Paddle of beer showing 8 different samples.

St. Augustine paddled us well with 8 different brews.

After much debate as to what beer bar would be our first in Vancouver, the website, reviews from locals, and a few other reasons tipped the scales towards St. Augustine’s.

The bar is located on a busy intersection in Vancouver, near a skytrain station and bus stops. This provides ample people watching.

The selection for beers is impressive, with a very good representation from Vancouver Island. Note that when we were there about 5 of the 40 taps were offline. They also have a TV that displays all the beers on tap and the amount left as a percentage. So you can see if you should really get on that beer you’re waffling over at 1% or if you have time to finish your burger first.

The food we ordered was good. Nicely plated, and the house salad was well above par with a vinaigrette, goats cheese, crispy fried onions and grapes. Prices were a little higher than you’d see at a chain restaurant but I feel that it makes up for this with the abundance flavor of the food and extensive beer selection.

The room itself is a large room with tables closely packed together. I would imagine on a busy night it could be hard to move in there. Along with this there is a patio that is wide enough for a table and two chairs, and is served from the sidewalk by the waitresses.

Overall I found this to be a worthwhile stop on our beer exploration of Vancouver, but bring lots of cash.

Beers sampled:

Crannog Village Idiot
Storm Brewing Berliner Weisse
Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale
North Coast Blue Star Wheat

Food Ordered:
Turkey Club with Salad

Price for above expect to pay around $30 after taxes and tip.

For more information see St. Augustine’s website
http://staugustinesvancouver.com/

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