Bitter Tasting Room | Vancouver, British Columbia
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Bitter Tasting Room
Exceptional based on 10 ratings
Type: Bar

16 W Hastings St.
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V6B 1G6 [ print map ]
604 558 4658

bittertastingroom.com

Hours: 5pm-Mid; everyday


Mayor: stantheman (12) | Taps: 8 |


Bitter Tasting Room

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Beer Available At Bitter Tasting Room (arranged by most recent)
Fernie First Trax Brown Ale 36, Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA 87, Four Winds IPA 76, Townsite Cardena Belgian Quad , Hacker-Pschorr Dunkle Weisse 88, Driftwood Singularity Russian Imperial Stout 97, Phillips Schottleweizen 59, Fernie Rusty Tractor Weizenbock 55, Alameda Barn Owl Imperial Brown Ale 89, Le Trou du Diable Shawinigan Handshake 96, Driftwood The Heretic 74, Muskoka Winter Beard Double Chocolate Cranberry Stout 95, Russell Rick August Russian Imperial Stout 87, Townsite Tinhat IPA 59, Lighthouse 3 Weeds 74, Worthy Imperial IPA 86, R & B Raven Cream Ale 41, Fuggles & Warlock River City Handsome West Coast Belgian IPA , Westvleteren 12 (XII) 100, Fernie Black Mammoth Winter Ale 69
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10 reviews for Bitter Tasting Room
 Ambiance  76%
 Service  82%
 Selection  63%
 Food  71%
 Value  61%
 Overall  65%
 Rating  71%
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 10/20
brokensail  (868) Orange County, California | September 2, 2014
Stopped in on a Wednesday night. Completely dead. Not in an "oh, thereís not that many people here" sort of way...as in there was literally no one here except for one employee who was sitting at the bar reading a newspaper.

Cool, modern vibe to the place. Very, very dark though. Sort of a small horseshoe shaped bar and a number of tables around the perimeter of the space. Kind of a cool illuminated glass backing to the bar where you can see the bottles and kegs.

Selection is certainly dominated by local beers, but they have a decent enough variety. They also do flights here, but I just opted for the Four Winds IPA (a bit of a mistake in retrospect). They also serve food, but itís more of snack sort of stuff, which wasnít what we wanted.

Iíd like to give this place a higher rating, but the experience was a bit depressing.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 11/20
GothGargoyle  (17) Vancouver, British Columbia | February 19, 2014
Bitter claims to have "scoured the province & the globe for interesting, unique and favourite beers". Despite this claim the beer selection was fairly lacklustre, more along the lines of "the usual fare". The draught beers were served in shaker glasses despite their claim of "proper glassware". The food was alright - typical pub fare, mostly pre-made and assembled to order rather than being cooked on demand. On the positive side, the service was excellent and the staff were pretty knowledgable about their beers. The ambience is decent, with the beers on display in glass fridges behind the bar. Their beer list and menu in the room bore very little resemblance to the one they post online.
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  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g  (651) Boomtown! / Waikato, New Zealand | October 5, 2013| Updated October 6, 2013
Stayed not far away so made a couple of visits. A nicely layed out bar with large fridges lining the side wall full of bottles. The bartender was great, chatty and recommended beery stuff to do around town. Not sure how often the taps change but was hoping to see some new stuff a few days later but not to be. Minor quibble though, worth a look in for sure.
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  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
mnurda  (68) Winnipeg, Manitoba | May 18, 2013
Visited in February 2013. Great wide open place with good selection of beer. Food was awesome. Good for them for gentrifying
90
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 9/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
Knappster  (1) , | March 13, 2013
Vancouver trip- Mar 2013 - Reid Great joint, semi suspect location because of gastown dist- staff is tops, knows a whack load on beer - food was dynamite ! Cheers
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee  (508) Toronto, ON, Ontario | June 21, 2012
Wow - a damn cool space in the middle of a not so cool stretch of Hastings. Flights appear to be well-constructed, the bottles are all in coolers and the servers are quite knowledgeable. Food is simple but designed to pair well with beer. Excellent and attentive service as well - which is always a pleasant surprise. I like that itís short - theyíre not trying to do too much. A few classics and a few interesting taps as well. Yup - not a whole lot to complain about.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 6/15   FOOD 5/10   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 15/20
stantheman  (31) British Columbia | May 25, 2012
December 9, 2011 [ Updated December 13, 2011 ] Just opened a week ago. A bit early to rate meaningfully, but initial indications are very positive. Not open for lunch. Opens at 5. Decent selection of bottled craft beers and 8 taps. Upscale pub food. Open kitchen. Very busy!
38
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 3/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 2/10   OVERALL 4/20
mcberko  (292) Vancouver, British Columbia | April 26, 2012
Good service and nice ambience. But the beer is a pretty standard affair - only 8 taps. They admittedly specialize in their bottle selection, all of which are available for 1/3 to 1/2 the price at any off-license liquor store in town. So whatís the point in coming here? So you can gain expert beer knowledge on all the beers they have, they say. Pass - Iím not buying the sales pitch. No reason to come here.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine  (779) The Sunshine State, Florida | January 18, 2012
Cool urban bistro with small but good beer list and small but fun menu. Good date place.
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  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE N/A   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes  (668) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 18, 2012
New place, had dinner here. The food was okay, and some things were reasonably priced. The beer list is good, the main drawback being that only 8 taps. The bottle list is large but as a beer geek Iím not so interested in paying restaurant markups for the same bottles that are already expensive at the store. But otherwise, another solid addition to the Gastown crawl. The service on our visit was excellent.

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