Thursday evenings in Kingston, Ontario are where it is at. I love my hometown a bit obsessively, but walking around on a summer night on a Thursday evening makes it easy to see why. There are numerous patios, restaurants and pubs concentrated in our historic downtown core, many of which are award winning and widely revered, that are bustling and wafting out smells of their delicious fare. During the summer time behind Kingston’s city hall at dusk they feature Movies in the Square where anyone can bring their own lawn chair or blanket and snacks and cozy up for a free flick under the stars. But my all time personal favourite thing to do in Kingston on a Thursday night throughout the summer is head down to the Pan Chancho Backyard BBQ and Band Series. During the summer months Pan Chancho features local musicians every Thursday night and a gourmet BBQ on their back patio. This has become a go to date night for my partner and I, but is also great for groups of friends and family members. Here’s how it works:
- You check out the show listings at the link above.
- Doors open at 6:30pm, so show up early if you want a good seat.
- Order a drink and wait for your cue to join the line for the BBQ fare.
- Pick your burger (from two meat options and one vegetarian) and two sides.
- Head back to your seat and enjoy your food and drinks while the sun sets and you take in the musical stylings of the band or artist you have decided to check out.
It is that easy. Your admission includes your BBQ fare and is $25, but for the quality of the food and the wonderful evening of entertainment ahead is while worth the price. The event is sponsored by Steam Whistle and you can get tall cans for a reduced price. On draft Pan Chancho features Mill Street Organic Light Lager, Beau’s Lug Tread Lagered Ale, Sleeman’s Original Draft and Barley Day’s Wind and Sail Dark Ale, which are all perfect for summer sipping, burgers and dining al fresco.
This summer we have made it out to see The Lady Racers and a double act with Chris Koster and Emily Fennell, which were both amazing shows and sounded amazing in the back alley patio. I have enjoyed the pork burger (featured above, which was to die for!) and the Mo’ Meaty beef burger.
There is always a great turn out at the Backyard BBQ and it is a lovely way to spend a chill Thursday night out in downtown Kingston. There are still four more shows for the summer so try to get out and see one of these great local artists if you can: