Gastown is forever changing; such is the nature of consistency. Reliable? Of course. A discovery? Always.

Here’s a rundown of the current happenings within Gastown.

Gastown dominates The Golden Plate Awards and The Best of Vancouver

It’s that scrumptious time of the year! Yes, it’s pie season and turkey trots and halloween candy galore but it’s also time for the delicious results of The Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards and Best of Vancouver.

The foodies have spoken and declared the winners. Once again, Gastown has placed within most Golden Plate categories, taking home 8 first places , 11 second places, and 8 third places. How did we get so lucky? For the Best Of, we snagged 9 first places , 6 second places, and 8 third places, with a hat trick for best eyewear.

Check out the Gastown results here.

With an empty belly and a parched throat, Gastown is a wondrous place to explore. The neighbourhood thrives on diversity with a kaleidoscope of kitchens conjuring cuisine inspired from regions throughout the world. Anyone with any type of diet can find a place to dine in Gastown. One could even come here exclusively to sip on proper cocktails crafted by masters of the art of the shaker. There is always a chance to discover some new joint with a novel idea, cradled between restaurants that have stood firm on the cobblestone for decades. We are proud of our restaurants, pubs, bars, coffee shops, retail stores, boutiques, and everything in between.

So we say hurrah then and well done to you all!

31 Nights of Live Music at Water Street Cafe

Recently opened at the Water Street Cafe, The 2nd Floor is Gastown’s newest and busiest live music venue. For the entire month of October, the luxurious 1920’s themed venue plays host to top shelf talent in the city’s vibrant jazz, soul, and blues scene. Each night, guests can enjoy two full sets, and the entire food, wine, and cocktail menu is available on The 2nd Floor.

*Reservations: Space is limited in this intimate venue so when making your reservation please let the team know you are joining us for the “Live Music on The 2nd Floor” to ensure your seat close to the action. Phone: (604) 689-2832

Click here for music calendar

Lunch is back on the menu at Pourhouse. 

Pourhouse is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with the return of the pubs’ ever popular lunch service.

Offered weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in addition to its nightly happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch services, Pourhouse’s new lunch menu features many Pourhouse favourites like the Scotch egg, squash hummus and devils on horseback, as well as new dishes such as a prawn cocktail (tomatillo, horseradish) $11; wild rice bowl (pickled nectarine vinaigrette, local garden vegetables, puffed grains) $17; and Niçoise salad (albacore tuna, olives, hasselback potatoes, pickled preserves, cucumber, radish, pea shoots, bagna càuda), $18; in addition to heartier fare like:

– Duck club (cured duck breast, pork belly, arugula, Divina tomato, wild blueberry mayo, Nelson the Seagull sourdough), $19;
– Maryland fried chicken sandwich (fennel slaw, honey mustard), $18;
– Meatball sub (aged cheddar, spicy pickle sauce), $19;
– Rockfish pot pie (mirepoix, peas, cream, flaky pastry), $18;
– Steak frites (mushrooms, fries, peppercorn sauce), $36.

Now to October 21

To celebrate the return of the weekday lunch menu, Pourhouse will offer a special buy-one-get-one-half-off feature on its signature Pourhouse burger and fries ($23), a mainstay on their menu. Up to Monday, October 21, dine-in lunch guests who purchase a Pourhouse burger featuring dry aged Cache Creek beef, aged cheddar and pork belly, will receive a second one for half price.

Twisted Fork Bistro to open on Carrall Street.

Well loved for their hearty brunch service on Granville Street, the French cuisine inspired Twisted Fork Bistro is taking over 213 Carrall; the space once occupied by Vera’s Burger Shack. The exact opening date is unconfirmed but we expect it to be up and running before Christmas.


A Christmas In Gastown.

We have been conspiring to bring you a Christmas season worth remembering. For four magical nights in December, the neighbourhood will be transformed into a wonderland of light, music, animation, performing characters, mistletoe, and snow. Save the dates: December 12-13, and 19-20. More will be revealed!