Underground Bar “Guilt & Co.” Opens In The Belly Of Gastown


A new liquor primary establishment called Guilt & Co. has opened in the refinished dungeon underneath Chill Winston on Gassy Jack Square. It’s basically an 89 seat extension of Chill Winston with the same owners and operators, a low ceilinged haunt for several strata of scenester. There’s a cold side and hot place kitchen plating what appears to be at the very least an amusing menu (those $5 pepperoni sticks better be good), a stage for live shows, and a cave that will play host to either private functions or little deuces upon which guests can request to play games like Boggle, Scrabble, and Cranium. Word is they’ll soon have two ancient Nintendo sets going as well, so we can shoot ducks while nursing Tsing Tao. GM Dani Vachon tells me that there will be unorthodox comedic improv on Wednesdays from 9pm until 11pm, and then live sets of genre-bending jams Thursday through Saturday from 10pm until midnight (on weekends they’re staying open until 2am). The space has got some vivid character and there plenty of things to look at in the interactive sense, like one of a kind menu covers and little “icebreakers” coasters (basically just pieces of paper with arbitrary questions like “Where is the next place that you will go traveling?”). The drinks list looks alright, too. They have plenty of beer, and very little of it is boring. The bar is the centerpiece, and tender Jonathan James (who helped to launch Mis Trucos) is at the wood in what I heard was a mandatory uniform of hat and suspenders. The name reminds me mightily of New York’s Death & Co., but what beats being an accessory to theft in the pursuit of a good time? It looks worth peeking your head in for sure, if only for a pint and some Scattergories. Your move.










3 Responses to “Underground Bar “Guilt & Co.” Opens In The Belly Of Gastown”

  1. Gerry on April 15th, 2010 2:00 am

    Congrats! Looks like a great new haunt! Love the games, the coasters, and the Polaroid garnish. Great looking cocktail list. Wow….”Fun”….it’s been missing! Cheers!

  2. Jordan Stewart on April 19th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for the writeup! We think that we’ve added a unique new space to the already amazing landscape that is the Gastown hospitality scene; we hope that people like it!

    The stage programming is new-in-format and will be a constant work in progress, the room itself was begging for this refit and has been on the drawing board for four years, and we’re lucky to have started with a staff (especially GM Dani) as wicked as we have.

    I think it’ll be a great ride!

    Thanks again,


    PS. The name has been in my stable for a loooong time and holds a significant amount of meaning to me. An accessory to theft I am not.

  3. Scout Magazine on April 19th, 2010 10:25 pm

    Thanks for reading Jordan, and congratulations on the new opening. Just to clarify, the “accessory to theft” line was in reference to us, your customers, and not you guys. Hope you didn’t take it as an untoward comment. I think “theft”, in the concept/branding sense of the word, is more common in restaurants than it is in advertising, and is not all that frowned upon. Stoked for you and yours.