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.