The Westwood Pub
By Norm Coyne On February 16 2015
The Westwood is everyone’s
neighbourhood pub, no matter where in
the city you live.
As the city has grown and society’s personality has changed, the Westwood has moved along with the times, doing a major renovation and reboot five years ago that is still popping with new energy. They are a downtown social hotspot that’s not even downtown - they make the rest of the city feel cool too, at their corner on Westwood & Cherry in between Pine Centre Mall and Superstore. The Westwood is the home of the modern Canadian. There is a lot of hockey feel in the room, with chilled glasses in the cooler, the coldest beer in town, and that beer has all the flavours of today’s appreciative brew culture. You can get the tried and true brands as well, but the taps and bottles are stacked in craft varieties we now demand at the end of our hard workday. Hometown favourites from Pacific Western Brewery and our neighbours at Barkerville Brewing Company are at the top of the list, with good friends from other beer boutiques like Phillips, Driftwood, Okanagan Spring, Steamwhistle, and many more
Owner-operator Nate Coole said the attention people now pay to beer also applies to the way people enjoy food.
“We source our ingredients as close to Prince George as we can, fresh, and we make sure our chicken is grain-fed, our beef is steroid-free, all our soups are made daily in our own kitchen, our sauces are made in-house. Food has become an important part of everyday life for people, and it is has become a big part of our Westwood identity.” Coole is a third-generation nightspot businessman in Prince George. He grew up in the local hospitality and entertainment scene and he loves living in the northern capital as it bursts into the new century.
“This is a great city full of great people. I like the people who come to the Westwood, we want to provide an atmosphere here where everyone feels like they’re in a big livingroom at home. We have relationships with the customers who come here to enjoy themselves. The front-of-house staff, the kitchen staff, the deejays, everyone on the team is on the same page about that. We want to see that smile on your face when you come in the door.”
The Westwood is not just a spot on the city’s map, it’s a local company with Prince George people working in every corner of the operation. That’s why they sponsor youth sports, invest in hospital equipment, contribute to UNBC athletics, give performance opportunities for local musicians, and slapped their name on the Westwood Pub PG Rec Hockey League. “We are all big fans of PG, and we love to meet people,” said Coole. “If you want a good time, hear great music, enjoy safe and positive surroundings, eat great food, and just hang out with us - the staff loves to be here too - then come down to the Westwood.”