Despite what some may consider to be a daunting address in the heart of the Downtown Eastside, The Patricia Hotel maintains a super clean lobby, a great pub (awesome for Canucks games) and an in-house brewery that’s totally worth a visit. Run by the Nelson family since 1983, the hotel provides weary travellers with budget accommodations (no-frills rooms go for $40 at the low end unto a maximum of $125 for a Superior Room in peak summer season). Back in 2011 after the Yale shuttered, they started hearing through the grapevine that many of the city’s jazz musicians were looking for a new home. Since the hotel’s pub was historically a jazz hotspot, they jumped at the chance to bring this scene back. Today, the hotel hosts a number of jazz nights, from casual jams to full blown gigs.”Pat’s”, as it’s affectionately known, is celebrating it’s 100th birthday this year, so raise a glass to it the next time you pay a visit.
The Drink | As mentioned, Pat’s brews it’s own beer and it’s pretty darn good. Pat’s Classic Lager is all natural, preservative-free and fairly priced. Taste it with a sample glass for $2, grab a grown-up glass for $2.50, tuck into a sleeve $4, order a proper pint for $5, or fully commit with a $13 pitcher.
Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse | 403 E. Hastings Street | WEBSITE
We’ve invited the iconic Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse (ahem, the nearest pub to our office) to join our GOODS section as a recommended local joint. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome, curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support, and for making Vancouver a more entertaining place to live.
Daryl Nelsen – General Manager
Brett Bauer – Operations Manager
Lindsay Nelsen – Marketing Manager
Nestled on the edge of downtown Vancouver, Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse is located in the heart of the city’s oldest neighbourhood, Strathcona. Established in 1914 inside the Patricia Hotel and originally known as The Patricia Café, Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse is rich with history. Known in the early 20th century as one of the city’s music hotspots, The Patricia Café hosted many of the most influential entertainers of the time. Jazz greats like Ferdinand ‘Jelly Roll’ Morton, Aruthur Daniels, Oscar Holden, Ada ‘Bricktop’ Smith, Leo Bailey, Ralph Love, Billy Hoy, and Lillian Rose helped change the face of modern jazz right here on the corner of Hastings and Dunlevy. A watering hole like no other, The Patricia Café was a second home to the city’s working class and wealthy alike, where libations, camaraderie and lively conversation could be shared by all. Soldiering on through the Great Depression, two World Wars and the changing landscape of downtown Vancouver, Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse has been a local institution and welcome reprieve from the outside world for nearly a century.
Today Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse stays true to its roots as a lively community gathering place. Having become re-established as one of the city’s premiere music venues, Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse hosts free, live blues, jazz and piano throughout the week and various rock shows on most Friday and Saturday nights. With lovingly restored original hardwood floors, fir pillars and exposed brick, Pat’s Pub & BrewHouse offers a cozy, historic, lounge atmosphere with a wide selection of world-class, but locally-sourced microbrews, wine, cocktails and deliciously unpretentious fare.
Out back of the Patricia Hotel on the DTES and in the midst of yesterday’s Canucks/Hawks 2nd Period haze of cement-heavy angst and dread-laden trepidation (and plenty of weed smoke), a stunning double rainbow appeared and was instantly appreciated as a fortuitous omen. And it was so…