Sean Heather To Open “Bitter” Joint On The Downtown Eastside

Sean Heather and Scott Hawthorn, partners at Salt Tasting Room and Judas Goat, are joining forces for a third time to open a new joint called Bitter. “It’s an extension of Salt, really” says Heather, “only its a beer format instead of wine”. Beers will be had in all guises and sizes, from tiny tasters to pitchers, while the food will see fresh pretzels, weisswurst, smoked sausage, house sauerkraut, currywurst, whole smoked ham hocks, pickled onions, scotch eggs, pork pies, and more. Bitter will land on the main floor of the oddly-shaped (flat-iron-ish) building at 18 West Hastings opposite Pigeon Park, and will sport some 140 seats, two entrances (one from the street and one from the back alley), a patio in Center A’s parking lot, a 20ft diameter circular bar and finishing kitchen around which diners will sit and be served, and my favourite thing of all..a neon sign flashing the word “BITTER”.

We’ll be giving you the first look very soon, probably tomorrow after we launch the new version of the site. Until then, dream a little dream of pork hock and ales…


13 Responses to “Sean Heather To Open “Bitter” Joint On The Downtown Eastside”

  1. giselle on January 20th, 2011 3:18 pm

    scotch eggs!!

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  3. Geoffro on January 20th, 2011 3:42 pm

    Sean Heather for Mayor.

  4. Scout Magazine on January 20th, 2011 3:49 pm


  5. Paul D on January 20th, 2011 5:00 pm

    I’m a Mayor Quimby man myself.

  6. George Baugh on January 20th, 2011 7:55 pm

    Squiff Neblo or go home.

  7. Adam on January 20th, 2011 9:36 pm

    Scotch eggs and pork pies! whoooooop! this is awesome news.

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  9. Snuffaluffagus on March 8th, 2011 10:58 am

    How do I get in on the opening?

  10. Adam O'Neill on July 4th, 2011 3:28 pm

    Any word if this is still a go, or an opening date?

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  12. jeff on October 27th, 2011 2:39 pm

    when when when

  13. Scout Magazine on October 27th, 2011 2:57 pm

    We should have an update for you soon (with pics of the nearly finished room, I hope)