As I reflect back on some of my favourite moments in 2018, a large quantity of them came from Rendezvous.
As well as being a food judge, I am also a huge metalhead. Rendezvous is like a second home to me. Calvin, Dez and the rest of the staff have always been welcoming and it feels good to be recognized when you walk through the doors of your favourite pub.
The Vous has stepped it up a lot over the past year. I can remember the good old days when there wasn’t a lot of choice for what you were drinking when you sat down to enjoy a live show. Now there are local breweries available on tap. There is a great selection of bottles as well. This beer snob appreciates the chance to enjoy local.
Although the Vous is not renowned for its food, the wings are some of the best that I have been able to find in Edmonton. Thoughtful right down to the finger bowls, which no one else in the city seems to do any longer. Wing night is Wednesday and they are 40 cents per wing with a minimum order of 12. You can’t beat that deal!
There is a menu featuring a selection of your pub favourites. Nothing fancy, just simple, delicious food. If you go for food, be patient. The kitchen is always open, but there isn’t always a cook for the late night hours.
Earlier this year, the City of Edmonton had proposed a plan where the building that houses the Vous was to be demolished and the LRT track was going to be built there. This gave a lot of us in the community a huge panic attack. Calvin and the rest of the crew were not going to stand for it and went directly to City Hall to let them know this was not okay! Thankfully the decision was rescinded. Way to go team Vous!
The Rendezvous is so supportive of the local live music community. It’s not a huge venue, but they bring in some great talent and there is a live band just about every weekend. Calvin is awesome about supporting local charities as well. The Christsmash Eve event complete with Church burning at midnight was awesome for us Christmas orphans. The Edmonton Food Bank was the charity of choice for the night.
I almost forgot about karaoke! I’m too chicken to get up on stage myself, but I know most karaoke places don’t have a lot of metal on the playlist. It’s cool to see your favourite front man from a local band belting out some karaoke tune. Only at the Vous.
And we can’t forget about Calvin… Calvin has been the Manager of Vous for as long as I can remember. He is generally quiet and can appear a bit intimidating, but don’t let that fool you. He works hard for our little community and brings all of his wrestling and Dead Jesus experience to the table. It’s much easier to book shows when you have actually put in the time on the stage. Thank you for all that you do for us Calvin!
I am looking forward to many more Wednesday Wing Nights with my crew in 2019 and can’t wait to see what awaits the Vous for live shows.
Check out the Vous this year where the wings are hot, the beers are cold and the shows are live! Tell them YEGfoodie sent you.