Entertainment Central, which was first opened in February of this year, includes four different entertainment venues. Wendel Clark’s stylized sports bar and grill, Yuk Yuk’s stand-up comedy, Dueling Pianos music bar, and Berlin nightclub.
Lets begin with Wendel Clark’s.
Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill
Upon entering the EC complex expect to be greeted with some very fancy décor – from sports memorabilia, flat screen televisions, to those nifty couches that really shouldn’t be in a dinning room set.
The entire building is polished, sparkling, and much larger than it might appear at first glance. The main restaurant features endless seating space – and a massive, but visually impressive bar.
Beer selection is limited to the usual culprits: Canadian, Coors, Rickards and all those in between. For those looking for a mixed drink, the menu is loaded with every martini and cocktail imaginable.
As for the staff and service, very pleasant, and all happen to be very good looking.
Must be a coincidence, right?
At times the staff appear confused as to where food is going, and who needs to be served. It took roughly 15 minutes to place an order for food once drinks were ordered. The waitress was assuming more would be joining the party. Don’t worry though, there’s an LCD television at every table in case patrons get bored. Lets give the waitress a break on this one, as it seemed to be an honest mistake.
We started off dinner with the Kalbi Ribs – a Hawaiian take on those little hunks of meat served at Japanese restaurants. Served on a ridiculous glass plate, it was difficult to decide whether to use a fork and knife, or dive right in.
They were delicious, and little on the pricey side – but shared between two people it made sense.
The main course was the certified Angus Rib Eye steak. The steak itself was cooked perfectly, but the mashed potatoes and a side of steamed vegetables were a bit of a let-down. For dinner for two, expect to spend about $80.00, possibly more with drinks.
What is really worth the price of admission is the Yuk Yuks comedy bar. Obviously the show relies on the quality of the list of comics, but just going out to this stand-up comedy event is great fun. Swing by every Friday or Saturday before 9:00 p.m. and watch the comedy unfold. Drinks and food are also available while in the Yuk Yuks venue.
The real draw of the entire EC complex should be Yuk Yuk’s – the best way to find laughter in Oakville. It appeals to a wide range of ages – and anyone who loves to laugh.
Dueling Pianos is exactly what it sounds like. Make requests and have a drink with two very talented pianists who interact and sing to any tune at request. They sing, make the audience laugh, and even swindle customers into getting on stage to accompany them. Between the two of them, they can play just about any song, Blue Rodeo, Elton John, The Eagles – anything at all. Great entertainment, and something fun and new to try out in Oakville.
The final, stop on the entire circuit is Berlin nightclub. It features an in-house DJ, flashing lights, and more good looking staff members. It’s a coincidence, remember?
The nightlife gets going after 11:00 p.m. and features VIP dinner reservations on the upstairs portion of the club.
It is a nightclub with all the standard bells and whistles – alcohol, lots and lots of alcohol. The same drink menu is shared throughout the entire complex, and the same goes for much of the food that is served in Yuk Yuk’s and Wendel Clark’s.
The EC really gives people who live around Trafalgar something to do. Yuk Yuks appeals to the student and adult audiences, while Dueling Pianos might be better for those who specifically enjoy piano bars.
Wendel Clark’s can’t seem to make up it’s mind if it wants to be the best sports bar in town, or if it wants to be a high class dining experience. The food was good, but the price may not be worth it to those who want a “date night”.
As for Berlin, those who enjoy nightclubs know exactly what to expect – a flashy, loud dance party.
There it is, something to do in Oakville, but not without a price tag. Then again nothing in life is free, and Entertainment Central will surely appeal to many.