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Celebrate Robbie Burns Day on the North Shore with a plate of haggis

Local Draft -  Steve Jennings, owner of Two Lions Public House, admires his beer selection while the pub is still under renovation. - Michaela Garstin
Local Draft - Steve Jennings, owner of Two Lions Public House, admires his beer selection while the pub is still under renovation.
— image credit: Michaela Garstin

Haggis anyone?

It’s made of sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs), minced onion, oatmeal, suet and spices all traditionally encased in an animal’s stomach, then simmered for three hours. (Nowadays, many people put the ingredients in a sausage casing rather than an actual stomach.)

For a chance to try haggis, stop by the Two Lions Public House in North Vancouver on Friday, Jan. 25 to celebrate Scotland’s most famous poet, Robbie Burns.

It was Burns who made haggis the national dish of Scotland, thanks to his poem Address to a Haggis, written in 1787.

The Two Lions opened this week in the old location of Mosquito Creek Bar & Grill in Westview, but a lot has changed.

The pub will be serving comfort food — pizza, chili cheese fries, burgers, nachos — along with healthier options like a club house wrap or Kung Pao veggie stirfry, all served in “big portions.”

Seven local beers, such as Russell Blood Alley Bitter and Stanley Park Amber Ale, are part of the 12-beer selection on tap.

“The atmosphere will be different than Mosquito Creek,” explains Steve Jennings, owner of the pub, as he walks through the renovated restaurant. “We’re looking after the crowd that was here before, but we also want to attract the business crowd that used to come here.”

Jennings also owns the Narrows Pub in North Van, the London Pub in Chinatown and is a partner in the Manchester Public Eatery on Broadway. Before setting out on his own, he was director of the Donnelly Group, which owns pubs and nightclubs in Vancouver.

It’s not only the food that’s changed at his latest venture in North Van. The inside of the restaurant was completely torn out, replaced with a more sophisticated pub look.

The bar is now open from all sides, so no more waiting in a long line for a drink. The murals high on the wall are replaced with daily specials, including $14 Bud pitchers and $10 pizzas to share on Tuesdays and Sundays.

“We offer really good comfort food,” says Jennings, taking a break from overseeing construction. “The North Shore used to be so vibrant, but then it leveled off. We need something like this here.”

Live music will include Joe’s Garage, a band that’s played at the Roxy for the last 15 years, SideOne and Phoenix. The popular Thursday karaoke nights are here to stay.

The Two Lions Pub is geared toward the 30- to 45-year-old crowd, but don’t worry, the pool table is staying, along with the addition of darts and pinball.

Wear a kilt to the Two Lions on Jan. 25 for Robbie Burns night to win a prize. For more information, go to or follow them on Twitter @TwoLionsPub.


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