The Spoke wheels out cheaper beer
By Laura Katsirdakis
THAT SUGAR ON ME. Fifth-year education student Mike Reaume
serves the beautiful ol’ liquid courage
at The Spoke.
So you are in dire financial straits, as many post-secondary
students are. While contemplating your budget maneuvering,
do you ever lament a recent night of beer-soaked debauchery?
Or, more likely, do you lament the fact you spent what little
money you have on beer rather than groceries?
Starting immediately, a pint of beer at The Spoke will cost
only $2.50, said Dan Smith, manager of The Spoke and The Wave.
The prices used on Monday will now be extended to every day,
Smith explained, noting there is no one “drinking day” of
“The reality is that the bar business in the city has gotten
pretty competitive,” Smith explained when asked what motivated
the price drop. “We want to recreate The Spoke as a student
hangout — [it’s just like] Western’s living
room,” he said.
“Pricing is certainly something that students are responsive
to,” Smith noted, adding the price break will make The
Spoke a bit more accessible to all students.
“This is not meant to be cheap booze, it is meant to be
an affordable option,” Smith said. He explained the price
drop was also intended to encourage students to frequent the
campus bar and enhance the community feeling surrounding it.
“There has been a lot of talk about the underagers — the
majority of people on campus are of age and we want to be responsive
to them too,” Smith explained.
“The beer pricing fits in overall with the quality programming
at The Spoke,” said Paul Yeoman, president of the University
Students’ Council, noting weekly events like Rick McGhee
on Wednesday, live bands on Thursdays and karaoke on Tuesdays.
“The Spoke is a great place to hang out,” Yeoman
said, adding the price drop will be appreciated since “we
know everyone’s strapped for cash.”
“Cheaper beer? Sounds good — maybe I’ll go
more often,” said Martin McKendry, a second-year English
and philosophy student.
“Frankly, probably not,” said Jeff Szeto, a second-year
masters business administration student, when asked if the price
drop would entice him to go The Spoke. “I think The Spoke
is a dive; cheap drinks do not matter.”
“Cheap beer is the best beer,” said Cam Treacy, a
third-year geology student.
“That’s exciting — every day of the week you
can go out drinking. Now I can get drunk here every day,” said
third-year biology student Kelly Sandha.