The Social Benefits of Social Distancing

 The 97 Street Pub has reopened and you know what that means?

You can get food like this:

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Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

And this:

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Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

And you know what else? You can enjoy it here:

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Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

And here:

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Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

When you return to 97 Street Pub, you can soak up the sun from the patio or go indoors to relax in the spacious indoor courtyard. From there, the BBQ chef is grilling up some handhelds, fan favourites and vegan fare — you’ll love being back in the pub.

And the team at the locally-owned, 97 Street Pub, will love to have you back too.

They’re excited to reopen under their new COVID-19 compliant guidelines and they want you to know that you can enjoy a socially-distanced dining experience — which got us thinking… in light of this good news, we wanted to present a new perspective on socializing and highlight some of the social benefits of social distancing.

With these new spacing arrangements, you have to keep your party to six. So when you send out your invite, choose your five wisely and if someone misses the cut, you can use social distancing as your excuse. They’ll understand. Invite them next time. But be warned, if they see you posting patio pics on your Instagram Stories, that may cause conflict.

<who>Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub</who>

Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

Speaking of conflict, sharing appetizers can be an enjoyable and intimate experience, but it can also cause tension when an agreement on what to share cannot be had.

For example, let’s say that you and your partner want to split an appies. Pre-social distancing, you’d likely have to order something you both can agree on. But in this post-pandemic era of social distancing, you don’t have to share — even if it is your partner. Use social distancing to claim your plate as your own. Go ahead and get the hot wings, eat all the pickle fries and hoard the bruschetta because you have a perfectly legitimate excuse to ‘Treat Yo Self.’

Now that we’ve discussed appies, let’s chat about drinks.

Typically, when you come in a group, you naturally come to an agreement on which beer to get in a pitcher. Usually, this results in a cool, crisp lager that everyone can enjoy. But let’s say that you wanted an IPA to pair with your burger… well, my friend, this is your lucky dining day! You can use social distancing to excuse yourself from pitching in on the pitcher.

Let’s look at the silver lining in between your silver utensils: your plate is yours to enjoy.

No more social courtesy of agreeing to give away your food.

Let’s say you’ve ordered some of the 97 Street Pub’s famous parmesan fries to go with your main. Typically, you’d have someone at your table digging into your stash. But now, social distancing means hands off the parm fries. What’s on your plate is yours.

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Photo Credit: 97 Street Pub

When you’re done enjoying your meal, you can play a game of pool.

The 97 Street Pub pool tables are open, safe and sanitary. Just remember to remain socially distant and respect others’ space… stay about a pool-cue distance away from others.

From appies, mains to post-meal entertainment, there are many social benefits in social distancing. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments on Facebook.

As this article is only meant to be a fun new way to think about social distancing, please enjoy yourself.

Come dine and relax at the 97 Street Pub. It’s a great place to socialize and their team has done everything they can to protect you.

Lastly, when it comes to sharing the bill? Well, that’s up to you.

They’re seating you spaciously at the reopened 97 Street Pub, connected to the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel and Suites, so head over for some great food, great service and great fun.


97 Street Pub offers daily food and drink specials, featuring a wide variety of local Okanagan beer, coolers, wine and premium liquors. The pub features 16 TVs including big screens and plasmas, ongoing special events, including events with LIVE music, and ongoing special sporting events.

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