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About The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

The Distillery Bar + Kitchen opened in the Spring of 2013 serving up straight forward Italian-American style dishes and boozy handcrafted cocktails. The menu was developed with an emphasis on sourcing local ingredients, taking the time to make products from scratch and being inspired by the way that ‘Mama used to make it’.

The restaurant hosts a long 30 person communal table ideal for large groups, family-style dining or getting to know your neighbour. Guests can also pull up a stool at the restaurant bar which looks on to the fully open kitchen for an interactive experience, or sit outside on the heated patio to people-watch with a bottle of wine and flavourful pasta.

You may reserve seats online for a maximum of six guests. Please note that due to the style of our restaurant service parties of 4 or more may be sat at a communal dining table. Cheers!

1131 Mainland Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2S2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Comfort Food

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 4:00pm- Late
Friday - Sunday: 10:00am - Late *Now Serving $10 Breakfast!

Cross Street:
Helmcken

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 669-2255

Website:
http://www.mjg.ca/

Public Transit:
Just steps away from the Canada Line, Roundhouse Station terminal with the skytrain running until 1am.

Executive Chef:
Darren Watson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The Distillery Bar + Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Bar Seating (7)
Casual (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
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Good for Groups (6)
Great for Brunch (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Happy Hour (5)
People Watching (5)
Romantic (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Fun (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great Beer (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Scenic View (1)
Cozy (1)
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food and drinks were great, but so many TVs! Fine if sports specials are on,but do we need a movie playing that you can’t hear anyway? Brunch was better for the whole experience there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went to the Distillery for brunch, and it was a fabulous experience. We tried the Bloodies with cucumber vodka and jalapeño vodka, had smashed meatball hash and bennies, and fell in love with the thick cut sliced bacon. This place is simultaneously elegant and casual, refined and comfortable. Not to mention affordable! We highly recommend!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome food! Great environment! Evryone really nice

Tags: Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Fun, Great Beer, Romantic
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is one of my favorite places whether it’s for brunch or dinner they do a fantastic job

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great server, lovely staff, awesome brunch pasta! Will be back

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food, atmosphere, service. Will definitely be back

Tags: Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

It's a great looking restaurant but the music was way too loud all night. Difficult to hear anyone.
The Puttanesca pasta dish had an insane amount of garlic in it and friends at the table commented that their pasta dishes also had too much garlic.
The bathrooms were awful and needed to be checked on and cleaned more often during the night.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Brunch here was not that great. The bottom-less mimosas were meh, and the food was oily and just okay.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 1, 2017

This was our first time enjoying brunch at The Distillery. They have a $10 menu, which has a good selection. Overall our dining experience was great and we look forward to coming back!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Wonderful as always. Great room. Great food. Great service. Rob and Masimo were attentive and fun. Who knew a Negroni Boulevarde could be that good. Or that a carnivore would enjoy a Pear Gorgonzola Fettuccine. No matter what, end your meal with the gelato drizzled with olive oil. Nicely done. See you again soon.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We had a male server, tall, with shorter grey/whitish hair. He was initially very polite and knew the menu and drink specials well.

Our food was brought to our table and I had almost finished my first mimosa when our server came to our table to check in. He stood completely behind me, facing my friend who was sitting on the bench seating on your patio, and then proceeded to place both of his hands on both of my shoulders. I immediately froze, as did my friend, and at that time tried not to freak out and cause a scene in your restaurant. My friend could tell that I was not okay with him touching me and that I had immediately changed my energy. She got up right away and spoke to your hostess who I am guessing asked another male server to attend to us as the initial server did not return.

I say this in a very respectful way - our initial server's mannerisms and loud tone did give us the idea that there may be a social interaction barrier. Regardless, we appreciated how polite he was and the quick service. But, touching a guest is clearly inappropriate and it immediately ruined my dining experience. As a woman, having a man place his hands anywhere on me without warning or asking is an easy way to heighten someone's anxiety level or bring fear. The situation could have went a lot worse if I was not able to control how I responded to him touching me.

I always schedule my brunch meeting with my close friends to network with them and new women at your restaurant. I cannot say if I will do that again in the future.

I have also emailed the restaurant a longer detailed message

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The ambiance is great! Ideal place to meeting a special friend.

They also have happy hour, which is a plus! Highly recommended!

Tags: Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Cozy, People Watching, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Yummy cocktails and tasty food. Had a lovely seat on the patio. The music got a little loud for conversation but otherwise really enjoyed our time.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was tasty, service was attentive, the ambience is good, the only thing is the potion of all dishes are tiny. For $25 a main course seems a bit too small portion. If the portion size is 50% larger it would be ideal.

P.s. The tipping jar in the washroom seems a bit too much for a casual dining restaurant.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 4, 2017

The food was delicious - some of the best Italian I've had. Although I felt it was a little pricey I really enjoyed my meal. The restaurant decor is cool, modern and I especially liked the washroom. I would eat here again if back in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Happy hour food and drinks on a Friday night were just what we needed! $5 highballs 3-6

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent Rissotto! Pasta is fresh tasting. Recommend the meatballs as a starter. Rosé is also fairly priced and matches up well on a hot night. Sitting outside preferred.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly
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 (London)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We enjoyed some exceptional cocktails at the Distillery Bar, including an innovative concoction called the Screaming Viking. Highly recommended!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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 (Puerto Vallarta)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Feels like a happening place in New York. Love the cool circular booths, nostalgic music of the crooners, attentive friendly server and the added touch of the maitre de.
Attentive to all our requests and super friendly place. Loved it!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great Beer, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great return visit to The Distillery, the perfect venue to catch up with an old friend. Our server was spot on, available & friendly but not intrusive, and the flat bread with figs hit the spot. Will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Tapas, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 24, 2017

This was a very pleasant place on a lively street with lots of options. Great place to br.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Food and service were OK. The best is the ambience.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Had a really nice brunch on the sunny patio. All the brunch options are $10... generous potion sizes... attentive and friendly service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Excellent brunch and service. Will come back again

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Came here with two girlfriends on a warm Saturday evening. We were looking for a patio to enjoy some cocktails and great food. We got this here, and our server who was originally from Brazil was brilliant. Great drink and food recommendations, she was attentive without being invasive. All in all, a fun night!!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Soup was awful. Way too salty no one can drink that.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Went for a weekend brunch - they have a $10 breakfast menu which is decent food for what you pay for, $3 mimosa if you order a breakfast item or $10 for bottomless mimosas. The mimosa is mostly soda and OJ, again what you pay for. So all in all, good value, nothing fancy but great atmosphere, beautiful decor, great service. Loved the 1960s feel. Suggest it for going out with friends, casual dates and catch-ups.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Great place for brunch on weekends

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Our waiters were really nice. Thanks. However my spaghetti with meatballs was less than mediocre. The meatballs were not even that warm and the pasta seemed chopped up like for a child. Sadly, I think we would have much better meal at Earls. For $20 this was pathetic.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 11, 2017

Great food and awesome value. I really enjoyed having a good easy get together with friends with the light tones of Sinatra playing in the background.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Amazing place for happy hour. Special pasta $10 on Sunday's.

Service is amazing !! Patio is great!!!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great happy hour. Good ambiance. Lyon want to enjoy their Brunch at $10 all of them and/or happy hour.
Service is outstanding by the servers, managers could do a little effort.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great Beer
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Service quality was hit and miss. The server wasn't rude but didn't go out of her way. Had to ask for things like the dessert menu when none came our way after we were long done dinner. When they took away our appetizer plates, they Asked us to remove our dirty cutlery off our plates and use them again, which was odd since they were clearly crusted with sauce and not usable again. She want rude, I would say she was indifferent and not enthused to be helping us. The food was great though and so were the drinks. Would come again but suggest you not come for the service. They need a lot of work in that dept or some better customer service training for the servers.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Houston)·Dined on March 30, 2017

We went based on reviews. It was amazing! Gluten free pasta was very well prepared. It is an art! The meatballs were just the right size. The real gem here are their house made vodkas. Try the espresso it is so unique. Big open kitchen, bar has club chairs and unique cocktails. We took a cab from Downtown and walked back it was so easy!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on March 5, 2017

No more "all you can drink mimosas!" Very disappointed (as we'd heard about it and that was why we went there) Also, they were mostly juice and not a lot of champagne. You're better off spending more to get the bubbly and asking for a side of ok.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 26, 2017

We had a bad start to our meal due to waitress error but we were wowed and impressed with how management reconciled the issue. He personally took care of us and made the evening fantastic. We are regulars and will continue to be. It's not only your incredible food but attention to detail of customer experience that brings us back. Thank you again for another lovely and memorable family meal.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The Distillery is one of my favourite spots to eat and drink in Vancouver! The staff are always friendly and accomodating, the food is always scrumptious, the cockatils are outstanding, and the ambience is one-of-a-kind. One can't help but want to dance to the electro-swing jazz music or get lost in time watching one of the old Hollywood glamour films that they play on the TV screens. I highly recommend The Distillery for any occasion!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Fun, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Cane here for the first time for dinner on Saturday. We were so impressed with the level of service. Our waiter and server were attentive and ensured our dining experience was enjoyable. We loved the food. I had the spaghetti and meat balls, hubby had salmon in a bag and our friends had the half chicken and the pasta with prawns- amazing!! We will definitely be back.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great service. Amazing food! We got the risotto balls and chickpea fries as well as a Gorgonzola and pear pasta dish. Fantasic!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 30, 2017

We had such a great time. Us 5 gals get together as regular as our schedule fits and we chose this restaurant as part of Dine Out. We will be sure and come back another time. The waiter was so patient and accommodating for us! Thank You!

Tags: Good for Groups, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value, Good for Anniversaries
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