Really nice place with a good view of the mountains out back. Couches and places to hang. Real casual (is there any place in Canada that ISN’T casual?). A little touristy, maybe, but a good crowd overall. Friendly as hell. Cool stairway in the middle of the whole place.
Located on the edge of Gastown, a stones-throw away from Waterfront skytrain station. We were seated in a tidy corner away from the normal commotion, and we each had a very comfortable leather lounge-area style chair to sit in. The selection of drinks was very good for both the beer drinker and wine drinker alike. I had an opportunity to try out a variety of the Steamworks house brews, including two seasonal beverages. Our waitress was very pleasant, attentive, and typically quick to return with our many orders throughout the evening. I ordered a 10-oz steak, which was served with a peppercorn sauce (more like gravy), and vegetables. The steak was a little rarer than I would have liked, but it was still quite tasty. The potatoes were delicious, and it’s a shame only a few were included on the plate. One member of my party had the fish n’ chips, and later mentioned it was the nicest tasting fish he’s had in a long time. My one complaint was certainly to do with the bathroom situation -- the one near us was a single unit, door locked by the person using it. There was almost always a line-up of 2 or 3 people waiting for the bathroom to be free, which wasn’t very pleasant as I myself had to go about 5 times after a night of sampling the drink menu. They also do not accept debit, however there is an ATM on the premises, which will charge you $2.00 to withdraw funds.
Visited here when we arrived in Vancouver on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The place was fairly crowded but we didn’t have to wait for a table. There is a large bar area on the right, a large restaurant area on the left, and more tables and a bar in the basement. There is also a patio that had heaters blasting. Ten taps, and the two beers we tried were both very good. The place is well-staffed, and our waiter was very friendly. The food was solid but overpriced. Overall, this is a very solid brewpub that seems to be a bit underrated. Definitely worth a visit if you’re spending some time in Vancouver.
Went in mid-afternoon and had a tasters platter. Was impressed by the range of beers they had and their overall qualty. Was very impressed by the NXNW IPA, the Coal Porter and the Nirvana Nut Brown. All beers that i could sit and have a session with. The overall ambiance of the upper bar was nice, cozy, good attentive waitor who clearly knew his beers as well. The basement level (which i only discovered due to the neet for the washrooom) is huge and i could see it being a really attractive place in the evening when busy.
Nicely located in the more touristic part of Vancouver. Not far from Canada Place. Simple american interior. Quick service. Prices were good, but we were still not used to the tipping culture. So I hope we tipped enough. Selection was limited but they had some interesting non-beer drinks, and free water. That is great since it is not at all common in Belgium. What I don’t like is that they ask 10 times if everything is fine. Seriously, just let us eat and drink and if I have a question, I’ll ask it myself. (Probably that’s why everyone calls Belgian "a-social persons") . Food was really good. Good portion, just the fries could have been better. I would certainly come back if I’m back in Vancouver.
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.
Originally reviewed: 5/5/09. The wife and I were up visiting Vancouver for a few days and thought I’d check this place out. Stopped in for lunch. Decent view of the historic street on one end of the place and an alright view of the harbour on the other end. The place is set up almost nicely with 2 bars, and they are soon adding a third. Service was great, as the waiters knew the beer they they carried. The food selection was stellar! This was the best offerings I’ve seen in a brewpub. I was very impressed. My wife got an open-faced turkey sandwich with a salad, that was very good; and I got a lamb burger with fries. This was excellent! The beer selection for this time was pretty average, with 5 or 6 of their normal offerings and 1 seasonal, a Belgian Wit. I got their Empress IPA which was pretty good. I should have gotten their sampler as I most likely will never be back to this area any time soon. Ah well. I really enjoyed this place and would recommend it to anybody.