Ceili’s Irish Pub

670 Smithe Street
Vancouver V6B 1E
604.697.9199
www.ceilis.com/vancouver/
 
 

Really nice pub, I can say just this 😉 Yes because we went there the evening before that a friend left Vancouver to make his “ByeBye” party. I remember that it was a good irish pub, nice music (not too high volume) and yummy food and beers. It’s close to EF Vancouver, so, it is another pub easy to find and it is a perfect place to spend time with your friends. If you’ll go there, you have to take Nachos!! I love it!

 

A few pictures of that night!

Redroom

Red Room On Richards
398 Richards Street, Vancouver, BC
Phone: 604-687-5007
http://redroomonrichards.com/
 
 

This is one of the second nightclub that I went after the first bad experience (I’ll tell you in the next future about the first one). I’m not sure how I can say about RedRoom because I found many times latin music and, like I said previously, I don’t like too much that kind of music but in any case I spent a good time there with friends. Yes because the place is more bigger than others nightclubs in downtown (not too much), and you can stay also a little bit outside from the dance floor. There is also a pool table where you can play with friends and the prices of beers are not too expensive. Sometimes the music changes in better and Dance Music come out! That’s nice..Another good point of this place is the position because it is close to Waterfront Station so, for me that I lived in North Vancouver, it was at the confortable distance from SeaBus.

Roxy

932 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2, Canada
(604) 331-7999
 

Nice place in the middle of Downtown, just in front of EF School. This nightclub is a little bit different from the others because many events that you can find here are Live Music. Generally the music here is more Rock than other places. I went there just one time for a Birthday party of one of the daughters of my hostmother (I can say Hostsister?? xD ).

Anyway, the place was nice but it’s different from my “idea” of nightclub and for that reason we didn’t pay too much attention to the music and we were looking for drinks 😀  The prices here are not chep like everywhere and if you try to ask to the bartender to be generous with your drink, he’ll answer: “Sorry, I can’t”. That’s boring!!

If you’re looking for something different from the classic nightclub and their music, this place is for you. I suggest you to look for the events that there will be here when you want to go there because sometime there is a big line up.

If you’ll go there I’m curious to hear also your opinion on this place so, go there and write here 😉  !

Tim Hortons

Address: everywhere!

 

Here we go! It’s its turn now! Everybody knows Starbucks (I’ll make a review in the future about it) but not all the people knows Tim Hortons! In Vancouver there are many places where you can take something for breakfast or just to stay with friends, talk and have fun. Starbucks is probably the most famous but for this reason is also the most expensive!

Onestly I can’t make a review about the differences between coffee because I don’t like it but I can tell you something about HotChocolate and food. For the first one I think that Starbucks is better, especially if you take the cream on the chocolat. Yummy!!

Instead Tim Hortons is the best for Donuts! Oh yes!! Every morning when I walked in front on his windows and I saw all of their donuts, I couldn’t resist..I had to buy a donut! My favourite was Honey Cruller! So sweet I know, especially if you take both, Donut and HotChocolat but …..uuuuuu…..Simply the best!!

Another good point of Tim Hortons is the prices, it is chep! I bought all for almost an half price than Starbucks HotChocolat. Like everything, Brand is all in these kind of places! If you ask to one of my friends what he loves in Vancouver, probably he’ll say Tim Hortons in his personal ranking!

Forum Sports Bar

 

1163 Granville Street, Vancouver BC  |  604-605-1163

When I made a review of Caprice I told you (I hope so) that the best night to go there was on Thursday…Now I’m going to talk a little bit about Forum, another nightclub and pub in Grandville St. It is a little bit more far from EF School than Caprice but I think that it’s like 5 minutes by walk. Anyway, the best day to go at the Forum was Tuesday, also here there are many special events during the week but everytime that someone asked where we could go on Tuesday night, the first answer was Forum. It is not only a nightclub like Caprice but it is a good place to see sports game (in Vancouver SPORT means HOCKEY) and there are many tables where you can sit and enjoy the game. For this reason, after 11pm, when Forum turns into a “nightclub” (music more high, lights,..), the space to dance is not big but there are many people that like it. When I went there I remember just that I didn’t dance but I drank too much beer and when I went out I was a little bit drunk! It was a funny story because I went out too late to take the last SkyTrain, Seabus and when I decided to find the NightBus (it was the first time that I took it) I got lost. Yes..I got lost because I was drunk because the Downtown’s map is really simple and it’s diffucult to lose the way. However the problem wasn’t only that, I usually use glasses but that night I put it on my T-Shirt collar and my brain didn’t work too much to remember that..I walked around the city without glasses and I had some problems to see the street’s names! Finally, around 2.30am I took a bus (with a big hope that it was the right bus) and probably I started to sleep a little bit on it. Final result: fortunatly I woke up just in time to figure out where I was and I arrived at home safely.

This is a biiiiiiiig story to say that Forum is nice, it wasn’t my favourite but it is a good place if you don’t know where you can spend your night time!

Caprice Nightclub + Lounge

Let go to talk about nightclubs. I want to start with the last that I found in Vancouver. Probably “FIND” is not the best verb because this is not a small nightclub or in a strange position but I went there just during the last month and this was a bad choice that I made because it is one of my favourites nightclubs.

It is in the best position, Grandville St. , just close to the EF School and for this reason it was really easy to meet all the people and go there. The place probably is not so big like a clubs in Europe (or better, in Italy the nightclubs are more bigger but many times they are not properly in the middle of Downtown).

If you have an invite the entry is free but if you don’t have it don’t worry! Try to go outside the nightclubs on Grandville St. before 10pm and probably you can find their PR that give you the tickets. Remember to bring with you your ID, sometimes it’s better that you have two piece of ID, it’s ok also a passport and a credit card with your name for example. Anyway, I love this place especially for the music because is similar to the music that you can find here in Italy and there is less latin music than others. For me latin music is not bad but I can’t dance it 😀 .

The only problem, but this is not only a Caprice’s problem, is the price of a drinks inside because I remember that it was not cheap. But like I said, this is a problem that you can find also in other nightclubs.

In every case, if you like a special kind of music, you can find a lot of special events during all the week with different kind of musics. Just check on their website. I can show you one of the videos that you can find on vimeo or youtube for example.

And now some pictures from my last day in Vancouver, I made a party there to say Goodbye to all my friends!

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Restaurant Guide – Steamworks

SteamWorks

Address
Steamworks is located at 375 Water Street accross from Waterfront Station at the foot of historical Gastown.
375 Water Street
Vancouver, BC
Ph : 604.689.2739
Websitehttp://www.steamworks.com
Emailinfo@steamworks.com
 
 
 
Map
Reservations:: 604.689.2739
Fax:: 604.669.2329
Email:: info@steamworks.com

It’s a really nice restaurant and pub. It’s strange because it is really close to Waterfront but in the first month I had never been there. One day I followed a friend that asked me to go in this pub before he left Vancouver and big surprise: I love this place! The atmosphere is nice, not too much noise and the food is really good. I’ve never been there just for dinner or lunch but everytime I went at Steamworks with friends to drink a beer and eat their Nachos (I think that the Nachos are for share because they are really big and very good). You can also call to make a reservation but remember, in this place there are many people and for this reason it’s not so easy to find a space for big groups also if Steamworks is big (especially during the Canucks game).

This is the website for more information and to take a look on their menu. The place is not too much expensive but is good so, the prices is a little bit more than the other pubs (for foods). For example for a burger is almost $15.

I want to repeat my idea on this place: I LOVE IT!

 
 

Restaurant Guide – Bridge House Restaurant

Bridge House Restaurant

3300 CAPILANO RD
NORTH VANCOUVER
BC V7R 4H8
Phone: 604-987-3388
 
Hours of operation from:
April 4th – May 17: 11 am – 4 pm
May 18 through the summer: 11:00 am – 5 pm
From Capilano Suspension Bridge Website:
“Located directly across the street from Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, BC, the Bridge House Restaurant offers visitors a welcome respite after a busy day exploring the park. Sip a glass of chilled B.C. wine on the patio in summer months or warm up with a hearty bowl of homemade soup on a crisp autumn day.
The full service restaurant was originally the residence of former Capilano Suspension Bridge owner, Mac MacEachran. Award winning gardens, century old rhododendrons and beautifully landscaped surroundings provide a stunning backdrop for guests. The Executive Chef is committed to using the freshest ingredients to create an unforgettable fine dining experience. The restaurant is open for lunch, afternoon tea and early dinner.”

 

My opinion is: ONE OF THE BEST that I’ve ever TRIED. We went there with no expectations but it was really nice and the food was really good. Maybe is not cheaper like many restaurant in Downtown but we were all satisfied at the end of our lunch. Before that I tried the greek restaurant I think that this one was my favourite restaurant in Vancouver but the only problem that it is a little bit far because I think that it is 20 minutes from Lonsdale Quay by bus.

This is an example of their Menù: http://www.capbridge.com/pdf/13_menu.pdf

Restaurant Guide – Spanish Restaurant

Spanish Restaurant

 
(I don’t remember the name :p )
Davie St. – In front of the Stepho’s Greek Restaurant, behind Davie Flowers
 
 

I’m searching the name of this restaurant in internet but I can’t find the name and the info so, I took an image from Google Maps and I show you this one to explain where it is.

This restaurant is easy to find because it is just in front of Stepho’s Restaurant (the greek restaurant that I made a review), just behind the Davie Flowers. You can enter in this place from the parking, on the stairs.

We went there only one time and now I’ll explain why. I think that was a sunday afternoon and after a good walking in Downtown, we decided to go out for dinner. We were 4-5 people (italians, brazilians and spanish). I suggested a greek restaurant (easy :p ) and all the people agreed with me. We went in Davie St. and when we arrived in front at the restaurant there was a HUGE line up! (I told you, if you try to go there in the weekend or for dinner during the week, prepare yourself to the big line up)

We couldn’t wait that kind of time to eat and we decided to go in another place. Looking around us to see something, we see this restaurant just in front of the greek, on the other side of the street. We found the entry and we discovered that it was a spanish restaurant. Good! There was also our spanish friend and we decided to try it and to figure out if that place was a original spanish restaurant or not.

The place is nice and we ate outside. When they gave us a list we saw that the prices weren’t so cheaper but it was ok, probably the food was really good (we thought). And it was…..The food was good but damn it! The dishes were so small!! We didn’t know if laugh or order more but we decided to laugh xD We ordered just an appetizer to share (probably it was a first plate but for us it was an appetizer) and sangria to drink. After that we paid (I don’t remember perfectly but I think that it was like a $15 each person) and we went out. We were still hungry so we decided to go to the japanese restaurant (Tanpopo) for a ALL YOU CAN EAT. That was a dinner!!

Anyway, the place is not bad and the food was good but in my opinion it is too expensive for the quantity that they give you. If you want to try it is ok but prepare yourself to pay more than other place if you want to eat the same quantity. I know that the quality is expensive but come on!!

If someone decide to go there, tell me the name of the restaurant 😉

Restaurant Guide – The Two Parrots

The Two Parrots

1202 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M4, Canada
(604) 685-9657
 
http://www.twoparrots.ca/
 

Let me talking about a little bit about this place. It’s not only a place where you can eat normal dishes (especially mexican dishes, most common dishes like burritos or something like that), it’s not a normal pub where you can drink something with friends in the evening or maybe drink something during a Canucks game…It’s is also an FOOD RING for a big competition! I went there for the first time with my roommate to watch a Canucks game (there was a special offer for a discount on the beers everytime that Canucks scored, sounds good!) and I ate there very well, more better than a fast food! After that I went there for a lunch with friends because during the day is more easy to find a place to sit and the price is not too high. But the funniest story was two months ago. We heard from someone that there is a special CHALLANGE there. We called it HAMBURGER CHALLANGE!!

We loved this kind of challange in fact we tried before Pasta Challange and Japanese food Challange but we had never tried HAMBURGER CHALLANGE! So, we decided to go there and now I try to explain the rules for you. They are very simple:

– The hamburger is special, it is a    2 POUNDS hamburger    !!!

-You have one hour to eat it. If you finish it less than one hour, it is free. If you spend more time or you cannot finish it, you’ve to pay $25.

-You are not allow to leave the table before the end of the challange, if you do it, you’re squalify and you have to pay the cost of the Hamburger (for this reason remember to go to the washroom before).

-You cannot share your hamburger with other people and you cannot change the ingredients inside the hamburger.

That’s all. The rules are simple but the challange was so hard!

I can explain the problems that I found. There were 2 main problems for me. The first one was the mushrooms because I don’t like too much them and inside the hamburger there were many of these. The second problem was the bread, it was so wet, especially the part below, if you want to try, I can suggest you to use a little piece of paper under the hamburger to help to get dry a little bit the bread.

I ate firstly the meat and the vegetables and after that, I started to eat the bread…….Final result? I couldn’t finish it because I was so full! Mushrooms and bread were been my weakness! There were other three challenger, 2 swiss guys and one japanese. The Swiss Squad quit the Challange before me meanwhile the japanese guy was the most closest to the victory but he didn’t finish the last small piace of bread and he had to run to the washroom (he felt sick).

If you’re brave, you’ve to try it! And if you have many friends that want to join you in this challange, it’ll be funny!