Doolin's is an Irish pub located on the corner of Granville and Nelson. More of a late night drinking spot than an eatery.
The interior of the pub is great! The appetizers were alright, but not outstanding. I'd recommend this place if you wanna have a couple of drinks with your friends.
They also have nice rooms for group parties.
This is a pretty good find in downtown Vancouver. The place is very comfortable and has aweseom little nooks and crannies you could linger in if you're not feeling social. The Guinness flowed, the game was watched, had a few laughs with the guys. Didn't really eat anything here so the food rating is only for the beer. This is going to be a regular hangout from now on.
I'd been to this place a couple of times and my experience was fine. However, I brought a friend there last summer and we were served by the biggest witch I've ever seen. We were patient with the fact that she took forever to acknowledge us, take our order and bring our food because it was fairly busy, but there was just no excuse for her nasty attitude. When she took our drink orders, I asked what kind of coolers they have as I don't like beer or hard liquor. I was rudely told that they don't have any. Um, okay. I ordered a mixed drink. She never came back to offer us more drinks (great for revenue, I'm sure) so I finally went to the bartender. He was friendly and helpful and informed me that they in fact carried several different types of coolers. We decided we'd just get our drinks for him from then on as the server was as good as useless. I guess this didn't impress her, because she only got nastier as the night went on. We pretty much had to beg for our bill, and then she disappeared with my credit card. We finally had to go find her. She glared at me openly and stood RIGHT BEHIND ME while I was standing there filling out the credit card receipt, I guess to intimidate me into leaving her a good tip. Finally, when I could see she was not going to stop harassing me, I just filled in a big fat ZERO for the tip, handed her the bill and we walked out. I'm a little surprised she didn't try to attack us as she really seemed that unhinged. I doubt I'll ever go back. If I do and get that kind of "service" again, I will happily leave without paying my bill at all.
I've come here a few times, typically before I go to a club. It's generally pretty busy early, so the place never feels dull or tired. And there are plenty of tvs, so there is usually some sports on.
The restaurant seems very inviting to me. Lots of liitle nooks and crannies to sit at, or you can just pull up a chair at the bar too. Food is served late, but you might have a hard time finding a seat after 8-9 pm.
It is connected directly to the Cellar down below, so there is usually a lot of traffic between the two places at night. By this time the music is loud in Doolins, but it's more of a relaxed bar vibe than that of a club.
I'll admit I didn't give them much of a chance to shine with my choice of food. Onion rings to start, with fish and chips after. Needless to say they were both greasy, and I was huffing and puffing to finish the fish. I can't fault them on dishes that would be greasy anywhere.
My buddy ordered Irish Nachos. They're served with regular potato chips. He liked them, but I wasn't too impressed. They seemed light on the toppings too. His club sandwich looked good. I would have ordered it had he not ordered it before me!
There are plenty of beers on tap, with an emphasis on Irish beers, of course. Full size pints too (Earls, come take a look at a real sized pint). But be prepared to order individual pints here as they don't have pitchers available. For the two of us that's okay, but in a larger group, I'd be a little let down. But the beer would flow anyways.
The price is mid range for bar food. Not local watering hole cheap, but definately not Cactus Club/Earls pricing. Two appies are listed at $5, and the rest are $9. There are at least 15 or so entrees between $9-12, and a few more expensive than that. I had an appetizer, an entree, and two pints. My bill came up to $32 incl. tax.
All in all, not too bad. I'll be back, and I'll order less greasy food.
Not too much to say about Doolins as the room itself is very well done, but a bit too big for my Irish liking.
They used to have live music every night but they have stopped that which in turn has stopped me from going as much, but the one thing that they do well is their Guinness. The 'Heather' is pretty good, but the pour at Doolins is by far the best in the city. Perfect head, perfect 2 pour, perfect settle.
The only reason I go there is for a few great pints, beacuse on the weekends it's mayhem and the ambiance (music) is no longer what it used to be. Ah well, great Guinness is still great Guinness.