"On your travels around town can you check if
there is still a pub on west side of Clerk Street, about 80 yards south
of the former New Victoria cinema called 'The Grapes'?
It was the haunt of my grandfather and his
cronies and I think my grandmother went there occasionally. My childhood
recollection of it in the late 30's.
"I only glanced inside the open door of "The
Joog". I recall a small dingy place ( but did it have a stained
glass window, with grapes in the design?).
There were two doors; one led into the "Jug
bar" (called the joog) which had seating accommodation for four women.
It acted as both ladies' bar and off-licence.
I understood that beer on draught could be
bought as a 'cairry oot' if you brought your own jug. I have no idea if
women were barred from the public bar but it is a reflection on how
attitudes to drinking have changed since then.
George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island,
British Columbia, Canada: February 13, 2007