen and Sasamat with a BBQ at the beach (there is bus service right to the lake all summer long), or an afternoon and evening BBQ at Rocky Point or Barnet Marine Park (on transit lines). How about a suburb pub crawl having drinks at pubs on the water in New West, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody and on hilltops in Coquitlam and Burnaby or something (worked out by transit schedule and done with a day pass).

And although we are a small group, would anyone here like to meet up on our own somewhere in this area? Let's think about it and work on a plan.

cheers!

I also often have people by my place and you are all welcome.

Clayton 604 250 1335

Posted July 8th, 2010 - 8:20 pm by from Port Moody, Canada (Permalink)
I am free, 100%, with the exception of...Saturday mornings. Aside from that, start an event! I will be there!

Posted July 9th, 2010 - 1:57 am from Burnaby, Canada
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Posted July 9th, 2010 - 6:14 am by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
okay... now to find a good night. Do we take one of the Tuesday's? Any day that is particularly good for you? And Dove, I assume you'd be the "hosting surfer"? You seem to be very popular in this group and I only had 13 people show up at the downtown Tuesday meet-up I arranged! I've been to three others that had 45 - 65 people.

I don't think I have a contact at the Dew anymore, do you? Or do we just contact them for a reservation like anyone else would?

Car-pooling is always a great idea (except for the drinking and driving part). I'll ask around and we'd make that suggestion in any invitation. The Dew is a pretty easy transit ride and short walk.

And the pub crawl will take some arranging. I'll look into it as I get some time and we'll do it later in the summer.

FYI
I have a bunch of people coming by my place Saturday late evening until mid-morning. You are welcome to join in.


Posted July 10th, 2010 - 4:15 am from Burnaby, Canada
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Posted August 17th, 2010 - 8:54 pm by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
shall we pick a date for a Burnaby meet-up at the Foggy Dew? It doesn't have to be a Tuesday but could be. For the Tuesday meet-ups I think there are ideas floating around but not many dates locked down yet. I will be busy with work and entertaining visitors the 12th to 17th and out of the country the 20th to 26th of September.

Posted August 17th, 2010 - 10:44 pm by from Port Moody, Canada (Permalink)
How about the 24th of August at the Foggy Dew, six-thirty?

Posted August 20th, 2010 - 9:42 pm by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
the 24th is taken by a pub on south Granville. People will probably want one closer to downtown / Commercial drive the following week so I'd say the week after is the soonest we should try for (and that is the day after the long weekend so probably a poor turnout week). I will check in with the Dew and see if there is a problem with August 31st or any of the first three Tuesdays in September.

Posted August 24th, 2010 - 11:32 pm by from Port Moody, Canada (Permalink)
I'd be up for August 31st.

Posted August 25th, 2010 - 5:39 am by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
31st is good ~ C

Posted August 25th, 2010 - 6:06 am by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
on the 31st there is a CS meet-up in North Vancouver. The following week is the day after the long weekend. Would you still be interested in showing up? either that or we have a small one with local people on the 31st but potentially alienate the others who are already planning the NVan event.

Posted August 25th, 2010 - 11:07 pm by from Port Moody, Canada (Permalink)
The whole reason we made a separate group for the Easterners is so that we could do things locally. North Vancouver is not convenient for someone in the Tri-Cities/Burnaby/Surrey. Let those who are near to North Vancouver have their event, and we can post ours in the main forum as well. People can go to whichever is closer on the 31st! :-P

I'm fine with meeting up for a couple beers on the thirty-first.

Posted August 26th, 2010 - 11:48 pm by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
I've reserved a section at Foggy Dew in Coquitlam near Lougheed Mall for the 7th of September.

I'm posting on the Vancouver Couchsurfing group in a few minutes so please respond there even if you do respond here as we want to show the rest of Vancouver that we have interest in the meetup to help encourage them to come out our way.

invite friends even if they are not couchsurfers, this is a great way to introduce others to the whole concept.

cheers!

Posted August 27th, 2010 - 12:36 am by from Coquitlam, Canada (Permalink)
this is similar to the post o the Vancouver Couchsurfers group. Please respond there even if you also respond here.

A couple of hosts from Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam have decided to have a meetup Tuesday the 7th of September at the Foggy Dew Pub near Lougheed Skytrain station (just a few stops from Commercial).

The Foggy Dew is a great little pub with good food, patio, pool tables and a nice atmosphere. On Tuesday it will almost be entirely our own as that is the slowest day of the week there (it is busy Monday and Wednesday and has line-ups on Thursday, Friday and Saturday). At the very least we will have one side of the place to mingle in (it is split in half by the large central bar station).

Easy to get to, it is just across North Road from the Lougheed Mall Skytrain Station, just three blocks to walk including walking across the parking lot to the door, in the Executive Plaza Hotel at 405 North road in Coquitlam.

The Foggy Dew Irish Pub, Coquitlam (it's across the street from Burnaby) opened in the Tri Cities Area in 1999. The menu includes traditional Irish cuisine and 20 ounce pints from our True Irish Taps. It is a busy and desirable place to work so staff from venues all over the nearby area want to work there enabling the place to hire and keep a very good group of people and maintain very high levels of service and a very neat and polished place. (Okay, for those of you that only know this place on a drunken, crazy Friday or Saturday night when it is similar to the worst of the Granville strip with the rude door staff dealing with drunk and obnoxious white "gangsters" and bleached blondes in fake christian audigier and juicy gear outside and the more than obvious favoritism of the managers, doormen and even servers and bar staff towards thier friends - even to a point of bumping or modifying a reservation to benefit people they know - during the days and the rest of the week the place is not like that at all).


here is a good online review from the Georgia Straight that I think is a bit complimentary regarding the weekend crowd but a good description otherwise. There will be no live music on Tuesday unless I arrange something... and I'm trying to do that.

Like its counterpart in Richmond, Coquitlam's version of the Dew serves a low-key drinking crowd on the weekdays and boisterous kids on the weekends. If you crossed the Roxy with the Morrissey and plopped it into the suburbs, you'd have the Foggy Dew.

Despite the fact that it overlooks a parking lot, the bar's large patio is a sure-fire summertime winner, but when the autumn rains hit, patrons gather inside to watch one of the many television sets, shoot pool in the back room, or order from the pub's impressively extensive menu.

As with most "Irish" pubs in the Lower Mainland, the Dew is handsomely appointed--too handsomely, in fact, to produce an authentic Old World experience. But by the time the weekend rolls around, such aesthetic concerns matter little to the thirsty army that lines up to get inside. The cover's free, but drink prices match downtown standards, surely a rude awakening for urbanites trekking eastward in search of a cheap drunk. Musically, the weekends are split between live cover bands and a DJ spinning only the glossiest hip-hop and R&B. That combination makes for some weird transitions, but watching bands with names like Pop Junkies and Dance Mob segue into the latest Lil Jon production is an amusing spectator sport in its own right.