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2.5
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  • Value2.5
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Dix BBQ & Brewery

871 Beatty St.
Vancouver, BC V6B2M6
Tel: (604) 682-2739
Neighbourhood: Yaletown
  • Cuisine: Barbeque, Brewery, Pub, Southern
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • One of Vancouver's most exciting locations to cocktail and dine. Dix BBQ & Brewery is located on Beatty Street in Yaletown, across from BC Place and the Cambie Street Bridge. Dix seating capacity is 85 people comfortably in the restaurant and 65 people on the pub side. Specialties include southern backyard barbecue and house crafted lagers.

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Pool tables are for pool
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 4:08pm [Dine in]

They cover up the pool tables and use them as tables during Canucks game nights. The end result was me eating on a pool table trying not to hit my knees on the table any time I moved around. Even if it is covered and kind of looks like a table, it's still not right. This combined with a subpar pulled pork sandwich lacking any sort of meaty substance led to a dismal eating experience. Seriously, 10 dollars for no pork, lots of sauce, onions and bun. Mmmmm, soggy bun. I will not be back.

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Beer and Ribs - a Good Thing!!
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 7, 2010 - 4:57pm [Dine in]

My friend and I went here last Sunday for some drinks and dinner.

I had my favourite beer combo - the sampler. It comes with six different beer which are brewed on premises. I enjoy tasting the different types in smaller glasses as I am not a heavy drinker. My favourites were the IPA, the stout and the barley wine. Unfortunately, they were out of pilsner, but the server advised me to pick my favourite of the beers and have an extra one of that kind.

The service was adequate, a friendly, professional waitress who did her job well. The wait times for ordering, receiving beverages and food, receiving bill and processing payment was all very reasonable.

My friend ordered the beef ribs combo (choosing veggies and baked beans as his sides). I had the pork ribs (choosing corn bread and coleslaw as my sides). Both full slabs of ribs were tasty. The beef and pork ribs each had a different saucue and each complimented the specific meat very well. My friends baked beans were very tasty and even had bits of meat in it. His veggies were also tasty and had good texture. My corn bread (although a bit stingy in portion) was very tasty. I really liked the coleslaw - nice crunch which came from large shreds of cabbage rather than pulverized cabbage which many other places serve.

I only gave two stars for value - my friend and I used an Entertainment coupon which gave us $16.00 off the bill. If we didn't use this coupon, the meal would have been pricey. The full slabs of ribs sere around $29.00 dollars each - which is a bit steep - even though they were good sized portions and tasty. However, the room is very nice and it is downtown - so the price probably reflects this as well.

I will return (with another coupon) again soon.

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Alright barbeque
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 14, 2006 - 12:52am [Dine in]

If you feel like barbeque downtown, this is not a bad place to grab a casual meal before a game. I have been there a few times on someone else's pick and it's a satisfactory meal but not overly impressed nor disappointed. The ribs and collard greens were okay.

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I don't want flies with my salad
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:49am [Dine in]

Food: had this chicken wrap that was quite good but possibly the most healthy option on the menu. Accompanying salad was ok, vinigerette was quite good. Nothing to write home about. My dining compadre had the ribs which he was said were ok. Came with a side of beans he didn't touch and some fries. Portions were large so I guess it was good food for value.

Service: Server disappeared and we went when it was relatively empty - only 2-3 other tables were filled. No water refills, no drink refills. Quite disappointing.

Ambiance: Dark and dirty. Tables were sticky, and I guess to aid in the clean-up, were covered in sheets of paper. Definitely not a place to take a date unless you're aiming for pub food. When our food came, there were so many fruit flies around! I couldn't eat properly since I was constantly swatting at them. They need some pest control in here quick.

Overall, I would probably not return since I dread the idea of eating bugs that may have flown into my food. The meal was ok tasting but not enough to warrant a drive out there specifically for this place. Definitely not a place for the healthy conscious either.

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Good drinks, poor food
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 21, 2008 - 10:35am [Dine in]

Went there for a bite to eat before a Canucks game. Close by so a good location. Seating was quick at the bar, also quick service and ordering. Beer was very good but the food was another matter. Had the BBQ beef ribs. Good size ribs but why do they have to smother it with BBQ sauce. It just ruins the taste. Too much vinegar in the sauce. Sides were OK but overall very bad. Service was very good as they got you in and out very quickly.

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Strictly for drinks
By kwailan of Coquitlam (75 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2007 - 1:05pm [Dine in]

I was here for a late lunch. Only 1 other table was occupied.

Ordered the beef ribs and a beer. My friend ordered the Ribs and Chicken combo. Food was disappointing. The beef ribs at Big Ridge (its sister restaurant in Surrey) was a lot better. The version here here is dry and bland.

The payment thing on the pool table was broken, so we got to play for free. The self-serve free peanuts was fun and they do not care where you throw the shells. Very relaxed environment. Perfect for a beer after work.

Return? Only for drinks.

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Decent pub, poor food
By BCA333 of Richmond (22 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 8:53pm [Dine in]

I've been there a couple times in bigger groups (10+). The inside is quite nice and unique. Very typical west end kind of pub. They often have a DJ spinning in the back, sometimes playing trivia games with the patrons. They give you a bucket of peanuts and basically everyone eats them and toss the shells on the floor. Kinda gross, but different. Feel bad for whomever has to clean it up.

So overall the vibe is quite nice. Staff are decent. A little on the slow side.

Food on the otherhand is a whole new story. I love pub style food, unfortunately Dix executes it poorly. I've tried to give this place a few chances, their wings on "wings wednesdays" are average at best. I don't expect much from that. I've tried the pulled pork sandwich, you'd think how can you go wrong? Basically it's wonderbread with pork and BBQ sauce on top. Pork had no real flavour, and the sauce absorbs into the bread making it just soggy. Worst part was it took 30+ mins for the food to come. Wonderbread + pork + bottled sauce REALLY shouln't take that long. Next, the chilli.... I'd say canned chilli tastes better. All in all, if I do go back, it would only be for the drinks and peanuts.

I haven't tried their entrees, but if an alleged "BBQ house" can't make a pulled pork sandwich right, I can't imagine the other food being much better. I've been there 2-3 times, hoping maybe all my previous times I've went was just an odd night. I've concluded, I like the place, but despise the food.

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Wanted BBQ and got BLAH!
By mincheri of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 2:50pm [Dine in]

"I'll have the roasted crappola please." That's what you'd have thought I said to the waitress because that's what I got! What a load of kack! With every bite our table of four took at this place - we all shared the look a cat gets on its' face when it's choking up a hairball! Webster's Dictionary should simply post a copy of their menu next to the definition of the word "bland!" Foolish us - we couldn't leave well enough alone and started to share plates just to torture ourselves! The more we tried - the worse it got. Too bad ... kind of a cool place and the staff were "ok." I don't blame them for being just "ok." I guess it's difficult for them to be enthusiastic when they're serving such rancid food? There are any number of pubs within blocks where I'd rather spend my dollar!

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What is wrong with this place?
By Devilicious of Yaletown (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 25, 2006 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

I have been to this restaurant several times and am constantly confused. Half the time the food is amazing the other half it is put together poorly and tastes like pig dung. There was one guy who used to work in the kitchen last year who made amazing food all the time but obviously hasn't been around because the past couple times I don't feel like going back. As for the bar you can always get good service from the bald guy. Very friendly and really knows what he is doing. The other taller guy who spikes his hair is the worst bartender and always has his head in the clouds. The waitresses there are very nice and the atmosphere is always excellent and friendly. Very Cheers like. I enjoy going back there to take the chance for that alone. My advice is to get to know the staff. If the good people aren't working maybe look somewhere down the street.

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Where's the Pork?
By Miles of South Granville (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 4, 2005 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

Not a whole lot of shredded pork on my sandwich at Dix the other night. Disappointedly realised that most of what appeared to be meat was in fact onions covered in goupy bbq sauce. This state of affairs was worsened by a huge bun most disproportionate for such a quantity of meat.

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Go!
By Arkroyal of Victoria, B.C (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 5, 2005 - 5:35am [Dine in]

My wife and I have been going for years. We're the "Norm" at the end of the polished oak bar! There are always 4-5 beer types made on site, all excellent and often quite experimental. All sleeves, all the time, are $4. "Caskival" brew fests weekly. Decor: dark wood, plank floor. Free salted peanuts (to clear the palate for good beer). Gorgeous waitresses who always smile. Service tremendous-->look for Shawn the grappler behind the bar! The food is southern BBQ style. Very good. A bank of TVs for Monday Night Football. GO!

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why all the bad reviews?
By patrick_bateman of downtown, vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 3:04am [Dine in]

I agree with some posters that DIX can be hit and miss, sometimes the food is average, but sometimes its amazing. Portions are large, and quality, and the price is fair. Ambiance is great, the restaurant is located in an old warehouse, it has exposed wooden beams and brick. In the center of the restaurant you can see the giant beer vats being the glass enclosure.

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He shoots, He misses
By delicieuse of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 28, 2006 - 12:46pm [Dine in]

Yes, Dix is a good place for a pint and to check out the game. But for the food, it was rather disapointing. The BBQ platter tasted like something that came out the Kraft kitchen. The cornbread was just simply too doughy and the salads were tasteless. If you are looking for a place to check out the game and for great food, I would check some place else.

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Good BBQ n' Good Cheap Beer
By GuyGlorious of Burnaby (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 2:46pm [Dine in]

I got the Pulled Pork Sandwich on the recommendation of a friend. Good call. Good size and great taste for under 10 bucks.
The service was subpar, however we were there on a Friday at 5pm - which appears to be their busiest time.
4 bucks for Honey Lager. 4 bucks for a Blonde Ale. The Pale Ale? 4 bucks. Stout? 4 bucks. Good beer AND cheap beer. How can you go wrong? (Well, the tequila shots were over 6 bucks each).

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Food and service sucks
By Dianna118 of kitsilano, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 13, 2006 - 5:42pm [Dine in]

I ordered nachos. It was put together very sloppy and did not taste good. My friend ordered a burger and she felt the same way. It was a busy night, the service was a little slow. But i could understand that. I will not go back for dinner...perhaps only drinks.

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Series of Mishaps Made Better By Awesome Management
By gomer300 of Vancouver (26 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 1:53am [Dine in]

Tonight was my first time at Dix. I swung in with my mother and step dad visiting from out of town and my brother for a concert at GM Place. They were swamped - likely due to the concert.

We ordered our food and my mother's steak sandwich was missed. The rest of us had our dishes and they had to start hers from scratch. On a deadline already, we were cutting it close. The person who took our order, the manager came, apologized, committed to comping her meal and brought the salad that would accompany her meal to tide her over.

They were a bit overzealous in getting her meal out - the steak wasn't quite medium rare and my mother was not comfortable eating it. They offered another, but time was of the essence and we had to pull the plug.

I pulled the manager aside and explained that comping the one meal wasn't good enough given that we were late. He was swamped, but took the time to hear me out and we came to an agreement. It was great follow-up to a series of events that can happen anywhere.

I'll be going back just based on this, alone. Great ambiance with the 1890's feel inside and all the old lumber. It's not a 5-star pub, but a good place to check out - decent prices for downtown.

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Pathetic
By chefmom of richmond (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 7:58pm [Dine in]

This place sucks. We were very disappointed in the flavour, quality and presentation of the food. My husband's meal was forgotten, and came only when we flagged down the server twice to ask where it was. The service was pretty bad, they were quick with the drinks but not much else. I guess this is a place to drink not eat.

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Not the place to order a salad
By cheremushki of Vancouver, Canada!! (4 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 9:08pm [Dine in]

Well, knowing the restaurant's name that is.. But none the less, on a first visit when some friends and I have ordered the salad they came flat and with some concern, warm. Vegetables seemed like they were on a brink of turning bad. On my second visit I've ordered a gumbo and once again food came warm, not hot like I would expect hot food to be. On a plus side, the place has a good price for a tab. It's a good place for hangout with friends to play pool and have some drinks. But to dine out? Bit of a waste.

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