August 18, 2014
Browse or download the PDF of our latest issue.

Get weekly news in your inbox!

Between the Buns: Pub 1905 defies initial expectations

Mar 12, 2014

Between the Buns is a spring 2014 feature following the escapades of three, and sometimes four, burger lovers as they seek out the best in town.

Andrew Jeffrey

After the initial disappointment of the first downtown trip the Between the Buns reviewers took — due to the overpriced and overhyped offerings at The Burg — our intrepid team bravely took another jaunt down Jasper Ave. to taste another selection. Encountering a burger menu that was varied, but maybe not varied enough, and a typical bar aesthetic that was familiar, but maybe not entirely pleasing to all, this week’s Between the Buns review took our writers to Pub 1905 to see how the patties at this little bar stack up against those in the rest of the city.

I’ll admit that my expectations of pub food are usually incredibly low. When I think of the typical pub, or at least the kinds that I usually end up drinking at, they’re dingy, dark and damp enough to make me worry what condition the food will be in when I order it.

While we were told that Pub 1905 would be different, I naturally had some doubt. After all, the atmosphere of the bar is exactly the same as just about any other bar you’d have a beer and watch the Oilers game at.

And yet, the food is something else. I ordered the Bacon Mushroom Swiss Burger, which consists of all the toppings you’d naturally expect from the name. This menu option did in fact exceed my admittedly low expectations. It’s a well-made burger, having just enough of each topping and condiment firmly compacted together without spilling over into your hand. The patty itself, while a little dry, is a delicious sirloin burger ground in-house. Even the fries were perfectly salted and served in a more than sizeable portion.

It’s easy to underestimate Pub 1905 when you walk in; I know I did. And I wouldn’t necessarily choose it as a cool place to hang out on the weekend or watch a hockey game,  but if you’re looking for a good burger downtown, Pub 1905 will be one of your best bets on Jasper Ave.

Brad Kennedy
Arts & Culture Editor

There are no vegetarian burger options at Pub 1905, just as there are no words for the bitter pain of betrayal this discovery inflicted upon my spirit. The fact that such a beautifully designed and balanced burger menu — a menu that lists not only one, but two alternative meat substitutions for the choice of patty, between chicken or italian sausage — could so egregiously ignore this niche of burger cuisine that I exist solely to experience left me feeling devastated, mortified, and numerous other synonyms for “hurt.”

At first, I thought I’d made a mistake: I must have misread the menu. Surely, there was a meatless option to be found somewhere on here. Alas, when word finally came back from the kitchen, I took what small satisfaction I could find in learning that this was no mistake of mine. Nay, the fault of this tragic oversight lay squarely at the feet of Pub 1905. I was left with the option of either ordering the sole meatless sandwich they could offer me, a simple Veggie Panini, or storming out angrily into the street. But we had walked six blocks to get there, and I was in no mood to walk any further.

The panini was excellent. Beyond that, I can endorse this particular establishment no further.

Darcy Ropchan
Opinion Editor

With hearty helpings of onions, banana peppers and chipotle mayo, Frank’s Burger may not be the best thing for your breath, but it’s certain to satisfy any lover of spicy food.

The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up this burger is the overflowing amounts of melted cheddar and mozzarella cheese, which serves as the glue that binds the rest of the delicious ingredients together. Under the melted mountain of cheese, you’ll find sautéed onions, Frank’s Red Hot sauce, spicy banana peppers, jalapenos and chipotle mayo all topped off with a giant leaf of lettuce. As always, I take my burger with a side of fries. Although they were adequate, Pub 1905’s fries seem to be the standard restaurant fare and aren’t worth going out of your way for.

If you love spicy food, or if you just like pouring Frank’s Red Hot on everything you eat, Frank’s Burger at Pub 1905 is a must-try for any burger lover.


If you’re not limited to downtown, then try the Burger Joint in the south side!

Posted by W.S. on Mar 14, 2014

So I was stupid enough to take you up on your recommendation. The best way to describe the outcome is “shit fountain.” my belly started gurgling a few minutes after leaving the pub. i ran to the Subway bathroom but it was too late. Diarrhea fucking everyhwere. i was wearing shorts too so it all ran down my legs. everyone at subway got a good look at the rivers of toxic waste running down my legs. I blame The Gateway for this.

Posted by randy g on Mar 16, 2014

Submit a comment

By submitting your comment here, you acknowledge that The Gateway reserves the right to publish your comment both online and in print. The Gateway also reserves the right to edit comments for length and clarity when reprinted in the print edition, and to refuse publication (both online and in print) of any comment it deems racist, sexist, libellous or otherwise hateful in nature.

All comments must be approved by a moderator before they will be visible, and may take up to 48 hours to appear. Comments may be no longer than 5000 characters.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.
Click for details.
daily dose

Faculty of Law proposes tuition increase


Students’ Council — Aug. 19

latest video

Doin’ You: Quick and easy tie dye

The Gateway shows you how to stylishly channel your summer festival attendance into psychedelic print.

latest podcast

Gateway Presents: Moving On

latest blog post

The Vexed Vagina: Transcending tampon territory with the DivaCup


Other than the fact that it hurts and makes me hungry, the biggest thing that bugs me about my period is that it costs a lot of money over time. Not only do I have to endure a week every month of no nice underwear, no sex (but if that’s your thing, all the power to you) and, God forbid, no white pants, I also have to shell out at least $10 every time on bleached cotton. Until a couple months ago.

most popular

#fitspo: How social media shapes fitness culture


The girl in the before and after photo is beautiful — both before and after her drastic 130-pound weight loss.

Faculty of Law proposes tuition increase


Dean of Law Paul Paton has proposed a tuition increase to the Alberta government which, if approved, would be effective starting 2015–16.

Students’ Council — Aug. 19


Paul Paton, recently appointed Dean of Law, presented his proposal for an increased market modifier to be implemented in 2015–16. He also outlined his vision for the faculty and how he plans to increase revenue to achieve that vision.