Beer, sushi, and a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling — downtown Vancouver’s food and drink scene just got a bit more personality.
Donnelly Group has converted the space formerly home to Elephant & Castle in the 90-year-old Marine Building on the corner of Burrard and West Hastings into an eclectic multi-concept tavern: Brass Fish Tavern. The new spot will feature a diverse food and drink menu — and a seriously impressive happy hour from 3 to 7 pm!
You can expect to see a roster of live loopers and local DJs (some of whom you’ll recognize from The Railway Stage & Beer Cafe and Blackbird Public House) performing during happy hour from Monday to Friday.
Designer Ricky Alvarez brings his signature offbeat to the space, playing on the marine heritage of the iconic Art Deco building with a full-sized whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling and gorgeous plant life throughout.
“The chance to return to a food and beverage location and continually have new experiences is what excites us about this idea,” says Harrison Stoker, Vice President of Brand at Donnelly Group.
“We chose to semi-define three spaces inside of Brass Fish after seeing how well a similar concept worked at our latest Toronto project on Bay and Wellington, named Walrus. There we have a pub, martini bar, barbershop, and ping pong bar — here we have a tavern, mezzanine lounge, and izakaya.”
Chef Kevin Wong heads the izakaya, drawing on his experience including a stage at Tokyo’s 2-Michelin-Star restaurant INUA, to create a menu of unique rolls and small plates. Think uni toast served on black bread and topped with serrano pepper or torched scallops with truffle butter and yuzu.
There’s also a menu of pub favourites compiled by chef Clement Chan, formerly of Torafuku and Le Tigre food truck. Snacks like fried chicken with Korean hot sauce or charred shishito peppers with miso and pine support a list of sandwiches, salads, mains, and desserts to round out the food offerings at the Financial District’s new lunch and dinner spot.
And true to the Group’s signature pub vibe, much consideration has also been paid to the drinks program. In addition to a list of 24 mostly local draft taps and selection of BC (and beyond) wines, Brass Fish’s cocktail menu includes updated classics and a list of “elevated highballs.”
“If you’re thinking vodka-soda-lime-wedge, you aren’t on the right track,” says Trevor Kallies, Bar and Beverage Director at Donnelly Group. “From a shiso-infused Japanese whisky and soda to a passionfruit twist on a Paloma, the cocktails will change semi-seasonally as new, fresh ingredients become available.”
Some of said seasonal cocktails will find their way to the happy hour menu, which will also include select snacks, draft beers and even Perrier-Jouet Champagne by the bottle.
Brass Fish Tavern, open for lunch ‘til late, is now welcoming its first guests, with live music from 5 to 9 pm on weeknights. Pull up a chair and check out the city’s newest spot!
Address: 385 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336 9167