Chef Kieran Kearns Raises the Bar in Gastropub Dining at The Charles Bar

Kieran Kearns is the chef behind the new menu at The Charles Bar, The Dover Arms Pub and Colony – all owned by local entertainment company Blueprint. He has created a new style of menu, something that incorporates casual bar bites with more elaborate, heartier dishes. He’s also passionate about local and organic ingredients. Another thing…

Jack Daniels’ new release: Sinatra Select

They did it their way. Last Wednesday I attended the exclusive release of Jack Daniels’ new offer – Sinatra Select at the Clough Club in Vancouver. This is one of my favourite venues. The room was packed with Jack fans who enjoyed whiskey-themed cocktails like the gentleman’s sour. Named after the chairman of the board…

Ensemble Tap

Ensemble Tap is the second restaurant that Top Chef Canada’s winner Dale MacKay has opened in Vancouver. Ensemble Tap is re-defined casual dining – With over 40 brews on tap and a menu filled with pub favourites (including meat pies, fish and chips and chicken wings), this restaurant is a departure from Ensemble’s (Chef MacKay’s…

131 Water Kitchen and Bar

131 is located on Water Street between Abbott and Cambie. This restaurant features two dining levels and a patio facing the street. This place serves good pub food – wings, poutine, fish and chips, etc. They also have a decent cocktail and beer list. I’ve been there a couple of times to watch the Canucks…

Rogue Wet Bar and Kitchen

  I love  Rogue Kitchen and Wet Bar –  This funky establishment is located on the same building as the Waterfront Skytrain Station. Its one of my favorite casual dining restaurants, and they make some mean cocktails. Also I should mention their excellent use of social media. You can find Rogue on Twitter, where they offer…