Archive for August 2011
After our Suspension Bridge adventure in Vancouver last month, Skyler and I headed to historic Gastown. It is the birthplace of Vancouver with Victorian buildings lining the cobblestone streets…our kind of place. Obviously, when we planned a quick one day trip to Vancouver we knew we couldn’t see and do everything. So when we were narrowing it down and I read about all of the different neighbourhoods within the city I knew immediately that Gastown would be perfect for our taste! We just aren’t into the fancy-dancy high-end boutique shopping and fine dining. We like something with a little more history and character.
“Gastown was initially a settlement that sprung up around a tavern founded in 1867 by sailor and gold prospector John “Gassy Jack” Deighton.” It is a super cute area with a very cool, laid back vibe! We hadn’t researched restaurants in the area in advance, so for dinner Skyler just picked one out that looked like our kind of place. And boy did he get it spot on!
We wandered into Steamworks Brewing Company and it was awesome!!! It got its name from the famous Gastown steam line that runs right through the restaurant/brewery. They actually use the steam from the lines to fire the kettles. How cool is that?! The restaurant is huge with three levels. They host private functions and have cool bar areas – the whole shebang. The eclectic atmosphere definitely didn’t disappoint. I think that we were lucky to even get a seat without reservations, and it was a week night.
To top off the perfect ambiance, the food was delicious and beer fresh! I ordered a half order of nachos which was ginormous. It was good, but I definitely had buyers remorse as soon as I tasted Skyler’s amazing Butter Chicken. Not because mine wasn’t good, but because his was so incredible! I don’t even like Indian food that well, but this stuff was so tasty! The beer was yummy of course too. I can’t remember exactly what beers we ordered but mine was some sort of fruity seasonal and they were both refreshing and tasty! It was a great restaurant experience all together. The server was great and attentive, the food and beer rocked, and the atmosphere was perfect! Definitely a great way to wind down from a long day of being turbo-tourists!
Cheers to a fabulous day in Vancouver! I can’t wait to go back someday! We made one last stop in the city before we headed back to the U.S. though…
To read about the rest of our day in Vancouver click on one of the following links: