I always come to St. Augustines when visiting Vancouver, because it has a tremendous selection of micro brewed beer from many places in the Pacific northwest. It doesn't brew its own beer, though its decor suggests that - with silver predominating and pictures of tanks and brewing arcania. Its strength is bringing together for afficionados all sorts of other brew under one roof. You can get a California IPA, a BC brown, an Oregon pale, crazy (but delicious) wits and even lambics and locally brewed cider. We get big testers of 8 and compare the tastes with the descriptions. The service is great once, it seems, the waitresses must respond to educated or interested questions about the beers, IBUs, temperatures, etc. The waitresses tend to warn you about lambic, but I love the stuff.
There's a large streetside window of Commercial, and a breezy relaxed feel about the place, though parking is limited. Not to worry, though, because the skytrain station, a main throughfare, is a block away and the trains pass nearly overhead.
The food is your basic pub fare - pulled pork sandwiches, nachos, etc. I find it plentiful though not outstanding taste wise.