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.
The Hronopoulos family, owners of Sokela Restaurant and Lounge, call upon Greek, Italian, Moroccan, Spanish, and French influences to create a menu that represents a mélange of Mediterranean flavours. Sokela was born when the owners decided to turn the image of their traditional Greek restaurant, Alekos, around by reversing its name. To reflect this new philosophy, the Greek plates share menu space with chorizo, gnocchi, and West Coast seafood dishes to please palates and confuse U.S. customs employees. Beige and brown accents, tiles, exposed wood, and short cylindrical hanging lamps create a casual atmosphere and surround patrons as they dine in the main room or the lounge.
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 Pub has been delivering upscale pub food for more than 20 years. Its generous menu offers 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.
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.