The Bar on Locke is a great neighbourhood restaurant and bar. It's very cozy and on the nice warm days the owner opens the garage style door at the front so you feel like you are on a patio, it's a great place to people watch from. There are alots lots of great shops in the area, especiallly antiques. We really like the relaxed atmosphere and the server Annie is very freindly. You must try their crab cakes and the hamburgers are amazing. Each time we have a girls night out everyone votes for the Bar on Locke! We all order a martini to start. Can't wait to return.
We have been going to Bar on Locke for several years now and are finally getting around to writing a review.
Simply put, it's small, friendly and has fantastic food. We've had pretty much everything on the menu and every type of wine available and beer on tap. Every experience we've had has been uniquely memorable. Having been so frequently, we get to know some of the locals and that is the true strength behind the character of the restaurant. Locals make the colour of the place, as do the staff.
If you get to know Annie the waitress, she has a dry sense of humour that most people get, but don't let that fool you. She is quick, courteous and it is always a pleasant time to spend with her chatting when there's a quiet moment.
Should you find yourself looking for something a bit out of the ordinary, try this place and I think you will find yourself pleasantly surprised.
Bar on Locke is my neighbourhood place to go. I really like the laid-back feeling of this place. The service staff always makes you feel like they've known you for a long time even if it's your fist visit. I love their crab cakes and their hamburgers are a work-out just to eat. Everytime I have family visiting from Montreal they ask to go to the Bar on Locke! We usually walk over because their make great martinis too- so no drinking a driving...just a zig-zag home. :-)
A recent visit to Hamilton prompted my Mom and her hubby to want to take me out for dinner. This being their favourite place, I had no qualms and accepted the invitation.
When we arrived the place only had a couple taken, and within 20-30 minutes, it was full and people could not get a table. My advice is to arrive early to avoid not getting a seat.
It is a very small and quaint place. Low lit atmosphere is provided by caldlelit tables and dark walls and seats. The bar has some lighting too which helps shed light on the place.
We were served forthwith, by some very friendly young ladies. Our drinks arrived immediately. We chatted and took a while before ordering food.
My Mom ordered Rum Chicken, I the Burger and Fries, Greg the wings.
Everything arrived promptly, given how busy the place was.
The burger was good. A freshly made patty that is a good portion and seasoned well is what always impresses me the most, and this is what I got. It came with standard condiments, but that is all I was looking for. The fries were home made style and perfectly crispy. Portions were good.
Everyone else was happy with their meals and my Mom ordered the pecan pie, which was also delicious. Service remained prompt and attentive throughout.
Overall, I'd go back.it is not a place to go for a quiet drink, but they do not purport that either. The menu does seem to be suffering from an identity crisis what with the casual/almost fine dining options, but then also having standard pub grub. Something for everyone I guess.
5 of us stopped for dinner at the Bar on Locke St. It was a very busy night, but they found a bar table available and seated us right away. Unfortunately, they would not let us eat at the table that we were seated at. It would have been quite comical if we hadn't been so hungry. Originally we all wanted to order entrees but the waitress said we couldn't as the food wouldn't fit on our table. We changed the order to appetizers thinking this would work and that they could serve them a couple at a time. The waitress refused to let us even eat snacks at our table and insisted on serving us at a booth, which of couse, we had to wait for. She did however give the order to the kitchen so we couldn't cancel and leave. By the time we got to eat, the food had been sitting under the warmer for quite some time.
Nobody in our party was impressed by the service or the food and I won't go back to a place where the service was so ridiculous.
Bar on Locke is going downhill in a hurry! Funny, but we used to really enjoy eating here a few years ago. Last week we found the Spinach salad had eggs that were just like rubber and brown lettuce to compliment them. Then we paid extra because we just had tap water to drink. We would have been better of with any other restaurant on Locke St.
We love this place! Great food, always consistent and you can never go wrong with their pasta of the day - always delicious. This is a great neighborhood restaurant for a group of friends or a nice dinner out with your partner.
Well, I've read the other reviews and wish I could add my two cents but my wife and I were denied entry. Apparently because we had our 3 month old baby sleeping in her car seat, we aren't allowed in. Something to do with liquor license? How a 3 month old would risk a liquor license at noon on a Friday is beyond me. They seem a little pretentious there. Need to remember they are in Hamilton, not Buckingham Palace. Charging for tap water? The only time Ive put up with that was in Paris, France.
This was the worst restaurant visit I have ever had. The server was nice enough at the beginning but when three out of five in our party ordred alcololic beverages and the two others did not order anything our server turned snarky and quite rude. We recieved our meals and she didn't once come to check if our food was alright AND we had to wait at least ten minutes after we had finished everything to finally get her attention so that we could pay. On top of that the $2 charge for tap water is outrageous. I would never recommend this restaurant.
We just visited Bar on Locke for a birthday dinner or a friend and was having a fairly pleasant time as normal (been there about 4 time? food has never blown me away) until one friend who did not order a drink wanted to take a sip of another friends water (2 dollar charge for tap water) to wash down some medication and was immediatly stopped by our server and was threatened with a 2 dollar charge if he took a sip!
We all let it slide as we were about to leave and it wasn't a very big deal until we asked the server to split our bills and she said VERY snarkily "you want FIVE separate bills??".
She told us to all come up and tell her what we each wanted to pay for and at that point we were all so dissatisfied with the service there was not going to be very much tip (but I at least was still going to leave one). Then our first friend didn't leave much tip and the server THREW it at our friend as she was leaving.
It goes without saying non of us left any tip after that...
All in all, some of the absolute worst service I have ever experienced.
I'm not sure why Restaurantica's star rating system goes from "adequate" to "great overall". I can't give this place four stars for service because the owner has a "soup Nazi" attitude towards running his establishment (he charges $2 for tap water). Having said that, the service is attentive and friendly.
Bar on Locke has a wooden floor, booths along the sides and a cool old wooden refrigerator in the corner. There's nary a television to be seen and music emits from classic speakers. This place has personality.
The food is good too. Much of the menu is bar food with a twist, but there are surprises on the menu and on the daily special board. There's always a veggie special of the day for those so inclined.
One thing though, don't order the coffee here. I guess with all the coffee places on Locke St they figure it's not worth the effort to offer decent stuff.