Long considered a social lubricant, alcohol equips people to slide into airtight conversations and slip out of runaway conga lines. Grease your social axle with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare and drinks at The Charles Bar in Gastown.
The Charles Bar welcomes droves of classic cocktail-sipping, inventive fare-munching socialites into its ample confines. A simple menu features substantial fare: try out a flatbread layered with crushed tomato and braised short ribs as well as horseradish cream, arugula, and green onions ($12), or sink chilly chompers into a burger bedecked with bourbon barbecue sauce and crispy onion rings ($12). Soothe a gullet parched by cotton-ball gargling with such craft brews as a sleeve of Whistler Pale Ale ($4.75), or an elixir from the classic cocktails list, which includes the Gastown lemonade, a minty melding of Jack Daniels, peach schnapps, and fresh, rosemary-infused lemonade ($9). Bask in the warm glow of amber-hued mood lighting at the wrap-around bar or compare barrel-hurling tactics at one of the thick, pine-slab tables lining the rugged sandstone walls.
Metro, Vancouver Foodster, and Vancouverhoods.com have all featured the Charles Bar. Sixty per cent of Urbanspooners like it, nine Yelpers give it an average of three stars, and nearly 580 Facebookers are fans. Though some reviewers have mixed opinions about the service, they enjoy the lively atmosphere.
- this bar hits it on the nose in this neighbourhood. The room is beautiful, dark wooden floors, large wooden tables, high ceilings and a cool bar set-up along with a kitchen cooking pretty good food! – Richard Wolack, Vancouver Foodster
136 W Cordova St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 1G1Get Directions