The finishing touches are being added, more staff hired and trained, but Tap & Barrel in the Olympic Village is now open for business. Village residents and Dragon Zone paddlers will rejoice that mere steps away is the Daniel Hospitality Group’s newest waterfront property, serving craft beverages and local comfort food, along with some of the best views of the city.
At the western end of the Creekside Community Centre, the Tap & Barrel offers 8,000 square feet of dining on two floors. The $3.6 million establishment was designed by the Vancouver firm, Walter Francl Architecture. An Aquabus dock directly in front provides convenient access to BC Place. The Main Street Skytrain station is within walking distance.
The downstairs bar offers 130 linear feet of communal seating. Its fascia is clad with tin siding salvaged from an old East Van warehouse. Four-top tables lining the exterior wall are made from repurposed steel I-beams. Thirty-eight taps offer 23 BC craft beers, 14 BC wines, and Orchard Hill Red Roof cider. A beer engine will also be installed for an ever-changing cask ale option.
“Our kitchen is our soul; we are into seriously great food made from scratch, using only the freshest local ingredients.” A Wood Stone oven turns out pretzels, cedar plank salmon, and hand-tossed pizzas. All seafood is Ocean Wise.
Interior furnishings and decorative accents are uniquely local, such as metal halide bulbs saved from old street lights, molds from the Granville Island Foundry, a PNE arrow light fixture, mill cogs, gears and sprockets. Featured artists include Douglas Coupland, Graham Gilmore, Pat O’Hara, Peter Kiss, Carla Tak, and Jason Young.
With such great views overlooking East False Creek, it’s no surprise there is more seating outside: 200 inside, 280 outdoors.
Tap & Barrel currently has the largest selection of wine on tap in Canada with seven reds, seven whites. These are showcased in the upstairs Barrel Room & Rooftop Wine Bar. T&B exclusives include Laughing Stock Sauvignon Blanc and Clos du Soleil Rosé.
The Library is a 12-seat private dining area on the second floor which features a lending library that operates on the honour system.
Gas heaters on both floors and fire pits (below right) extend patio enjoyment beyond summer, and Village residents haven’t been waiting for the Grand Opening to enjoy them. Already, they’ve been getting to know their neighbours, who might otherwise have remained strangers were it not for having a local spot to socialize.