We love a good collab, especially when it combines local beer and Canadian art.
The “Big Raven” Lager and “Red Cedar” IPA were brewed with the eponymous paintings by Canadian artist Emily Carr in mind, served in special beer glasses with engravings that reflect the Expressionistic works. The collab merges much of what the VAG, 1931, and Howe Sound have in common: an emphasis on West Coast living, craft, and art.
The imagery in Emily Carr’s work is iconically West Coast, often featuring the British Columbia landscape and her personal connection to the coastal rainforest. The VAG houses some of the finest Carr creations in the world — and is currently exhibiting her work alongside her female contemporaries, on until December — making its 1931 Gallery Bistro the perfect fit for the beer collab, the first of its kind for the bistro.
Named after the year of the building’s founding, 1931 Gallery Bistro is the VAG’s new dining experience. With a recently renovated 120-seat outdoor patio area overlooking Robson Square and the Law Courts across the way, as well as a roomy and vibrant interior dining space, the restaurant is one of the city’s best-kept secrets.
The menu is shaped by the cultural landscape of Vancouver, the West Coast, and the people who inhabit the land here. Think coffee-braised beef short rib, Kampachi sashimi, and Fraser Valley duck, in addition to vegan and gluten-free options.
Though the menu changes occasionally based on the season, a few things can always be expected at 1931, including impeccable seafood dishes. The restaurant is open for walk-ins, but diners are encouraged to make reservations online, especially if they have a preference for a time slot and if they’d prefer to dine inside or outside.
The restaurant cooks up dinner every night of the week; they also serve brunch daily until 3 pm, with offerings varying from Peking duck eggs Benedict to delectable gluten-free banana bread French toast.
We also highly recommend stopping by for their happy hour, daily between 4 pm and 6 pm, and grabbing a pint of the limited edition Howe Sound collaboration beer and some nibbles, like the miso cauliflower bites or foie gras potato croquettes.
Or, for a quintessential West Coast experience, go for a glass of house white wine and Ocean Wise buck-a-shuck oysters, served with a jalapeño mignonette. Be sure to take a seat on the patio, where the view of the city as the day fades away into the night is equally as inspiring as the artwork. It’ll remind you of why you love it here.
The 1931 Gallery Bistro will have a partially covered and heated patio for dining all through the fall and winter. Renew your VAG membership, check out the latest exhibitions, and make a reservation at the restaurant for a post-gallery experience that is distinctly Vancouver.