brew pub with good food
About 8-10 of us are getting together for a "non-stag" stag. The groom wants to have dinner at a brew pub or similar place with good food. Looking for something more interesting than your standard chain restaurant or Yaletown/Robson place. Suggestions for Vancouver/Burnaby/Richmond would be great. Thanks in advance.
Technically, the only brewpubs in Vancouver are Steamworks (food meh, beers meh but seasonals are good) and Yaletown Brewing (serviceable, casks are ok). Both places are more interesting than your usual chain but barely so.
Now, if you asked for "a place with good food and beer", your options would be more plentiful. :)
Alibi Room is noisy and has lots of energy. They also have the best beer selection in town. I think drinking downstairs would be good for your non-stag. Bitter isn't quite big enough for a group of 8-10 to sit together comfortably. Pourhouse is more about cocktails than beer but I hear the food is great.
Outside of downtown, my first choice would be Portland Craft on Main (good food and beer) and second St. Augustine's on Commercial near Broadway (convenient location, best beer outside of Alibi Room, food is just ok, bland sports bar feel).
There's quite a few places in Kits nowadays that do craft beer...Sunset Grill, etc. But I'm not too familiar with the neighborhood. Personally I'd choose the places mentioned above before venturing into Kits.
If you had to drink/eat in Richmond, the Pumphouse Pub is ok and Hog Shack is good if you HAVE to be in Steveston. Their bbq is almost good but they've got a small but great selection of beer on tap plus interesting bottles. If you're happy/wasted, you'd probably enjoy trying their Flatline Burger Challenge for shits and giggles.
At Portland Craft, I've enjoyed the burger, "Pig and Pots" pork belly dish, sumac potato chips, spiced hazelnuts, and their fried chicken (charmlingly called "Put a Bird on It"). They seriously need some sound-dampening on their walls/ceiling but it's a very fun and cool environment there without the haughtiness.