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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pint Public House (Vancouver, British Columbia)

Pint Public House, 455 Abbott Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the Gastown area in downtown Vancouver.  604-684-0258.  Hours 1100-2 am.   A great sports bar just a few blocks from BC Place Stadium, home to the Vancouver Whitecaps of the Major Soccer League, and the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League, and the Rogers Arena home to the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.  The walls are adorned in tons of various sports photos, mostly local teams.  In the center is a nice big square bar with seating an all 4 sides, I guess it could sit 30-35 people.   Before games this place fills up very quickly.  They just added a 300 seat extension below in the basement and that opened about a month ago.  If it is beer that you are after, there are 17 different types of beer on tap, as well as bottled and canned beer.  You can also order this real cool beer vat thing.  It is about 2 1/2 feet tall, glass and full of beer.  It has a tap on the bottom and you can pour your own beer!  No waiting for service, which by the way was very good!  Through out the bar there are numerous HD TV's.  They have roll up doors so you can sit and enjoy the fresh air and everyone passing by.  This pub is in the old Lotus Hotel, which a few years ago  you would never have ventured here as it is part of the downtown East Side which still is one of the poorest areas in Canada and riddled with drug and addiction problems.  Where the pub is located, there has been a lot of revitalization going on and sure that is nice.  You only have to walk a couple of blocks to the north east and you can appreciate how good you have it!  The food here is very good, I had the pound of chicken wings.  They come in 40 different flavours with a choice of 8 different dipping sauce.  I had the Bourbon BBQ with blue cheese dipping sauce. The wings were great, juicy and not dry, the sauce had a little zip to it but still mild, the way that I like them.  My Son had the Great Canadian Burger that came with Bacon, smoked cheddar cheese and maple BBQ sauce (and all the usual toppings), it came with a choice of sides that included, fries salad, etc.  He had the fries which were very good!  They have a fairly extensive menu!  The atmosphere here is very good, you don't have to be a sports fan to have a good time here (but it helps)!  It is not that far from all of the major hotels in the city, so it is a short easy walk.  I really like this place and highly recommend that you give it a try!