OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Pourhouse” On The Hunt For Full-Time Assistant Manager

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is looking for a full-time Assistant Manager. Previous Management experience is an asset, and a passion for food, cocktails and great customer service is mandatory. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Position offers salary and benefits. Please send resumes to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. Learn more after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Pourhouse” Is Looking For A F/T Manager & P/T Bartender

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is searching for an experienced full-time manager. Applicants must possess strong leadership skills and most importantly be passionate about food and cocktails. Evening and weekend availability is a must. Position offers salary and benefits. The restaurant is also looking for an experienced part-time bartender. If you are hard working, committed, great with people and have a passion for cocktails, apply now. Evening and weekend availability is a must. For both positions, please send resumes to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #504 | A Cool Thing Happened Five Years Ago Today In Gastown

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On July 9th, 2009, the restaurant community in Gastown was significantly smaller than it is now, but the amount of good will and camaraderie within was very high. To wit, during the construction of Pourhouse – five years ago today – young restaurant owners and staff from across the DTES gathered in the mess of the construction site to put the bar in place, together, and anoint it in ceremony as a family. We were lucky enough to catch it on video (above)… Read more

GOODS | Rhett Williams Stirring Colonial American “Shrub” Cocktails At Pourhouse

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Shrub: a popular summer drink in Colonial America made from a fruit and vinegar syrup, mixed with spirits. Rhett Williams, bar manager at Pourhouse, has developed a selection of shrubs that he’ll be using to create delicious and refreshing cocktails all summer.

Rhett’s expertise in cocktails and cocktail culture is far reaching, as can be seen on his blog – And One More for the Road. He’s fascinated by all things cocktail and wanted to familiarize the Vancouver market with a truly classic drink. Shrubs originated in the 1600’s in Colonial America as a way to preserve fruit. In later years, alcohol was added and a wonderful drink was born.

The shrub is simple to make, but quite time consuming – mix fruit with sugar and leave it overnight in the fridge to create syrup. Add vinegar (apple cider usually, but wine or balsamic works too) to dissolve the sugar and let sit for another day or two for the acidity to mellow. Mix the syrup with a spirit of your choice. Then add soda and ice to complete the delicious summer cocktail.

Rhett and the Pourhouse will be featuring seasonal Shrubs, with flavours changing weekly: strawberry and gin, white peach and bourbon, rhubarb and Akvavit, and bramble (blackberry and bourbon) just to name a few. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | “Pourhouse” Is Searching For An Experienced F/T Manager

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is searching for an experienced full-time manager. Applicants must possess strong leadership skills and, most importantly, must be passionate about food and cocktails. Evening and weekend availability is a must. All interested individuals are invited to send their resumes in confidence to info [at] pourhousevancouver.com. 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 “Pourhouse” Serving Up New Cocktails Made For Vancouver Winters

November 7, 2013 

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com [photo: C. Flett]

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com [photo: C. Flett]

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Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse has introduced a new cocktail menu for the chilly Winter months, featuring reintroduced classics and a few original creations. These include the Glasgow Kiss and the Absinthe Sour (both Pourhouse originals), as well as the Blood & Sand (a scotch-based cocktail introduced in 1922, named for Rudolph Valentino’s bullfighter movie Blood & Sand). The restaurant will also be featuring a Neighbourhood Negroni for $11 and a special wine feature each week. Come in from the cold and enjoy some soul warming food and a delicious classic cocktail! Get the recipes and details after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #899: Six Plates Of Hot Goodness At Gastown’s “Pourhouse”

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by Andrew Morrison | Ever since East Hastings’ Au Petit Chavignol shut down in April I’ve been looking for a really good burger. Theirs was Vancouver’s best, in my opinion, all gooey with fantastic Leerdammer cheese and really good double-smoked bacon. I’d recently heard tell from burger fiends around town that Gastown’s Pourhouse was rolling with a simple one that was hard to beat, and since I hadn’t eaten there in quite some time I took it for a test drive…

1. The burger was too basic and straightforward to exceed the Leerdammer legend’s awesomeness, but it was still excellent. The well-seasoned patty was shaped from a 50/50 mix of ground beef brisket and chuck. It’s cooked to a default medium and topped with aged white cheddar and (not enough) bacon. The bun – generously smeared with the house’s grainy mustard mayo – was toasted but pliable. Is there a better burger in Gastown? I don’t think so. If you know otherwise, please share. | $17

2. I love good bone marrow, and the stuff at Pourhouse is creamy, smooth and on the indulgent side of fatty. It didn’t spread too smoothly on the provided toast points, but the flavour was outstanding, especially when seasoned with the provided pile of Maldon, pickled radishes and shallots (I could have done with a finer chop of the leafy parsley). | $12

3. Macaroni and cheese is a hard thing to fuck up, but it’s harder still to elevate into something you’d ever want to order again. A good mix of cheese is essential. In this case they use Parmesan, Cheddar, and Gruyere. Bacon is always a welcome addition (more so than short rib). They also add breadcrumbs at Pourhouse, which lifts the texture up without negatively impacting the taste (at home, we use smashed up salt and vinegar potato chips — I know, it’s very classy). | $10

4. A contorni plate of brussel sprouts, pork belly and crispy onions dressed with pork jus, red wine vinegar, honey, and shallots. A steal at $4.

5. A big pork chop from Two Rivers with proper a spaetzle mixed with shitake mushrooms, brussel sprouts and soft lardons swimming in a meaty, mustardy sauce (love those grill marks!). I hadn’t had a good ol’ pork chop in years. It was heavy (look at the size of the thing!) but perfectly cooked. | $26

6. Simple and addictive pork croquettes served a la Blighty (with HP sauce). | $9

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | pourhousevancouver.com

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Andrew Morrison is the editor-in-chief of Scout and BC’s Senior Judge at the Canadian Culinary Championships. He contributes regularly to a wide range of publications, radio programs, and TV shows on local food, culture and travel. He live and works in the vibrant Strathcona neighbourhood, where he also collects inexpensive things and enjoys birds, skateboards, whisky, shoes, many songs, and the smell of wood fires.

GOODS: Live Blues From “Poor Boy Trio” This Father’s Day (Sunday) At Pourhouse

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Bring Dad to Pourhouse this Father’s Day for a special evening he’s sure to remember. Enjoy a wonderful meal and a classic cocktail (or two) to the sounds of the amazingly talented blues band, Poor Boy Trio. Join us in Gastown this Father’s Day – Sunday, June 16 (we host live music every Sunday from 7pm to 10pm). Reservations are recommended. Call us at 604-568-7022 to book. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: An Experienced Cook Is Required At Gastown’s Pourhouse

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Passionate about great food? Pourhouse in Gastown is looking to hire an experienced cook. Applicants must be eager to learn, have either two or more years of in-kitchen experience or have gone to culinary school and, most importantly, must be passionate about food. Applicants should send resumes to simon@pourhousevancouver.com. Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Gastown’s Popular “Pourhouse” On The Lookout For A Hostess

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Pourhouse is looking to fill a Hostess position to work evenings and weekends. All interested parties can forward their resume to resumes [at] pourhousevancouver.com or come on down and introduce themselves. Details about the restaurant after the jump… Read more

GOODS: Pourhouse Plating Special Dishes “For Two” In Celebration Of Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2013 

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the one you love at Pourhouse, enjoying one of our large dishes designed for two. Brought back by popular demand, the first dish is the Maple Hills Half Grilled Chicken for Two. Perfectly roasted Maple Hills chicken served with hearty black beluga lentils, Swiss chard and roasted seasonal vegetables. Pourhouse is also featuring a special grilled T-Bone steak served with a bourbon and peppercorn sauce and a side of frites with ketchup and house-made mayonnaise – designed for one but large enough for two. Finish your meal with a rustic Apple Tart, baked for two and served fresh out of the oven with our house-made vanilla ice cream. Read more

GOODS: “Pourhouse” To Do Two Seatings On NYE With Turn Of The Century Theme

December 27, 2012 

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water St. in Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | This New Year’s Eve take a trip back in time and celebrate at Pourhouse. There will be two seatings in the dining room – the first between 5pm and 6pm and the second between 8pm and 9pm. No reservations are necessary for the bar area – it will be open for walk-ins all evening. The regular menu will be served with one special addition – Pourhouse will be featuring a whole roasted Cornish Hen for 2, deboned and stuffed with house-made fennel sausage, and served with a vegetable mash and sautéed greens. A live jazz band will entertain throughout the evening and there will be a special prize for the most authentic turn-of-the-century costume. Read more

GOODS: Gastown’s “Pourhouse” Making Holiday Glogg & Flipping Eggnogs To Order

December 19, 2012 

Pourhouse is located at 162 Water Street in Gastown | Vancouver, BC | 604-568-7022 | www.pourhousevancouver.com

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Vancouver, BC | Visit Pourhouse over the holidays and experience the wonderful scent of old?fashioned holiday mulled wine and the decadence of rich creamy flips. Mulled wine dates back to the 17th Century and was, like many wonderful things, discovered by happenstance and experimentation. It was originally created to delay spoilage and improve the taste of stale wine, but, by the 18th Century, most cultures had developed traditions surrounding mulled wine and began to refine their recipes. For the holiday season, Pourhouse is featuring Glogg ? a Nordic style mulled wine consisting of red wine, port, brandy, orange, raisins, almonds and holiday spices. It’s served warm and fills your senses with cinnamon, cloves and citrus.

The Flip is a traditional libation, pre?dating the original cocktail. Its name originates from the creation process – a red?hot fire poker was inserted into a mixture of sugar, molasses, spices and rum causing the sugar to caramelize and the mixture to froth, or ‘flip’. The most well?known and popular flip is the traditional Egg Nog – made to order at Pourhouse using 8?year old Appleton Rum, a whole organic egg, heavy cream, raw sugar and a dash of grated nutmeg. Read more

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