Ladies & Gentlemen, I am proud to announce that I am now a “Newfoundland Screecher”!!!
I am now officially “Screeched In”.
As some of you may heard, there is this tradition called “Screeched In“ for Non-Newfoundlanders (aka tourist) to participate in. It’s a ceremony that you can go to one of many bars who would gladly perform this ritual for you. But I heard from the locals that the Christian’s Bar is the best spot to do it, so that’s where I went to get complete my “Screech” graduation. LOL
The word “Screech” came from the name of the popular Jamaican rum that is imported into Newfoundland. It’s mostly re-packaged as “Screech from Newfoundland“. Anyhow, the rum is about 40% in alcohol.
We went at night to the Christian’s Bar. I was told this ritual can be done at noon, afternoons and evenings, so check out the website to know the best time to get “Screech In” at Christian’s Bar
Christian’s Bar is a small cozy pub with 2 floors. We did the “Screech In” on the second floor. Let me suggest you to order a pint of Iceberg beer made from the local Quidi Vidi Brewery, it’s made with 20,000 years of iceberg water and it’s delicious, smooth and just so good.
OK! Here are the steps to get “Screeched In”:
Step 1) – Eat a piece of Bologna
Step 2) – Kiss the cod fish
Step 3) – Say some traditional magic sentences
Step 4) – Take a shot of Screech (rum)
Step 5) – Take a picture wearing a fish hat + Hold a wooden paddle for a photo opportunity
Step 6) – I am officially graduated as a Honorary Newfoundlander!
I highly recommend it. It’s an optional ceremony and it’s less than $20 CDN to do it (I don’t know the exact price coz I paid $20 CDN for both the Screech ceremony + 1 pint of Iceberg beer). It’s fun and just quite an experience.
Special thanks to my friends & followers who messaged me during this press trip and told me that “I must do it!”. It’s always fun when I interact with you guys and you give me recommendations and while I share my experiences and my journey with you!
Proper Recitation: Based on the Wikipedia, the proper recitation is “Deed I is, me ol’ cock! And long may yer big jib draw!” Translated, it means “Yes I am, my old friend, and may your sails always catch wind.”
Website: Christian’s Bar on Facebook
Address: 23 George St, St. John’s, NL A1C 1J2
Phone: (709) 753-9100
In order for me to explore what St. John’s, Newfoundland has to offer, this press trip from the flights to accommodation were provided by Air Canada. However, my visit to the Christian’s Bar to experience the “Screech In” and the opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.