It is still the most fun method for us “from-aways” to become honorary Newfoundlanders. Whether you’re in the pubs on George Street or on a boat in Iceberg Alley, visitors can back a shot of “screech” – strong local rum – and kiss the cod emblem of the island’s historic fishing industry. Only the brave, or silly, pucker up to real fish.
Length of Trip: Half hour, although how much time you choose to spend at the bars on George Street is up to you
Cost: $12 with a keepsake shot glass souvenir
Best time to go: Year-round. Trapper John’s will do a ceremony any hour the bar is in operation. Christian’s ceremony runs Wed – Sun at 11:15pm
Wheelchair friendly: Yes
Family friendly: Providing your family is old enough to drink.
Where to eat: St John’s boasts some great restaurants Aqua Kitchen & Bar on Water St Basho Restaurant & Lounge on Duckworth St Fine dining at Raymond’s on Water St For late night, post-screech feed, try the Celtic Hearth downstairs from Bridie Molleys pub.
Official Site: Trapper John’s Website Christian’s Bar doesn’t have a website, but can be found at 23 George St
Where to Stay: We had a great stay at the Murray Premises Hotel in St John’s
Getting There: George St is the main bar street in St John’s. Anyone will be able to point you in the right direction.
Note from Robin: You don’t have to be screeched-in on George St in St John’s. Newfoundlanders will gladly give their own take on the ceremony in bars (and on boats) across the province. If you think this is unusual, head over to the Yukon to try the Sour Toe Cocktail