Lamb sliders slathered in Guinness mustard and cured-ham-stuffed chicken served with a wild-mushroom whisky cream are just two of the Irish pub dishes served up at St. James's Well. From 11 a.m. to midnight seven days a week, patrons can lounge on wooden chairs, absorbing the homey pub atmosphere as they watch Vancouver Canucks and BC Lions games. Alternatively, groups can gather on the outdoor patio to drink Guinness while looking up at the sun as it sinks toward its nightly collision with the moon. St. James's also hosts live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night.
From its perch alongside the Pitt River, Gillnetter Pub serves up crab cakes, halibut burgers, seafood stew, and PEI mussels that complement a view of the tranquil water, best enjoyed on the open-air patio that hosts revellers all summer long. Winter visitors get a similarly cozy treatment with an enclosed patio complete with a stone fireplace, toasty heaters, and an awning that folds back when the weather allows. Inside, diners feasting on baby back ribs or clam chowder can take in sports on one of several HDTVs or the pub's big screen, with games from the Canucks, Whitecaps, and BC Lions making regular appearances on the screens and in the strange dreams that customers have later that night.
At three locations across Vancouver, Samz Neighbourhood Pub invites patrons to hobnob with friends and enjoy a menu of classic pub favourites. As TVs broadcast UFC events and Vancouver Canucks’ slumber parties, cooks dish up everything from fish ’n’ chips and chorizo mac ’n’ cheese to pierogies stuffed with cheese and potato. Among more than a dozen burgers and sandwiches, the salmon burger—stacked with tartar sauce, pickles, and onion—stands out as an uncommon option.
Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill has been delivering upscale pub food for more than 20 years. Its generous menu proffers signature sandwiches, such as Cat’s pulled-pork sandwich—made from oven-roasted pork sauced with Jameson’s and Guinness and topped with frizzled onions—to pub classics, including the Team Platter, a sampler loaded up with hot wings, dry ribs, and potato skins, to name a few. Friday and Saturday nights, a live DJ fills the nightclub area with bumping beats while patrons dance on the spacious dance floors.
Lush green foliage wraps around one half of Roo's Pub and Grill, although the building cannot easily be concealed. Its large physical presence is matched by an extensive menu of hearty eats, including pasta dishes with hot chorizo and burgers formed in-house and topped with cheese and mushrooms.
A rough stone wall forms a backdrop behind the bar, which glimmers with a multitude of bottles, and a fireplace surrounded by dark wood cultivates a rustic feel. Patrons can entertain themselves after meals by heading to pool tables and dartboards, or they can let others do the entertaining during live music and open-mic events. Flatscreen televisions are also onsite, ensuring guests always know if there's a thunderstorm warning or a new commercial for car insurance.
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.