First Look – 12 Kings Pub

Ah The Biltmore Hotel… It has been many things over the years. It currently serves as a social housing facility and is home to the Biltmore Cabaret and its newest tenant, 12 Kings Pub. 12 Kings is the love child of a bunch of Craft Beer fans who wanted to watch sports in a pub that had their favourite local breweries on tap. I remember drinking at The Locker Room, the bar that lived here prior to 12 Kings, while I was building the elevators across the street back in 2007. That place was a dump. After the Whitecaps disappointing home opener I headed over to 12 Kings to drown my sorrows.

12 Kings Pub
12 Kings Pub

The beer list is exactly what you would expect from a place run by former CAMRA Vancouver executives. They have 12 constantly changing taps pouring all things local and delicious. The also have 311 Helles Lager and a shot of Jameson on special from time to time if you like to walk in wobbly lines back to the Skytrain, at least that’s how I remember it.

The Hammer Burger
The Hammer Burger

To counteract the copious amounts of alcohol it takes to forget a loss to TFC I ordered The Hammer Burger. Nice house made patty, bacon, smoked Gouda, crispy onions, drunken mushrooms (whatever that means?) and the usual fixings. I don’t know what I was expecting from the food at 12 Kings but this was a tasty burger. It really surprised me to be honest. Yes, those are tater tots on the side, I highly recommend them. The only complaint I had was that the crispy onions were a little chewy and didn’t seem fresh.

The renovations have erased all signs of The Locker Room. The place is almost unrecognisable, in a good way.

12 Kings runs a shuttle bus to and from BC Place on Whitecaps game days, they offer a Southsiders discount, and they show all of the Whitecaps away games as well as Canucks, Lions, and whatever other sport you’re into.

Well done boys, you’ve found exactly what Vancouver was missing.

Twitter – @12KingsPub

Facebook – 12 Kings Pub

Web – 12kingspub.com

Scott.

 

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Abigail’s Party enters the “Brotherhood of Bacon”

I’ve been to and blogged about Abigail’s Party in Kits before but they get a super special second post. Why you ask? Because there isn’t a better “great food vs. everyday budget” restaurant in the city and because it’s my blog and I can post whatever I want. Also my last post had absolutely terrible pictures due to an inferior phone…

Thankfully I have emerged from the dark ages and just in time to add Abigail’s Party to the list of “Brotherhood of Bacon” approved eateries. The dish in question is their Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf with house made “tater tots” a nice squash puree and green beans. The meatloaf is amazing, dense, rich, well seasoned and of course wrapped in the world most amazing meat product, smoky salty delicious bacon. The Brotherhood of Bacon, aka Dennis Pang and I, approve this dish. Also anyone else who wants to be in the brotherhood just let us know, we welcome all bacon lovers. The tater tots are great too!

Now what would be the perfect side for this meaty journey to flavor town? Why Mac and Cheese of course! This is the mac and cheese you wish you could make, aged cheddar being the key to it’s sharp, rich goodness. So there you have it, bacon, cheese, tater tots, meat loaf and all done to perfection. Abigail’s Party is the real deal, amazing food, great atmosphere, wonderful service and nothing on the menu over $21… Other restaurants, feel free to take notes. The Steak Frites are out of this world as is their burger.  Head down to 1685 Yew St. and see for yourself.

Scott.