The Quinte Hotel has been around forever. It's actually called the Sherwood Forest Inn, and has been for many years, but locals still call it The Quinte Hotel, The Quinte, or simplyThe Hotel. It's not just your average small town bar because there's nothing average about it. It can actually be a scary place sometimes, and it's not uncommon for a dust-up to happen every once in a while. It's the kind of place where you have to know when to just shut your mouth and stare straight into your beer without looking sideways, a lesson I've had to learn two or three times over the years.
The great Canadian poet Al Purdy (1918 - 2000)wrote a poem entitled At the Quinte Hotelas a tribute to this mainstay of Trenton Ontario nightlife. Al Purdy was a great friend of the American writer Charles Bukowski, and their works have often been compared. Purdy was awarded the Order of Canada in 1982 for the large volume of work that he churned out during his lifetime (some of it pretty bad).
Here's a short little clip of the poem, starring Gord Downieof the band The Tragically Hip. Of all the establishments in Trenton to be immortalized, I guess the Quinte Hotel is as good a choice as any.Who wants to go for a beer?