Home of the legendary Pit Night on Wednesdays, The Pit continues to be the number one bar on campus and features student-friendly pricing.
In 1968, UBC’s Associate Professor of Zoology David Suzuki declared “What this campus needs is a pub!” He received full support from the AMS President (former Minister of Forests) David Zirnhelt, and between the two of them, the Pit Pub was born….well, sort of. For five years it continued to be operated out of the SUB ballroom on the second floor, much like a beer garden.
In January of 1969, the Ubyssey described the Pit as “a place to relax, eat a sandwich, and talk about the revolution…”.
In the fall of 1971 the most popular beers were Old Style, Uncle Ben’s, Labatt Blue, and Heidelberg. There were complaints about the the price of beer being increased from 35 cents to 40 cents, and talk of adding a jukebox and a colour TV. Everybody wanted hot food and was hoping the Pit could start to provide burgers and fries.
In January of 1973, the Ubyssey reported on plans for building the new Pit Pub in the SUB basement and by April of that year, construction began, with hopes to be in their new home by September of 1973. Unfortunately, there were delays and the new Pit didn’t open officially until November 19, 1973.
The Pit continues to be the number one bar on campus and continues to feature student friendly pricing. You can contact the Pit at 604.822.6511 or for programming and event information, call 604.822.5336.