Huge with a big bar area, restaurant area and large patio. Service was good, but not beer centric. Prices are a bit high considering they brew their own. Sampler flight available. Didn’t eat. Not bad, but nothing exciting and their beers are pretty safe.
This place is friggin huge. Stopped in after wandering around the main drag of Gastown on Water St. There’s the main bar when you enter, the patio, the main dining room, a downstairs dining room and a downstairs bar. Holy moly. To get to the bathrooms is like navigating a maze.
In any event, the place itself felt a little bit like a perhaps slightly classier Rock Bottom (to use a reference to something I’m familiar with here in the US). They had about 8 beers on tap which includes 4 regulars, some seasonals, and some specials. The beer quality wasn’t great. But it was decent, I guess.
Service at the bar was really friendly and was pretty on top of it. In the dining room was a bit slow. The pricing is pretty decent compared to other places. Food isn’t cheap, but you get a pretty good portion.
I thought the quality of beer here was set higher than many other BC brews I tried. No doubt it’s overly touristy and loud here but I didn’t mind the one visit. The chick behind the bar was great. Didn’t eat so can’t comment on that. Convenient to hit first when staying central.
Unfortunately Steamworks seems less creative these days but generally the quality of their brewing remains above average. If you are visiting Vancouver, and even if you already live here, it’s worth heading over to Steamworks a couple of times a year at least to drink what’s going on. Of course, all the individual beers are rated elsewhere on this site. About the brewpub itself: Steamworks is humongous. I can’t understand how it can sustain itself with the price of real estate in Vancouver but the restaurant/bar/cafe/dining room/oyster bar seems to do quite well. Many different rooms means many different environments to suit your needs and tastes. The easiest place to sit is (besides the outdoor patio) the first level, which offers fine views of the North Shore. The lower level offers yet another bar/lounge area but this one with a pool table and a livelier environment. Also good views. Next to the lower bar are two other rooms: an Oyster bar/chill lounge/scotch den type room (used to be a cigar room I believe); and the main dining area with a long open kitchen. Nice dining room, don’t know about the food. Pub food usually sucks. Service too. If it’s not slow, it’s surly and if it’s not surly it’s slow.
Oakes (816) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated June 27, 2006
Updated June 26, 2006. These days I’m happy to visit Steamworks, more so than when I first rated the place. The staircase still rocks but the key is that they’ve always got two seasonals on these days, which doubles the number of choices for me. The regs are still uninspired, though the IPA is drinkable enough for an APA. Food is a bit iffy - ten bucks for a burger they didn’t even make themselves, but did burn to a crisp anyway. Grumble. Some of the appies are pretty good, though. The service is generally pretty good, and some of them know me, which means I must go in there often enough, which means I must like something. So yeah, check ’em out.
Very commercial place, big, and often packed; beers are ok, nothing special. Food is uninteresting. Even if it’s a short walk from "home", I go there very seldom, it just looks like a place for tourists at the edge of Gastown. Malone’s is just a block away...
This is a popular spot in downtown Vancouver, near the water and a nice view. There is a cellar area to hang out at the bar or raw tables, or classy tables upstairs. It was busy late Tuesday night with lots of people eating, mostly. It is a corporate run place and tries to meet or exceed comparable US places. I think it may. The stouts were interesting, and the place certainly stands up to some chains. The staff is rained on basic statements about the beers. Perhaps another day another time to get to the brewmaster. Visited with Tigglmtl.
Visited first time on Sunday June 21, 2015. Walked over from Postmark. Arrived 13:45 or so. Busy to packed place, also the place is huge. 8 beers on, flights of 4 available, size 5 oz each. Fairly expensive. Couldn’t get their wifi working for me. Staff friendly, but not very knowledgeable. One beer they didn’t know which one it was at first, they had to find the manager. A bunch of big TV-screens showing sports. Very tourist part of town. Close to Waterfront station. Small parking (pay) just outside.