The Square Pub combines a unique blend of sports & dance with 13 TV’s, 2 projection screens & 1 big screen HD TV to catch all live & PPV events. The games room features shuffle board, foosball, pool table & video games. Our theme nights & DJs keep the party going late into the night.
I have come here a couple times recently and the food has been much improved. They now do a weekend brunch which is pretty decent and it even includes complimentary tea or coffee. I don't think many people know about it though because the place was dead during the day on a Saturday. I had a classic eggs benedict and I liked it; the eggs were cooked perfectly.
They also have a bunch of appie specials from 4-6pm during the week. Given its close proximity to Roger's Arena, its not a bad place to have a bite and beer before the game or even come to watch the game. It is busy during the Canucks games though so you definitely need to be there early.
Nice little place, fun dancing if your into that they have a kinda crowded little dance area. Crowd was fun to watch though. Main reason I went was to have some food and watch soccer on the massive screen. At 8pm they didn't have there signature short ribs, supposedly the were frozen still, so had chicken wings three different flavours they were not very good, the chicken just didn't taste very good, it had a weird flavour to it. The major concern about this place is the service it was the worst I have had in a long time, it took 20 minutes to get a drink. my drink was fine, but my friends was served wrong they ordered 2 shots of rum with a lime over ice, they received the two shots plus soda water no ice -so after a 20 minute wait to receive the drink wrong on top was pretty bad then the waitress came back with the same tall glass that she had dumped and poured in the two shots back into the tall glass, seemed kinda weird. service was consistent for the few hours we were there.
Food: had the dry ribs for starters. we were surprised by the size of the ribs and for the most part they were fairly lean. loved the dip. crimini mushroom & swiss chicken burger was a bit on the dry side but i was ok to go light on the sauce considering all the calories. my b/f's NY striploin sandwich was a little overcooked but the peppercorn dip was able to make up for it. overall, food was much better quality than most pub food i've had. good variety of beers on tap, ~8.
Service: we sat at the bar and our bartender checked up on us regularly. she check on my b/f's beer when it was low, asked if i wanted a pop refill, and followed up on the food at least 3X.
Value: ribs were $9, chicken burger $11 + $1.50 for yam fries, striploin sandwich $14 came w/ healthy serving of fries. all in all, yes, the value is there for what you pay and what u get. dont forget your entertainment coupon!!
Ambiance: got here around 7:30'ish and it was not that loud. most ppl were having dinner or a few drinks. as the night went on it got fairly loud and most ppl were just ordering drinks. i cant remember at what time they started to charge cover at the door or when they dimmed the lights and turned up the music to "encourage" ppl to the dance floor. if ur looking for a quiet romantic dinner def come early b4 it gets the crowed gets loud, obnoxious and rowdy!!
The food is very good, fresh ingredients and nicely prepared and presented. portion size is also quite good. But service is minimal and extremely slow, considering there were only three other people there when we arrived. Food (salad and sandwich, which did not require much cooking) took a long time to arrive. The bill took even longer.
Three of us went to the Library Square Pub before the Nickelback concert a few weeks ago - it was pretty busy but we found a place to sit at the last available table. Our server greeted us and told us about the specials and took our drink order. When she came back with our drinks, I had a few questions about the menu and whether or not I could use my entertainment book coupon. She said it would be no problem.
We ordered our food, which came out about 10-15 minutes later. I had the bacon & blue cheese burger with yam fries. The burger itself was huge and the yam fries were a good portion - I ended up sharing them because I couldn't eat everything. The food was not outstanding, but for a pub it was pretty good. I would definitely go back if I was in the mood for some beer & pub grub or if I wanted to hang out somewhere fun on a Saturday night and listen to some good 80's music.
Beautiful summer night, sat out on their good-sized patio. Wine list wasn't much to write home about, but the BLTA (applewood smoked bacon, butter lettuce, tomato, avocado, rosemary mayo on toasted artisan sourdough) for $13 was FANTASTIC, and was accompanied by the absolute best side salad I've ever had the pleasure to order. Check out the photo - blueberries, cheese, selection of lettuces, toasted pumpkin seeds - delish.
We'll be back.
Went here before a Canucks game on a friday night, around 5pm, so it seems 3/4 of the crowd was working class and the other 1/4 were going to the game. Either way, MAN, was it ever LOUD! Which was ok with me, (that night). Service was QUICK for how busy it was....we switched chairs up to the bar after ordering and no problems...drinks came, bartender took our order for food, all good. My Cajun Chicken burger was actually really really good, and I'm not a big chicken fan...I only ordered it because I ws tired of beef. That being said, the menu is a little small. I would've liked more variety. Maybe some pastas or more variety of .....everything. Anyways... My other half loved his Bleu cheese burger, which I tasted and loved also.
So, I will go here again before a game...I also really loved that as I sat at the bar I could watch three screens with a CFL football game , a hockey game, and the Texas-NY game.....sweet.....and the walk back to Rogers Center is all downhill! lol!
I have been here 4 times. If the food wasn't decent and I didn't have entertainment book coupons, I would not come here. As others have said, the servers treat you terribly and are downright rude. It feels like you're getting on their nerves by being there. I wonder why they don't realize that we, the customers, are paying their salaries! Management must like to hire rude servers since all my experiences there - with different people - has been the same.
I will not go back, despite how much I like their goat cheese croquette salad and despite the 2 for 1 coupons.
Normally I'm pretty sympathetic to restaurants having worked in a few myself, but this place was beyond bad. I ordered the salmon and it came out lukewarm, rubbery and with no flavour whatsoever. The accompanying french fries were also lukewarm and soggy. My friend's salmon burger looked the exact same as mine, but at least she had a bun to swallow her salmon down with. It took a whole lot of salt to make it the least bit edible. The server was nice, but obviously very busy tending to some other groups. The music was so loud I couldn't hear my friend from across the table, and it was only 8pm on a Friday, still definitely people eating in a restaurant, and not socializing in a club. We were supposed to stay for the dancing that was to come, but I was so disappointed with the food and atmosphere that I convinced my friend to go see a movie at Tinseltown instead.
I swung in prior to an event at 5.55PM. By 6.05PM no one had approached me. 6.06PM, I got a menu and barely a hello. 6.10PM I ordered a drink and asked about how long a salad would take. Response: "15-20 minutes." I said I would pass, but the server insisted on checking with the kitchen. Updated Response: "5 minutes." So I agreed. 20 minutes later I had my salad. Then the bill took forever to arrive and I eventually went up to pay it. Never going back. $21 to waste my time.
To the point
1) They will institute a cover charge depending on the number of people inside. No one inside equals no cover. A few people is $5 etc etc. This is a pub - not a club mind you.
2) I was charged automatically charged gratuity 18% during Olympics. Acceptable.
They charged it on my liquor tax and GST. Unacceptable. If it is going to be automatically charged, then it should only be on the meal. When I pointed it how she had the nerve to say "No one else seems to mind". Very rude tone.
It was busy during Olympics so I decided to mention it another day. Sent email to the Head Manager who said there was a "glich" in the system during Olympics and this did indeed happen. How convienient boys!
I sent an email asking for a $5 gift card for the overcharge and he said I needed to provide a reciept. I said this is fair but you also acknowledged that there indeed was a glich and I did not see myself driving from Surrey to Vancouver for a couple of bucks. A few dollar gift card seemed standard.
They made it seem like I was trying to scam them --- like really over a couple of bucks?!?!?
Why go here....Check out Johnny's, Yaletown Brewery, Doolins....
The first time I went to Library Square Public House I went with a large group of people. To start things off, we were told that we were unable to make a reservation, even though we were a group of over 20 people, and we were also told we were unable to have seperate bills. Despite that, we decided to go anyway.
So we came in, and to our luck, there was a large round table that was empty. We sat down, and were quickly told we'd have to move because this table was reserved! Fine. We moved...
The service was so slow. It wasn't even packed with people, but our server was very difficult to track down. We spent a long time trying to settle the bill (so many people, and only 1 bill issued).
I asked to speak to the manager. I explained that our whole party was frustrated with the service and that I would never want to come back. He was very calm and apologetic and gave me a card for a free round of drinks if I ever chose to come back.
About 7 months after that I was out with some friends, looking for a place to have some drinks and a meal. I remembered the card in my wallet, and decided to give Library Square the benefit of the doubt.
This time was even worse than the first! It was early in the evening, and the place was very quiet. We sat out on the patio. Our server was so rude. She seemed to have forgotten about us for long periods of time. We ordered the burger and brew, and my friend asked if she could get a veggie burger with that deal, and was told no.
Our server actually rolled her eyes when we asked for a pitcher of water and glasses. She got our drinks wrong, and when she gave me the beer I didn't order, I told her this was wrong, she said in a very rude tone "No, that's right." Our jaws dropped, and she walked off.
Needless to say, we will NEVER set foot in this place again. My friend did ask to speak to the manager and explained the situation, we filled out a comment card, paid our bill (no tip) and we left it at that...
I went to the Library Square Public House a couple weeks ago and was in a party of 25. When we arrived the waitress said that because we were such a large group they wouldn't give everyone separate bills because it was too hard. At the end, our party had one MASSIVE bill and it was so difficult trying to coordinate everyone's payments. I don't see why we couldn't have had separate billing. It seems like it just makes it harder on the customers which is something a restaurant should not do.
Therefore, a suggestion to management: allow separate billing.
Pros: Great ambience, good music (for once they don't play annoying house music or Top 40 stuff), solid food.
Cons: I had exactly the same experience as the reviewers below. I have been here twice. The first time I was here we were a large group and the restaurant was maybe half full because of us. When we got tired of waiting, we had to go down to the bar and ask the waitress there to order us drinks and food. We also had to go down to the bar in order to pay our bill.
The second time I came with just a friend and were seated in the slightly elevated seating area. We were on a bit of a time crunch and couldn't spend more than 1.5 hour on lunch (we should've known better than to come here) and we kindly informed our server that we under some time constraints and we would like to order right away. She still insisted on leaving us with our menus and promised to return. She never did.
When we got sick of waiting, we managed to flag another waitress down. We told her we'd been waiting for our waitress for some time to order. She replied, "Well you couldn't have been waiting THAT long, I was just up here"--a total lie. We'd been sitting for 20 minutes and NOBODY even came to our area.
Another waitress ended up serving us, although halfway through our meal I saw her leaving her shift without a word to us or another server. After we finished eating we got sick of waiting and paid our bill at the cash register. What a shame of a good space. The food is solid, but nothing special that would make me ever come back again.
Went to Library Square Public House on Sautrday night for some pre-VIFF dinner. Upon entering, the place was fairly empty, given there was no Canucks game on or any events at GM Place, but still....Anyways, we were proptly met by a server who said "Sit anywhere" with no eyecontact. We were studying the menu and noticed that Saturdays domestic sleeves are only $3.40. We sat and waited some more. After a while our drink orders were taken. Then we waited. Waited.Waited.Again, the place was not busy and the only "large" group (6 people) had left, leaving about a dozen or so people (not tables) in the pub. Drinks came, we then placed our order for the Gorgonzola Burger and Swiss/Mushroom burgers. Then we waited. Waited. Waited some more. Food was decent, was lukewarem, good portion and tasted good. Service was slow slow slow! From start to finish we had 3 servers somehow...We did use an Entertainment coupon, so 2 burgers and 3 beers cost us less than $40. That was our only saving grace. The Stanley Park amber ale is highly recommended but be prepared to wait for it!
Next to watching the game live, this is probably the best place to watch hockey. Great atmosphere and noisy die-hard fans come here to cheer on their team. The service isn't very good, but the ambience and the experience you get from watching the game sure make up for it. The food is OK as well.
I've come to this place only when a hockey game is on, so I cannot rate this restaurant on your average day with no game on nor can I just isolate a category such as the quaility of the food because I'm always glued to the hockey game!
When I first heard about Library Square, my first thought was, "The public library has a *pub*? I love Vancouver even more now." Turns out, it's not exactly in the library, but it's right next to it.
The ambiance is excellent. It's a mostly-darkened room with comfortable booths and tables throughout. There are a bunch of TVs all over, mostly playing hockey and soccer. The music was good--mostly early 90s, the night we were there, which is my era--but not so loud as to be intrusive. The service was fast and friendly; our beers were never more than half-empty before another round was offered. And the food was good--solid pub food, nothing special but tasty and not bad.
I should note that we were there on a Tuesday night; I'm told the place is more of a nightclub Friday and Saturday, so I have no idea what it's like then. (yet.)
Have been to Library Square a few times for drinks and food. Its pretty nice inside and a great location for pre-game drinks. The food is ok, but the service in this place is just plain bad and the beer is a bit of a rip.
This place has so much potential, they just need to get it together.
Went out for a night on the town with friends. We planned on hitting a few places throughout the night but ended up staying and closing down the bar. The space has a great feel - cool and modern style and the staff was great. Dinner was awesome - we all enjoyed the menu.The drink list had a lot of interesting and inventive cocktails - loved loved loved the honeysuckle cocktail! There were a ton of different beers on tap as well and they had some great live music later on in the night. Will DEFINITELY be going back!!!!!
Decided to go there for lunch with a friend before checking out some of the Olympic sites in the area. Got there at 11:45am and the place had about 5 tables of customers. We chose to sit at the back upper part of the pub and after 10 minutes of nobody noticing us, my friend went near the bar to get the bartender's attention before a server came by to greet us. She mentioned that we "must have snuck in". We actually just walked in normally but nobody noticed us. All the TV screens and sounds systems were blasting broadcast of the Games which we were expecting and accepting of. I brought my Entertainment coupon and put it on the table before ordering. We order the sirloin beef sandwich with fries and the blackened chicken salad both of which were very good. It took 1.5 hours for lunch even though the place was half empty but we didn't mind because we weren't in a rush. Our server, a different one from who took our order, checked on us regularly to see if we needed anything else. When I asked for the bill, I handed her my Entertainment coupon which had been lying on the table the whole time and it was then that our server told us they were not taking Entertainment coupons during the Olympics period. Well, it would have been a courtesy to have told us that when we were ordering. The coupon was on the table the whole time. Were they afraid that we would leave? Still, shouldn't that be up to the customer to decide? On top of that, our bill came with a 20% automatic gratuity! Hello, we were not a party of six or more so what's with the automatic gratuity? And 20%?!? My friend was paying by debit card so she went up to the bar. When she asked why there was a 20% automatic gratuity put on the bill, she was told that that was the establishment's policy and if she found anything wrong with the service. My friend said the service was OK (think back to how nobody noticed us when we sat down and didn't mention no coupons honoured) but not deserving of 20% which we had no choice but to pay. Anyway, we left with kind of a "bad taste in our mouths" even though the food was the best part of our experience. I don't think my Entertainment coupon will ever get used because I don't plan to go back there. And I feel strongly enough that I should warn people about the 20% automatic gratuity regardless of how many people are in your party and it's not a guarantee of great service that I, who have never bothered writing a review for anything, is writing one for the first time.