When I was in high school I was unlucky enough to be on the cusp of coolness. My one friend in the popular clique was my ticket into their world. At first I'd play that card quite regularly, attending parties and sitting with them at lunch until one day I realised that this group of people were just like a better dressed, more attractive version of the guys from It's Always Sunny and were not good people at all. So I stopped trying to be like them.
Years later I ran into that friend who had allowed me visiting rights to the cool group and holy mackerel was she different; kind, funny, smart, wearing a flanny... basically she'd become someone I wasn't afraid of and could actually have a conversation with. This, in a nutshell, is how I feel about the Goody Hotel.
Back in the day it was my regular and though there were one or two bartenders who didn't seem to possess an irrational loathing for every person who entered their premises, on the whole the service was like undercooked two minute noodles; abrasive and difficult to swallow.
[ADVERT]These days, that all seems like a crazy nightmare brought on by too many episodes of SVU right before bed. The service at the Goody pub is amazing. The bartenders are smiley and attentive and, to their testament, they're not just nicer but a lot more resilient. I happened to visit the Goody on a night when there was a buck's party, a bunch of rowdy cricket fans, and a very merry group of stall holders from across the road. It was a massive bunch of enthusiastic drinkers but did this faze the good people at the goody? No sir! They just smiled knowingly and went about their business.
The food has always been amazing at the Goody so that hasn't changed. The happy hour drink specials are more than reasonable and on Fridays they have live music. The beer garden looks great (although a little generic) since they renovated and the culture there seems to have altered dramatically.
So if you're looking for a fun and easy-going atmosphere for your next TGIF drinks, I'd definitely suggest the Goody. And while you're at it, maybe give that bully from high school a hit up on Facebook... they just might have transformed into a semi-decent human being. Or they might be completely down on their luck and a total loser. Either way you'll feel like a winner.