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.
More than two decades ago, Frank Gregus and Maurice Hamilton set out on a venture as amateur home winemakers. Their cottage industry flourished into Pacific Breeze Winery in 2005, and since their first professional release in March 2007, their family-owned garagiste?or "garage winery"?has hauled in more than 50 international medals, including Intervin's "Best Winery of the Year" award in 2010. From grape to barrel, barrel to bottle, and bottle to kiddie pool, Pacific Breeze Winery's lavishes meticulous attention to each small-lot, handcrafted product. This diligence infuses every sip of robust reds and elegant whites, each of which begins its journey at premium vineyards across North America.
Paddlewheeler Pub woos patrons with a menu of tongue-tantalizing bread-embraced meats, 14 sudsy beers on tap, and 12 wines by the glass. Fashion-forward mouths can try on the shrimp purses ($10.95), deep-fried wonton-wrapped shrimp served with sweet chili sauce, or potato skins ($9.95). The california clubhouse sandwich transports taste buds to the VHS-paved streets of Hollywood with three layers of bread layered with chicken breast, avocado, and bacon ($10.95). Canines can chomp nine juicy burgers, including the mushroom ($10.45), bacon and cheddar ($10.45), and wild salmon ($11.95), all served with a choice of savoury sidekick, such as above-average-temperature soup, fresh salad, or cape-donning crispy fries.
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.