For nearly a quarter of a century, Oliver Twist Pub has provisioned patrons with to-go and bar-side libations alongside feasts of eclectic pub fare. Inside the welcoming two-storey pub or on the open-air patio, patrons sup on hearty burgers, steak, and seafood, or pastas and rice bowls inspired by cuisines from around the world, washing down meals with frosty brews on tap. As the Canucks complete blind passes and flawless toe loops and football and baseball players battle it out on the nine HDTVs, the air buzzes with the excitement of nighttime activities ranging from karaoke and DJ sets to poker tournaments and music bingo.
Oliver Twist’s attached liquor store equips on-the-go customers with a full range of lottery prizes, wines, liquors, and a walk-in chilled beer cave that mimics the Neanderthal frozen brew palaces of the Ice Age.
In 1993, Ms. Bonny Brown formed Grapefully Yours to bring the secrets of wine- and beer-making to the masses. Today, her dream is housed inside Grape Plus Wine Cellar, which is owned by Betsy Rong. Her staff walks customers through selecting and fermenting their chosen brew—a simple process that can treat palates to dozens of red, white, and fruit mist wines, which fuse juicy flavours such as banana and pineapple. An air conditioner's gentle breeze keeps mixtures cool on their journey from grape to wine before bottle-filling and corking machines ready potables to pour into wineglasses or empty ice-cube trays. Additionally, the staff can emblazon bottles with custom labels or dispense beer kits that let customers create bubbly lagers and ales.
Seven varieties of mushrooms imported from Japan flavour Shang Noodle House's signature Red Reishi Ramen dish, each adding nutrients which can help bolster the immune system, metabolism, and other vital functions. The kitchen's focus on healthy eating continues with its hand-pulled wheat ramen noodles, vitamin C-packed mango juice, and free-range chicken dim sum. More than 24 varieties of ramen, from traditional to fried, round out the menu alongside barbecued pork belly, duck, and cuttlefish. Bamboo accents and contemporary art lend a modern air to Shang's Richmond and New Westminster eateries, which are part of the Kirin Restaurant Group. The latter location features a conveyor belt that rolls chef specials fresh out of the kitchen and carts back origami-folded thank-you notes from sated diners.
The enthusiasm for pub food and craft beer shared among members of the JAK Group Pubs team couldn't be confined to a single restaurant; instead, it’s spread among four establishments throughout British Columbia.
Comfort food such as shepherd’s pie lends Moonrakers Pub a homey atmosphere, and gamers at Great Bear Pub can revel in rounds of foosball, billiards, or old-school video games. Over at East Side Craft House, patrons can compete in games of Wednesday-night music bingo over craft beers or 1 of 12 local or imported drafts. More tunes emanate from Roo’s Pub every Thursday, when DJs spin funky house music as diners feast on tasty treats such as yam fries or australian lamb burgers.
Each pub also doubles as a liquor store; JAK Group Pubs runs three more locations independent of its restaurants. These include the 152nd Street Liquor Store, which updates its specialty wine stock weekly, and Pacific Spirits Liquor Store, which supplies customers with specialty craft beers and imported seashells.
Marine Pub & Brewhouse, under new management and newly renovated, still retains much of its old charm. Out on the wooden deck at Marine Pub & Brewhouse, clusters of tables under big umbrellas lend an at-home, backyard feel for those enjoying drinks and eats on the patio. Inside, you can enjoy the same food while soaking in the sun pouring in from the skylight. Aside from the bright, airy vibe inside and out, the brewhouse also offers a extensive menu of pub food of burgers, sandwiches, and wraps. You can can also opt for italian pastas, new york steaks, and specialty pizzas. The in-house brewery ensures that there’s always a freshly brewed beer to wash down meals.
It’s hard to tell what’s more awe-inspiring: a 150-inch high-definition TV screen ablaze with a heated sports game or a 6-ounce beef burger patty towering with bacon, danish blue cheese, and blue-cheese mayo. Great Bear Pub lures patrons into its dark-wood restaurant with both of these treats, along with four other signature burgers, more than 20 craft beers, and a slate-stone outdoor dining area lined with televisions of its own. Patrons dig into internationally inspired eats, such as jamaican steak bites and cheese-stuffed pierogi, or stop in for a quick lunch that's prepared and presented in less than 10 minutes. The sophisticated pub also hosts live entertainment six nights a week, and sits alongside its own liquor store to ensure dry pint glasses don’t stage political revolts.