"Kiss a Cod or..." St. John's Local Custom Tip by CircleSky

St. John's Local Customs: 11 reviews and 7 photos

I had heard about the Screeching In ceremony before travelling to Newfoundland. This is where newcomers to the island drink a shot of Screech and then kiss a cod fish in order to become true islanders. (This is, of course, all a big joke to the locals.)

While we were on George Street (the only place to go bar hopping) we came across Trapper John's. According to a local, Trapper John's is the place to go to get screeched in. You pay $5 for your liquor, pucker up and then get an official certificate of your screeched-in status. Apparently they do this every night at 10:00 or so.

We arrived later that night and so never tried this - and I'm grateful now that we didn't. The local said that, at Trapper John's, instead of kissing a cod fish, they make you kiss a puffin's arse! Ak! I think I'd rather kiss the fish, thanks. In any case, it might be a funny show to watch the unsuspecting foreigners get initiated!

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2003
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