Tag: Bar

Raw Canvas, Vancouver (Yaletown)

Raw Canvas, Vancouver (Yaletown)

    Raw Canvas in Yaletown is a great place to go spend an evening to release the inner Picasso in you. Whether you are looking for a fun date night rendezvous with your significant other or a fun girls’ night out, Raw Canvas does […]

Hub Restaurant and Lounge, Vancouver (Yaletown)

Hub Restaurant and Lounge, Vancouver (Yaletown)

    Hub Restaurant and Lounge in Yaletown in a friendly neighborhood pub we often frequent. It is located just across the skytrain station on Mainland and offers both indoor booth seats as well as a quiet outdoor patio (on days it is pouring rain). We didn’t mind […]

Bard and Banker Victoria (Downtown)

Bard and Banker Victoria (Downtown)

Bard and Banker Pub

 

Bard and Banker Pub

Bard and Banker Pub

Bard and Banker Pub

 

Bard and Banker Victoria, BC has an interesting history since it first opened in 1862 as the Bank of British Columbia until 1988. Robert Service emerged as an notable employee and wrote poems such as The Cremation of Sam McGee, etc. Although you may not care for poems and stories, but looking at the historic photos, one can`t help but wonder what life would`ve been like hundreds of years ago. I like my technology, so I probably would not cope well if ever transported back.

 

Compared to bars in London, ones that that have been refurbished Grace Bar Piccadilly with beautiful bird cages and white chairs, Bard and Banker is classy. It`s maintained the classical gentlemen charisma and charm. Gold and brass finishing with dark wooden furnishing and upholstered leather booth seats.  Live music runs Wednesday thru Saturday nights, defining the ultimate pub experience.

 

Bard and Banker Pub
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Bard and Banker Pub
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Bard and Banker Pub
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Bard and Banker Pub
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Bard and Banker Pub
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Guinness
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It`s almost hard to picture the empty 12000 sq.ft. bank below transformed into today`s pub serving domestic, imported beers, scotch, cocktails and even lunch specials. What an experience it was to swirl my glass of Macallan 25. I can`t say that the service was great or the food was delicious; but love the swagger and its decor.

 

Bank of BC
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Bank of BC
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Bank of BC
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Bard and Banker Pub

Bard and Banker Pub

Bank of BC
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Bard and Banker Victoria

1022 Government Street Victoria, BC V8W 1X7
(250) 953-9993

 

 

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Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

        6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good…           6:50: […]

Chill Winston, Vancouver (gastown)

Chill Winston, Vancouver (gastown)

Chill Winston is a sexy restaurant and lounge located in Gastown on 3 Alexander St, Vancouver. I great location for after work happy hours and late night drinks with friends. Party district, hipster central and a see-and-to-be-seen places, you can always come to enjoy a full […]

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Vancouver (Kitsilano)

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Vancouver (Kitsilano)

NOVO Pizzeria is located on Burrard Street near West 4th Vancouver is a recently opened Italian restaurant and home to previously Incendio. Newly renovated this place is bright, well lit with a bar area, tables, booth seats and an open kitchen concept.
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The service is friendly, water glass is never empty, and every dish was well presented with a thorough description of key ingredients.

Novo Pizzeria and Wine Bar on Urbanspoon
Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
URL: http://www.novopizzeria.com/

 

Anti Pasti $14 (serves 2-3); $25 (serves 4-6)
Daily selection of vegetables, salumis, cheeses.
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Fresh olives slightly warmed is firm and well marinated. Pickled scallions are sweet, crunchy and slightly salty – an explosion of flavours in your mouth.

Eggplant, chilli, and red pepper veggie paste was pungent and spicy.
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Spread over focaccia toast and a slice of cured meat to balance the flavours out… Fontina cheese cleanses your palate between sets.
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Please don’t assume the cheese is plain and bland. Fontina cheese is pungent and also has an intense mixture of earthy, mushroomy, and woody taste. It pairs impeccably well with cured meats and truffles.

 

Prosciutto & Arugula Pizza 18
Prosciutto, argugula, reggiano, fiori di latte
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Let me start by saying that the hero of this dish is the crust – thin, crunchy and never hard to chew or break like a cracker. As you bite into thin crust it will have a little softness of bread to counterbalance the crispy bottom.
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The freshness of the prosciutto mixed the nutty spicy taste of arugula perks up this pizza. Reggiano adds a rustic texture with its buttery aroma and nutty sweetness.

 

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Overall a very casual fine dining pizzeria with above par pizzas. Definitely a must try if you are in the area. Next time I visit I must try the mushroom truffle pizza with fontina (I wonder if it will also be as orgasimic as The Market’s… ) … mmmm truffle…. #melt

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Other notables:

  • Sicilian Meatballs
  • Gnocchi
  • Nutella Calzone
  • Neopolitan Pizzeria
  • Open Table reservations (every 100 points helps)
  • Open Kitchen
  • Italian Wood Oven Pizza
  • Lunch: M-F 11:30-3pm
  • Dinner: Sun-Th 5-10pm; F-Sat 5-11pm
  • Wine bar
  • AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Lounge
  • Chef’s Table
  • Delivery
  • Patio/Outdoor Dining
  • Twitter: @Novopizzeria

2118 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6J 3H6

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So Novo boast a fire wood pizza oven in house, I wonder if there is a such a thing as a Mobile Pizza Oven… Maybe an idea for street food carts?

Georges At The Cove San Diego California (La Jolla) | Best Patio View and Burgers

Georges At The Cove San Diego California (La Jolla) | Best Patio View and Burgers

    What does one think of when you travel to San Diego? When I was there recently all I could think of was all the attractions – Legoland (be sure to try Granny’s Apple Fries), Sea World , San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Aircraft Carrier […]

The Market – Jean George (Shangri-La Hotel), Vancouver

The Market – Jean George (Shangri-La Hotel), Vancouver

A classy dining setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Alberni Street off Robson, The Market by Jean-Georges is attractive and sexy! Romantic and sophisticated one would call it. Bright lights, white linen, polished décor… There is four distinct experiences with their 1. Heated […]