Location: 97 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC
The old location of the Steel Toad has been converted into a welcoming space with plenty of communal tables. Besides a great setup to start casual conversations with strangers, they have classic arcade games like Pac Man (4 players), Street Fighter, and pinball games. Outdoor on their patio, they have a bean bag toss and also a ping pong table for you to reenact your favourite Forest Gump scene.
But you came here for the beer and food. Well, I can say with full confidence that this is now one of the top 3 places I would recommend for craft beer. Their Brewhall IPA is full of that pine flavour we come to love above IPAs. They also have a BC collaboration of all the craft breweries to make a super IPA. Finally, they do have a 9% Brewhall IPA for those who want to get toast after a pint.
I'm not a huge fan of sours but they have a neat Cherry Cola sour that you should give a shot!
As for food, prices are decent, check out www.brewhall.com for their full menu. I ordered crinkle fries which are pretty much perfectly made McCain fries and their Godfather Pizza. It's no R&B pizza but for under $12, it's enough for one person to snack on.
Also note, self service Portland style, which I love. More places should do this for sure.
Great first experience, I'll be sure to bring some cash money for the arcade next time.
Rating: 5/5 for an amazing selection of IPAs.