Always a popular pre- and post-movie spot with cinephiles, the Barley Mill is situated in a warm and welcoming converted house on the west side of Eau Claire Market, which is home to Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, one of two main CIFF venues. With its generous selection of on-tap ales, the restaurant serves pub-inspired dishes from classics such as fish and chips and shepherd’s pie to updates such as its coffee-braised short ribs and Guinness, crab and asparagus soup.
On the west side of Eau Claire Market, this cozy converted house holds a surprising number of patrons. Plenty of foot traffic between downtown and Prince’s Island makes for especially good people watching until sunset. In summer, this cheery pub features multiple patios both at sidewalk level and upstairs.