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Darby's Pub

2001 MacDonald Street
Vancouver, BC V6K3Y1
Tel: (604) 731-0617
Fax: (604) 731-9979
Neighbourhood: Kitsilano
  • Cuisine: Contemporary, International, Pub
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Large groups only
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Late night, Weekend brunch
  • Features: Gluten free, Ocean Wise, Patio, Wifi, Television, Live entertainment, Wheelchair accessible
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 1AM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 2AM, Sun: 11AM - 1AM
  • Darby’s Public House has been a local and independent establishment in Kitsilano for over 30 years. Recent renovations in the bar and patio continue to make Darby’s Public House the best place to enjoy food and drinks with friends on Vancouver’s Westside.

    20 craft, domestic and import beers on tap, friendly staff, weekly live entertainment and 8 HD TV’s will keep you entertained while you enjoy dishes prepared by Chef AJ Jackson from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
    During the summer come enjoy one of Vancouver's largest rooftop patios which offers a relaxed atmosphere and a scenic view of the North Shore Mountains.

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Nasty
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 10:01pm [Dine in]

I went to Flying Tiger with Mrs. C, but alas it was full. So we ended up in Darby's because we had such a great parking spot that we couldn't bear to move. Big mistake. The restaurant/bar is old and grungy inside and hasn’t changed in the million or so years since I lived in Kits. Since there were beer specials and I was still savouring my great parking spot, we decided to eat there. The server was great, so no complaints there.

We started with a couple of pricey beers. Next, I had a clubhouse with Caesar salad and Mrs. C had a classic burger and chicken corn soup. The salad and soup were fine, but our sandwiches were just plain weird. My clubhouse was a processed chicken breast and bacon on ciabatta bread, and the burger was a cremated beef patty also on ciabatta. Both were awful. Ciabatta is an Italian word for slipper. I would have preferred to eat the footwear. The problem with most pub food is that you are expected to be inebriated when you eat it. Otherwise you would just say no. I should have known better.

Can’t recommend.

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Awesome Pub Food, & Service..odd space
By Davros of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 6:12pm [Dine in]

Well, here's another hit on west 4th. I am so glad I've moved into this area, there are so many great pub/bar places.
The burger here, while very weird looking, tastes amazing. With lots of dijon mustard and old cheddar. Its ona ciabata bun which is really dense and nice.
My gf had their club house sandwich, also served on that ciabata. I tried some and it was very sweet, and with fresh grilled turkey...different than most clubhouses.
We were served by the bartender who was really friendly and service was prompt.
The only negative about the place would be the dated room. Looks like its been around for a very long time, and needs a facelift...but besides that, they have the hockey games, so at night, when its full, no problem...will definitely be back.

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Wow...great items on the menu!
By yummynotsoyummy of Kerrisdale (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2011 - 12:19am [Dine in]

We went to Darby's last week. This was the first time I have eaten there though my husband has been there is years past. We went for an adult date night with a gift card that I had won on The Peak. From what I understand they have a new menu. There was a great variety on the menu leaving anyone happy. We ordered 4 different items to share. The first was the squash cheese fondue. This dish was yummy...The fondue was accompanied by garlic bread and broccoli. While we were eating the fondue became cold so we asked the server to reheat it. She responded with we have no microwave so we will need to put it back in the oven. Neediness to say we were pleasantly surprise and more then happy to wait to not have microwaved food! The next dish we had was warm beet salad with goat cheese. This salad was perfect for sharing and yummy also. The only suggest I would make is for the chef to cut the pieces for beet into bite size pieces. They came in big rounds. We also ordered wings. They had 2 specialty flavours of jasmine ginger or habanero. We ordered salt and pepper with a side of sauces. The wings came with both flavours and blue cheese dip. The burger list was long and yummy. You can order the burger only or burger with your choice of a side. We ordered a cheese and prawn topped cat fish burger. (No charge for subbing a veggie, $1.00 for subbing cat fish) The cat fish burger came on a long wholewheat bun. It was excellent...so great that I only ate 1/2 and took the rest for lunch the next day. During our time there was a game of trivia that was popular with others. Another thing is to mention is that they have a good number of beers on tab. We will definitely be back and have told friends to do the same. Try Darby's if you haven't in a while...you will leave happy!!!

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Meh
By bsanto of Vancouver (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 12:03am [Dine in]

I come here for hockey games. I would probably never come here just for a meal or a place to hang out. The bar seems lifeless and desolate. The servers are surprisingly friendly, considering the number of weirdos who frequent the pub. I was able to find only one item on the menu that is somewhat tolerable. Otherwise, the menu is quite limited, overpriced, and not too pleasing to the tummy. I've seen way better pubs around here!

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Changed for the Better.
By JonJ of Kitsilano (19 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 27, 2008 - 1:02pm [Dine in]

From a year ago, to today, this pub seems totally different. It still feels like an old neighborhood pub, but that's ok. The decor is a little shabby, but most pubs are aren't they. They seem to have added some more tvs and a big screen. So, nothing special, but it is what it is.
Service is acceptable pub service. Efficient, taking orders and deliverying drink and food, but no really interaction, but that seems to be a problem everywhere.
Now the food, it used to be crap, but now its amazing. It's still pub food, which is what it should be, but it's good pub food. We've been a few times recently, and the burger is huge and delicious, tastes like a steak on a bun. Also, we get the chicken fingers everytime we're in, as no one does fingers as good as these.
Also, the last time in we had their dip, which had cheddar and spinach, and butternut squash in it. Has to be the best dip in the city, even better than Milestones Spinach & Artichoke dip-the only thing I'd ever eat at that restaurant.
This is definitely our choice for watching the canucks games from now on.

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Best Pub in the West Vancouver Area
By faizals of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

By far the best pub in the westside, good food and reasonably priced, excellent customer service and also new renovations done. Awsome place to watch hockey,UFC or boxing and they charge no cover, unlike most places which charge like $5-$10. Always have Live bands on saturdays.Best cheese foundue app there, great wings and homemade ceasar salad. Always a good time with great service and great food.

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A tad disappointing
By geoffbil of new westminster (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

We had been looking forward to trying the burgers here for some time. My partner had one with edam cheese and I ordered the one with bacon and aged cheddar. Both came with caesar salads. The ingredients were no question of a higher than average quality, and the first bite of my burger, from the middle, was absolutely delicious. Outside of the middle, however, the flavor of the meat and toppings was overwhelmed by mayonnaise. My partner's burger was blander; perhaps that might have been expected. Tap selection here is also quite mediocre, and the loud ambiance with numerous t.v.'s didn't help (if I were there for a hockey game, I might have felt differently). Service also left something to be desired; I ended up having to retrieve my own ketchup from the bar. All in all, the food was interesting enough to warrant a return visit if I'm in the neighborhood for an extended period of time and feel like taking in a hockey game, but, coupled with the mediocre taps, not compelling enough to justify a trip on its own. The Wolf and Hound (great taps), The Corner (wonderful food), and the Railway Club (fantastic ambiance) are far superior in their respective areas of expertise.

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Great place
By Orangehugo of Coquitlam (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 12:48am [Dine in]

I love this place. Their food is really good. The style of using long ciabatta buns for hamburgers and the moisture of the burger is soo good. I recommend the burger with applesmoked bacon, auh my mouth is watering. I just hate how they downsized the bar area. But the upside is the patio upstairs is still open.

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Surprisingly Good
By PromQueen of Kitsilano (21 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 1:42pm [Dine in]

On a recent sunny break, we were hungry and trying to decide to go, when we noticed a banner on the side of the building heralding kits best rooftop patio, so let's give it a try.
When we first walked into the pub, it feels quite old, and dated, not very inviting. Well, we head up to the patio anyways. It's also looking a little worse for wear, but had a nice view, and was nice to have a patio removed from the street. I think if they're going to hype it up, they should actually do something with it, it's just there.
Service was extremely friendly, attentive and helpful. We started with a couple of Caesars as they were on special, boy you could taste the vodka in those! I would have prefered a celery stick over a pickled bean, but I guess that's what most places do these days. We then had some Bowen Island lagers, excellent.
The food was the real surprise. After seeing how unkept the place was, we were expecting typical pub food. We shared a butternut squash dip, which was absolutely amazing! Delicious with the garlic bread served for dipping. Then I had a Mac & Cheese, very rich and creamy and cheesy, and delicious. My partner had the burer, which I had to try a bite of after seeing, and was also delcious. It doesn't taste like a burger I've had anywhere.
With food and service like this, I see why they don't feel the need to spruce up the pub. We will definitely be back.

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