On the north side of the hotel is the legendary Buck & Ear. After the fire of 1918 the establishment’s saloon was the only one left in town. In later years the tavern transformed to become the Buccaneer Room with a large pirate prominently displayed on the building. The name evolved to become the Buck & Ear in 2000, however many locals fondly refer to it as the Buc.
The pub’s current location appears to have been added to the building in the 1940s although it is easy to imagine stepping back into the late 19th century with its dark wood panelling, long bar, hammered tin ceiling, and hard wood flooring. Pool tables and fireplaces add to the ambience. The large pub seats 200 with additional seating on the two patios.
JRG is known for putting customer service, craft beers and popular pub food in the spotlight.
The menu features classic pub fare. A sampling of the appies includes nachos, poutine, chicken wings, deep fried pickles and stuffed Yorkies (house-made mini Yorkshire puddings stuffed with shaved prime rib and topped with horseradish cream).
Main dishes include fish tacos, fish and chips (it is Steveston after all!), cottage pie and Cajun chicken linguine. Burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and plant- based choices round out the menu.
Every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) customers look forward to the prime rib special, which Karina says is always popular. A secret you may not know, the Buck & Ear serves breakfast on Saturdays starting at noon and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. You will find bacon and eggs, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, and Cafe Waffle.
The Buck & Ear attracts a diverse crowd with special events catering to different age groups.
Every Wednesday themed Trivia Nights are held (such as Disney and 90s music) where winners receive gift cards and other prizes. Friday night customers enjoy live music. The first Saturday of the month is Club Buck which attracts
a younger demographic. The second Saturday is Rock and Roll All Night and the third Saturday features live music. The final Saturday is 80s music with a DJ, dancing and drink specials. The staff dresses up for the occasion.
Karina mentions, “In addition to the extensive beer and wine menu with 17 beers on tap, JRG also has its own beer and wine labels.”
This pub is rooted in the community; it is a hub for watching televised sports, shooting a game of pool, and hosting parties and fundraising events. Children are welcome until 8:00 p.m.
Buck & Ear Bar and Grill
12111 Third Ave, Richmond BC V7E 3K1