Craft Beer Market is a premium casual restaurant with fresh local food, a welcoming atmosphere and over 140 draft beer choices. Located in the iconic Salt Building in Olympic Village.
I came to Craft Beer Market after the Canucks game on Saturday night. The place was packed and lined up but because I was flying solo, they slid me into the bar immediately. The room is quite impressive; high ceilings, two mezzanines on either side (closed for now) and in the middle, a giant bar with tap after tap after tap. I think if I remember correctly there were over 130 taps when I was there. They have two brewmaster flights with 6 4oz glasses that change regularly. I will be coming back here just because their ridiculous beer selection; you could come here twice a week for years and still never try all their beers when you consider seasonals and changing taps.
The service was really good and their knowledge of beer was outstanding. My only gripe was that my burger was almost inedible because the patty was so overseasoned and salty. The fries were really good, however. Hopefully they fix their food because this place could be really stellar. Overall though, I will definitely return to Craft just for the ambiance and beer selection alone.
Situated on the edge of the 'giant birds' plaza in Olympic Village, the CBM has an excellent location, and their interior is even better. They're in the old salt building, and they've done a terrific reno, taking advantage of the high ceilings, and really making the place feel interesting/special/fun. Obviously, they hit the nail on the head, as the wait was over an hour on a Thursday night.
The menu was terrific - interesting, something for everyone. I had a tough time choosing, but eventually settled on the butternut squash ravioli, which was a generous portion of tasty pasta. Choosing a beer is even more difficult, since they have over 140 on tap (so many that they had to use 3km of hoses!).
Excellent service, fun vibe. Interesting tidbit: though they are a 'beer market', they actually have a 'food primary' liquor license, so kids can be on the premises. This license also means that you have to be seated when drinking, and they close much earlier than a bar. Ridiculous BC liquor laws.
Wanted to checkout the last beer establishment in down last night. We ended down to CBM with a friend visiting from Hog Town. We entered the building and were quickly added to the wait list and were given a transponder. We were told that there was a 45 minute wait. We took a quick look around and headed over to Tap and Barel for a quick one...FYI the transponder has a 2km radious. When the transponder activated we headed back. We were seat at the bar and give a combo beer and food menu. In addition there was a beer bible for us to study. Pints were $2.00 off...can't go wrong with a $4.25 pint! Great selection of local, imported and seasonal beers.
food: We ordered the nachos. They were basic, boring and costly in the $16-18 range. The come with a x-small ramican of salsa and sour cream. Just enough to cover 8 chips. We ordered another salsa and were charged $2.00. They have cheaper fish tacos and they seemed to be flying out of the kitchen. We ordered a couple and they never arrived.
Understanding that they are newly opened and still working out the kinks...we'll be back. Definitely a solid addition to the Vancouver beer scene.
i had a good time all in all and just wanted to post that. if you are looking for a good draught selection and a fun patio do it up. our server was very busy but she was all smiles ta the table. we got a few appies and they were decent, no complaints.