Vancouver’s Best Bartenders Let Loose With Beer And Booze


Yesterday, local bartenders were asked to craft cocktails incorporating beers from Whistler Brewing Company in a timed competition. Held at The Refinery, the showdown included efforts from fifteen barkeeps in all, which meant my palate was in for something of a rude ride for over three hours (I was judging). Much fun was had, and some of the drinks were very impressive. Here’s what it looked like from my end, a recap of who made what with which ingredient and how it looked through a blender of tasting notes and photos. Thirsty? Giddy-up… Read more

The Refinery Makes It Official

Scout member The Refinery “officially” opens on Granville. We have some video dating back to their soft opening here, plus some photos below.


From the press release:

December 3, 2008 – Vancouver, BC – Ryan Newman, Raymond Staniscia and Peter Raptis are pleased to announce the opening of The Refinery at 1115 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC.

The Refinery is a Charcuterie based, market fresh style eatery and wine bar and downtown Granville Street’s newest and most exciting restaurant.

Concentrating on artisan cured meats, pates, terrines, cheeses, seafood dishes and sharing platters, Chef Michael Carter also bows to business partners Ray and Peter’s European backgrounds with antipasto and tapas plates. A revolving selection of warm items are seasonal and market driven.

Behind the bar a large selection of wine by the glass, champagne and bubble by the bottle and classic and original cocktails are offered along with boutique bottled beers. With a goal toward maintaining a sustainable friendly wine list with regional products and organic selections The Refinery partners plan on keeping the wine list selection at least fifty percent British Columbian.

The interior of The Refinery is a surprise in many ways. First, this second floor room is environmentally current. Designed by Marilou Rudakewich and May Cheng of the award winning M Studio, a well respected name in the environmental design field whose previous work includes Hapa Izakaya, Paramount Earl’s Restaurant, the Mountain Club in Whistler, who have created a comfortably unique room.

Built with some of the highest green standards available, from reclaimed wood to energy efficient lighting, the room is environmentally low impact while high impact describes the design.  Non-toxic building supplies were used from adhesives to paint; incoming water is all filtered and recycling needs were built into the kitchen design. The room feels welcoming, the design fresh and warm and the environmental standards apparent in the fresh air and slightly woody fragrance. The soft tread of cork floors and wood ceiling all lesson the ambient noise of a busy working restaurant and art work is both thoughtful and playful (look for some familiar faces in the black and white wallpaper along the south wall).

For Ryan Newman, Raymond Staniscia and Peter Raptis, who also own SIP resto-lounge, The Refinery is a departure both from what the partners have done in the past, and for Granville Street itself, being part of this emerging neighbourhood has given the partners a new desire to appeal to people who live and work in the area, not just for those who visit.

With the street redesign project started, Granville Street may very well become one of the most beautiful and entertaining streets in all of Canada.  A true dining and entertainment destination spot with a world class feel.

To view The Refinery’s Scout page, click here.

First Look At The Refinery

November 13, 2008 

Paid a very brief visit to The Refinery tonight, the new project from the Sip Resto Lounge folks (and right next door at 1115 Granville). The soft launch appears to be underway. We would have stayed, but we’d already dined and were on our way to watch the hockey game.

From an email co-owner Peter Raptis sent me a while back, at least back when the working title of the project was MRKT (canned during development).

The room, designed with the environment in mind, has used sustainable materials, LED lighting and energy efficient equipment. Committing to a sustainable work environment, a dedicated bicycle storage area and public transit subsidy are examples of how they are trying to minimize their carbon footprint.

A food primary restaurant and wine bar with a 75-seat capacity will house Granville Street’s only fresh, market-style restaurant. Chef Michael Carter takes pride in introducing elements of charcuterie, cheese culture, cured seafood, fresh breads, antipasti and all things MRKT fresh to the Granville scene. Remaining a step ahead of the competition through exemplary service, great value and the creation of a unique high quality dishes paired with amazing wines and beers from British Columbia and around the world. To commit to the establishment of a sustainable environment MRKT will maintain a majority of local high quality products whenever possible.

We expect our guests to share. Share food, drink and celebrations but more importantly ideas, stories and laughs. A traditional, yet unique, menu and atmosphere will create a sense of ‘belonging’ for locals and tourists alike. At MRKT we are providing an environment that allows our guests to feel carefree and full of life. Giving people the sense gathering in a small village in Europe, while being in their own backyard.

It is the best way to spend time avec amis.

Notable dishes:
Ahi Tuna Confit- roasted bell peppers, Macedonian feta and arugula.
Smoked duck breast – maple roast squash and orange dressing
Goat Cheese brule – roasted baby beets, port glaze, crispy sage
Slow baked Mission figs – crumbled stilton and verjus reduction

Menu prices:
Tasting Plates $5-$30

1115 Granville Street
Downtown Vancouver Entertainment District
Hours 4pm till 12am seven days a week, full tasting menu till 12am
MRKT is a proud Ocean wise partner

Not exactly sure how much of that is still relevant. Perhaps Peter, if you’re reading this, you can fill us in.

Sip To Open “The Refinery” on Granville

September 11, 2008 

The folks behind Granville’s Sip Resto Lounge have taken over the space upstairs (formerly The Sugar Refinery). The project, at 1115 Granville, was first dubbed MRKT, but with the coming of Jean George’s Market in the Shangri-La they wisely rebranded to avoid confusion. The new name is The Refinery. The design job is by by M-Studio, the same company that did the new Hapa Izakaya in Kits and Earls Paramount. The plan is to launch “a new world eatery” with an old world feel. Oceanwise, et cetera. Construction is well underway with a late October opening forcasted.