This place is big. Has a sports bar ambiance. Not very cozy and a little too brightly lit. Service is okay, eye candy is good. Food was okay. There are good specials and the best news is that there are a couple of good beers, with more worth trying. Wish I could rate it higher, given the huge sums that obviously been spent on the place.
A modern, bright and lively atmosphere with a large pink "open labia" bar containing 16 taps with 8 styles. Brewer and co-owner GaryLohin is a very friendly and optimistic personality who’ll hopefully keep the reigns on the brewing styles, and profits from, this humongous outfit adjacent to the newest campus for Simon Fraser - Surrey. My biggest complaint is the food - the recommended appetizers in the local Beer Guide are no longer on the menu - so I had the Prawns Topaz ($8.95) and the Drunk City Chicken ($12.95). The Prawns were a tiny portion while the Drunk Chicken, though ample in size, was terribly bland. The beer did live up to expectation - I loved the beers with the German malts and mild hops.
papajohn (25) San Diego (Mira Mesa), California | June 29, 2007| Updated June 30, 2007
DITTO...cannot say it any better than the previous raters. The food (steak) was O.K., but if I return it will be for the beer. I had Boomers Red and Empire IPA. Both were very tasty. Been there, done that.
Crit (150) Surrey, British Columbia | March 16, 2004| Updated September 18, 2008
This place is huge!! Several different areas including the bar, a pool table area, a terraced night club area, and an indoor sidewalk cafe. Apparently 4.5 mil was spent. Taps are limited to their own, macros only in bottles and every liquor known to man. The Wallys Wheat,Boomers Red and the Stout are all worthwhile. They have a cool 2.95 gal take home keg in the liquor store.
Jan 08: Food quality has gone downhill, prices are up and the menu choices have been reduced
This is probably one of the best looking brewpubs I’ve ever been in. The place is gigantic, but it still manages to feel intimate. Food was good, but the beers were quite average. I liked the stout and the Red ale. The service was okay, but our waiter was completely incompetant. If you go, try the calzone... it was tasty.
Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 24, 2004
The brewpub is pretty standard in terms of appearance - gleaming, but charmless, with big open spaces, televisions, etc. That’s fine -we all know I prefer wood, brick and coziness. The service at the bar was good, the wait staff seemed lost in the open spaces and never managed to notice the new customer standing there. The beer is really a waste of Gary Lohin’s talents. The Wheat is acceptable, the Red quite good. The lighter stuff is well-made, but the heavier (Pale, Porter) is poor. Easy to reach right across from Surrey Central Skytrain station, but I can’t even declare it the best brewpub in Surrey.
Beershine (850) VANCOUVER, British Columbia | November 4, 2007| Updated November 5, 2007
Some of the beers at Central City are above-average. The IPAs tend to be good. Still, it’s not a very good place. Staff can be woefully uneducated. For example, I just phoned to inquire about the Double Crown I2PA. The woman who answered the phone said What’s that? However, it depends on who you get because many staff members are cool. I’ve been down there several times for beers and have even bought a keg from them for a party. Central City a large, expansive, modern brewery located in a brand new mall.