DINER | Gastown’s Irish Heather Welcomes Back Families With Changes To Liquor Laws

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The Irish Heather is one of the first liquor primary venues in BC to receive approval today for their application to the liquor board allowing minors to dine with their families in the popular Irish pub.

The Irish Heather is thrilled to welcome back families. Owner Sean Heather recalls how for the first 10 years of the Irish Heathers life, it’s original license allowed families. A switch to a liquor primary license coupled with a move to a new location 7 years ago made it impossible to entertain families.

“When we originally opened the Irish Heather with a restaurant license, we used to have regulars bring their kids and incredibly popular Sunday lunches for families. It was overall a completely different daytime environment, similar to what you would find in Ireland. Since operating with a liquor primary license, we have had to turn away countless disappointed customers hoping to dine with their kids over the years” says Sean Heather.

The Irish Heather will be launching a new kids menu next week, and plans to offer incentives to boost family business. Kids under 10 years old will eat for free from 11:30am to 7:00pm, along with plans to bring back the popular family Sunday lunches. Read more

GOODS | Heather Hospitality Group Joins (RED) In Fight Against AIDS Through June

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Heather Hospitality Group join’s (RED), Mario Batali, Pat LaFrieda, and the biggest names in food to fight AIDS this June. At Salt Tasting Room, proceeds from each glass of Rose sold will be donated to (RED), and at the Irish Heather proceeds from every pint of Guinness will be donated to (RED) during June 1-10, 2014. Other participating Vancouver restaurants include: Bestie, The Parker, Save on Meats, Pidgin, Culver City Salads, Chambar, Nelson the Seagull and Tacofino. Learn more after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Big Long Table Feasts Over Easter Weekend At “The Irish Heather” In Gastown

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather is located at 210 Carrall St. in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | www.irishheather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Join in the festivities this Easter Weekend with a sumptuous feast at the Irish Heather on Sunday April 20th and Monday April 21st. In true Long Table style, guests will gather round a communal table for an evening of good food, fine drink and much merriment, all at an unbeatable price.

The Long Table Series was originally designed as an alternative dining option when the recession was hitting hard and hindering folks from enjoying a night out. It has endured as a popular weekly event because it remains a unique and affordable experience that brings together all those who share a common love of food and good company.

This festive gathering marks the launch of the new Long Table Series menu for the season, and guests this weekend will enjoy what will become the Sunday special; Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roasting Jus and Roast Potatoes, all washed down with a crisp pint of Grimbergen. Bring family and friends, or come to meet some friendly faces over a hearty home-cooked meal. At only $17 including the artisan beer, it’s hard to find an experience around town better suited for this holiday weekend. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS | Gastown’s “Irish Heather” Gets Ready For Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | 2014 will mark the 18th celebration of Ireland’s patron saint since The Irish Heather opened on March 14, 1997. Over the years they’ve had some crazy, out of control St. Patrick’s Days packed to the rafters with locals and whoever famous happened to be in town (from U2 to Sean Penn and everybody in-between). Being the only Irish-owned establishment in Vancouver means that they’re in high demand. The distinct absence of green beer helps, too! Get all of the details about this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations from owner Sean Heather after the jump… Read more

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Gastown, so named after one of its unofficial founders, “Gassy Jack” Deighton, occupies the western stretch of the Downtown Eastside. According to our read of the landscape, its the area between Columbia (east), Cambie/Homer (West), Hastings (North), and Water (South), save for the 300 block Carrall and the blocks of Hastings east of Abbott, which we classify as being part of the Downtown Eastside’s core. It has come a long way since its day as the Township of Granville and the great conflagration of 1886 (which burned most of it to the ground), ebbing and flowing over the decades as a hard-edged entertainment nexus where much of the rest of Vancouver feared to tread.

Over the last ten years, however, Gastown’s slice of the city’s zeitgeist was fattened by a large number of interesting, independent, and cocktail-forward eateries launched by a new generation of young restaurateurs. It also saw a new wave of higher end retail shops and fashionable boutiques open during this same time frame, not to mention the arrival of new lofts, condominiums, and the new Woodwards building. All of these new developments have transformed/gentrified the neighbourhood, some argue for the better and others for the worse. Doubtless it’s become something of an “it” destination, similar to Yaletown in the early 2000′s, which is to say it’s quite possibly cursed with a future full of stretched SUV limousines, shitty chain restaurants, and people who want to fight for no good reason at all.

History and angst aside, it’s no longer easy to get a table as a walk-in on a Friday night, so if you’re headed this way (and you really should), be sure to make at least the roughest of game plans.

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Standard post-1886 fire brick red/brown; stained copper green barrel base of the Gassy Jack statue; soft, spherical yellow streetlights at night; Blood Alley beer piss; broken fake cobblestone grey; ubiquitous Corbel Commercial Real Estate “For Lease” sign blue; Juice Truck pink; Guinness brown; green summer leaves of Maple Tree Square; the new “W” sign atop the Woodwards development; Meat & Bread house mustard yellow; cigarette filter brown.

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GOOD GRAFFITI AND WHEAT PASTE/STENCIL ART
FOOTBALL MIKE KEEPING THINGS IN ORDER
THE OLD FIREPLACES OF “THE NEW FRISCO HOTEL”
A RESTAURATEUR HAPPY HE NEVER JOINED THE FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION
ALEX “RHEK” USOW CREATING INTERESTING THINGS
AN ANCIENT, UNUSED BAR HIDDEN IN A HOTEL BASEMENT
OLD SCHOOL POWELL PERALTA SKATE SHIRTS
DESIGN MASTERPIECES AT INFORM INTERIORS
THE STENCH OF STALE URINE AT THE EASTERN ENTRANCE OF BLOOD ALLEY
A PARADISE FOR SHOE FETISHISTS
SOME VERY PRETTY AXES

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THE FULL BRUNCH SPREAD AT WILDEBEEST
MAPLE BACON CHOCOLATE BAR AT MEAT & BREAD
BRUSSELS SPROUTS & PORK BELLY AT POURHOUSE
SUMMERTIME PATIO PINTS AT CHILL WINSTON
A MINT JULEP AT THE DIAMOND
THE FONDANT POTATOES AND AN AVIATION COCKTAIL AT L’ABATTOIR
A CUP OF COFFEE AT REVOLVER
PIZZA AT NICLI
BEEF & PORK ALBONDIGAS AT THE SARDINE CAN
FRESHLY MADE CHOCOLATE AT EAST VAN ROASTERS
GARLIC BUTTER & PARMESAN POPCORN AT SIX ACRES
WILD SOCKEYE NIGIRI AT SEA MONSTR SUSHI
AN H-MADE COCKTAIL AT NOTTURNO
A PINT OF THE DARK AT THE IRISH HEATHER

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- The triangular Hotel Europe on Powell Street was Vancouver’s first reinforced concrete structure and the first fireproof hotel in Western Canada.

- In 1971, police arrested 79 people in Maple Tree Square after a protest against drug laws and raids escalated into a bloody brawl between protestors and armed police. This is known as the Gastown Riot.

- Blood Alley’s nomenclature is not so spooky: the alley is actually named Trounce Alley, and the connected “Blood Alley Square” was named by a city planner in the 1970s as part of a project to revitalize and draw attention to the area.

- In 1869, Vancouver’s first jail was built in the Township of Granville (informally known as Gastown). It consisted of two cells constructed of logs, and later was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1886.

- The Boulder Hotel at 1 West Cordova (the original Boneta location, RIP) was once the central point of the Granville Township in the 1890′s, and features stones mined from Queen Elizabeth Park.

- The massive 1972 street “renovation” of Gastown was noted as being the first time in North America that perfectly good roads were torn up to be rebuilt in the old style.

- The “historic” steam clock, an iconic Gastown landmark, was actually built in 1977 and features three electric motors.

- Chef/Restaurateur John Bishop got his start cooking in Gastown in the 1970′s.

- The NABOB Coffee Company was founded in Gastown in 1896, in what is now The Landing (home to the Steamworks Brewing Company).

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GOODS | Gastown’s “Irish Heather” To Host Special Whisky Supper On September 18th

September 6, 2013 

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s Irish Heather Gastropub will be hosting a special whisky supper in the Heather/Shebeen on Wednesday, September 18th. The evening begins at 7pm with a toast to Whyte & MacKay special blend (used in a cocktail), continues with a flight of Jura (10 year old, Elixir, Superstition, Prophecy), and then flows through roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, gravy, Lyonnaise potatoes, honey roasted root vegetables, sticky toffee pudding, and a surprise whisky to close. The cost is $40 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Email reso [at] irishheather.com to reserve.

GOODS | “The Irish Heather” Needs You To Help Pit Peaches (In Exchange For Supper)

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Peach season has arrived in the Okanagan Valley—and, here in Vancouver, Heather Hospitality Group (HHG) is ready to celebrate this incredible bounty. On Wednesday, August 14th, Pit for Your Supper will see 50 volunteers don aprons, roll up their sleeves and dive into pitting 1,500 pounds of fresh Okanagan peaches. After the last peach has been pitted, these volunteers will feast on a delicious meal, sip on local artisan beer and rub elbows with new friends.

Following the success of last year’s Pit for Your Supper events—which saw the pitting of Okanagan cherries, apricots, pears and apples—this year’s event highlights peaches. After they’ve been pitted, the peaches will be utilized in a number of food and beverage items at the group’s restaurants. In September, HHG will host Pit for Your Supper events featuring pears and apples (dates to be announced). To volunteer at this popular event and get on the list, e-mail reso [at] irishheather.com. Note that vegetarian and vegan meals may be requested ahead of time. Read more

GOODS | Irish Heather’s Long Table Series Set For Sunday Roasts & Meatless Mondays

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

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Vancouver, BC | What will you be bringing to the table this summer? Summer is in full swing and is being served up hot at the seasonal edition of The Irish Heather’s popular Long Table Series. Every Sunday and Monday night at 7:00pm, Gastown’s favourite gastropub hosts up to 50 people at their 40-foot long communal table, for a satisfying social dining experience with a seasonal twist. Every week brings new people to the table – tourists and locals alike. Don’t be shy; it’s time to take a seat and get cozy with your new neighbour!

Bringing together friends old and new, the Long Table Series was originally created as an alternative dining experience when the recession was biting hard and the unique ‘home away from home’ experience has endured at a great price. For only $16 (including an artisan beer), you get a hearty “Sunday Dinner” style meal that is sure to be Mom-approved.

The new lineup of LTS dinners will kick off Sunday August 11th with a delicious Sunday Roast: Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and Gravy. New to the Long Table Series is “Meatless Mondays”, part of a campaign supported through Vancouver’s food policy council that calls on people to forego meats one day per week. On Monday August 12th, the first LTS Meatless Monday will feature a vegetarian and vegan menu: White Bean and Mushroom Croquette with Red Pepper Coulis, Pickled Mushroom and Local Lettuce Salad.

Upcoming Long Table Series events include Sunday Roasts & Meatless Mondays on August 11, 12, 18 & 19. Stay tuned for some upcoming Pit for Your Supper events (peaches in August) and some Wild Card LTS events (think Whiskey & wine). The Irish Heather is located at 212 Carrall Street, Vancouver BC. Email reso [at] irishheather.com to reserve a spot at the table for only $16 per person (including an artisan beer) + taxes and gratuities. Visit itsmenu.blogspot.ca for more details and to view the full schedule. Read more

GOODS: New Ardbeg Limited Edition Whisky Ardbog Set To Be Unveiled At The Shebeen

The Shebeen is located in the rear of the Irish Heather  | 210 Carrall Street  | 604-688-9779 | www.IrishHeather.com

The Shebeen is located in the rear of the Irish Heather | 210 Carrall Street | 604-688-9779 | www.IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | This Sunday (June 2nd), Vancouver whisk(e)y lovers will gather at the Shebeen Whisk(e)y House in Gastown to celebrate Ardbeg Day. The next Ardbeg limited edition for 2013, “Ardbog”, will be unveiled, and the Shebeen will be inaugurated as the first “Ardbeg Embassy” in BC with an exclusive event from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The Shebeen is honoured to be selected to be the official Ardbeg Embassy for Vancouver, and would like to offer the opportunity for two lucky guests to be granted tickets to attend this special invite only event. To enter into a draw for the two tickets, send an e-mail to: reso@irishheather.com with the subject: Ardbeg. Read more

GOODS: “Irish Heather” Set To Host Two Very Special Whisk(e)y Suppers This Month

The Shebeen is located in the rear of the Irish Heather | 210 Carrall Street | 604-688-9779 | www.IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The Irish Heather Gastropub is hosting two very special evenings for whisk(e)y lovers this month in its Shebeen hideaway and on its Long Table. The first falls on the relative calm of St. Patrick’s Day Eve (March 16th), and will focus squarely on Jameson’s whiskies. The second goes down on the night of March 19th, and will feature the whiskies of Glenlivet. Both events will feature deep, lengthy whisk(e)y flights and include traditional suppers (roast beef, Yorkshires, for example), desserts. Get all the details for both events after the jump… Read more

GOODS: The Shebeen & Irish Heather To Host 3 Distilleries For “Long Table” Supper

January 14, 2013 

The Shebeen is located in the rear of the Irish Heather | 210 Carrall Street | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | On Tuesday January 22nd, join The Irish Heather for a special Three Distillery Long Table Series supper. Hosted by Master of Malts Iain McCallum of Morrison Bowemore, guests will experience a fantastic tasting of single malts from Bowmore, Glen Garioch and Auchentoshan Distilleries, paired perfectly with dishes crafted by Executive Chef Paul Haldane. Appointed Master of Malts in April 2011, Iain McCallum has a global educational role with Morrison Bowemore’s core brand portfolio, including the Auchentoshan,  Bowmore and Glen Garioch distilleries. In 2013 Iain was recognized for his services to the Scotch Whisky Industry, awarded Whisky Magazine’s Icons of Whisky Scotland, Scotch Whisky Ambassador of the year 2013. Hailed as “a new breed of ambassador”, Iain manages to mix a mastery of hard-core technical knowledge with a rare passion for the fun aspect of whisky. Details… Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s “Irish Heather” Points Its Long Table Series Toward Thanksgiving

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | Celebrate Thanksgiving this Sunday October 7th and Monday October 8th at the Irish Heather with a traditional turkey feast, as part of their popular Long Table Series. Located in the heart of historic Gastown, the Irish Heather stands out as a beacon of authenticity with beautiful exposed brick walls decorated with original Guinness posters from the 1950s. The Irish Heather Long Table Series brings together those who share a common love for food, and creates a comfortable and affordable dining experience. Gather close family and friends this Thanksgiving long weekend for a sumptuous feast, hand-crafted by Executive Chef Paul Haldane. For $18 (plus tax and gratuities) guests will enjoy sumptuous roast turkey with stuffing, Okanagan cherry relish, maple glazed sweet potatos and brussel sprouts, paired with the signature French import, Kronenbourg Blanc. Details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Irish Heather Gets Scottish With Treacle Stout And Innis & Gunn On Sept. 11

The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | There are very wonderful beers being brewed by Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn. The Irish Heather is one of the few in the city to feature them on tap. What makes Innis & Gunn so interesting is that their beer is aged in whiskey barrels, giving it a delicious flavor and beautiful color. When we learned that a pal who works for Innis & Gunn in Edinburgh was coming here on vacation we jumped at the chance to have her host one of the Long Table Series dinners. On Tuesday, the 11th September, our friend Leila Arfa will introduce you to a special 2 course Innis & Gunn LTS. In addition to a pint of the classic Innis & Gunn poured at the Heather, Leila has brought a real treat: “Treacle Porter” - for the first time in Canada (not yet available for sale). Menu and details after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s Irish Heather, Judas Goat, Salt & Bitter Partner With SOLEfood

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The Irish Heather Gastropub is located at 210 Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown | 604-688-9779 | IrishHeather.com

The GOODS from The Irish Heather

Vancouver, BC | The Heather Hospitality Group has formed a partnership with SOLEfood and now have a SOLEfood Salad at every one of HHG’s restaurants, including The Irish Heather Gastropub, Judas Goat Taberna, Salt Tasting Room and Bitter. The delicious salad combines heirloom tomatoes, SOLEfood greens and radishes, Rabbit River Farm hard-boiled egg, and dijon dressing for $8. HHG has committed to buying 25 lbs of mixed greens and sources fresh vegetables and produce from SOLEfood Farm every week. The greens are grown mere blocks away from where HHG operates, in a two-acre urban farm built in a parking lot on Pacific Boulevard. Read more

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