The Craft Beer Market Restaurant and Bar is an Alberta-based restaurant chain with a focus on local craft beer and soon-to be two Vancouver locations.
The pub-style restaurant at Olympic Village has been around for a number of years. The new location at English Bay is scheduled to open in the spring of 2021.
The Craft Beer Market
Launched in 2011 in Calgary, Alberta, the Craft Beer Market is a trendy casual dining establishment. Their restaurants focus on local craft beers and they serve a variety of pub-type foods.
While the chain is originally from Alberta, they also have locations in British Columbia and Ontario. In Vancouver there is the Craft Beer Market location at Olympic Village and a second is opening soon at English Bay Beach. They also have a couple of places in Calgary and one each in Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto and Kelowna (in BC’s interior).
Locations & Hours
The chain’s main restaurant in Vancouver is in Olympic Village at 85 West 1st Avenue. It’s on the opposite side of the plaza from the Tap & Barrel Restaurant and a 4-minute walk from the Brewhall (both of which also specialize in craft beers). Opening hours at the Olympic Village location are from 11 am until 11 pm Monday through Sunday.
The chain’s Olympic Village restaurant is in the Domtar Salt Building which is a heritage building from the early 1930s. It’s an impressive venue and makes a great beer hall.
Scheduled to open sometime in 2021, the Craft Beer Market’s newest location is in English Bay. The building there was previously occupied by the Boathouse Restaurant until 2018. The new restaurant’s address is 1795 Beach Avenue. It’s across the street from the Cactus Club Cafe and it overlooks the waterfront.
Craft Beer Market Menu
Food offerings at the Craft Beer Market Restaurant & Bar include traditional pub-style dishes. Expect to see appetizers such as chicken wings and nachos, and meals like pizzas, burgers, tacos and mac and cheese. The place even has a separate menu section just for their fries!
Craft Beer and Other Drinks
With its focus on local craft beer, it’s no surprise that the Craft Beer Market serves a large variety of brews. The Olympic Village location has 140 taps and the English Bay location promises to be comparable (or maybe even better).
In addition to its extensive collection of beers, the restaurant also offers a selection of other drinks. Folk can choose from cider, wine, cocktails or non-alcoholic beverages like soda. Craft beer, however, is their specialty.
Happy Hour at the Craft Beer Market
Happy Hour at the restaurants happens every day of the week. It runs from Monday to Saturday between 2 pm and 5 pm and then from 9 pm to close. It also happens all day on Sundays (or at least that was the case the last time we checked).
The Happy Hour menu includes discounts on food and beer plus daily specials on various items. Food on the Happy Hour menu ranges in price from around $4 up to $15. Drink specials are typically around $4 to $6, but sometimes more.
To learn more about the restaurants visit the Craft Beer Market website.
Other similar venues in Vancouver include the Tap & Barrel and Brewhall (both of which have locations at Olympic Village). The Brewhall and Tap & Barrel’s Shipyards location in North Vancouver are beer hall-style venues, so similar to the theme and appearance of the Craft Beer Market’s Olympic Village location. The Tap & Barrel’s Olympic Village and Convention Centre locations, meanwhile, are more similar to what the Craft Beer Market’s English Bay location will probably be like.
Another great place near the Craft Beer Market’s Olympic Village location is Mahony & Sons at Stamps Landing. It’s a classy Irish-themed pub that’s right on the water and just a 15-minute walk away via the False Creek Seawall. The views from its patios are stunning! Mahony’s also often has live music on weekends.
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- Vancouver On A Budget
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- Festivals and Events Calendar
- Vancouver Night Clubs
- Vancouver on St. Patrick’s Day
- Lower Mainland Oktoberfest Events
- Vancouver Beers and Breweries