Dark and moody but still with a sense of fun. Filled with alcohol and open late. Come with a friend or just drop in for a tapa and a drink. If the red light is on we are OPEN.
I've only been to the Narrow once, and sat in the tiki patio out back. It has some great character if you don't mind being in an East Van back alley. I think it's great, complete with gigantic tiki mask. Our server seemed angry, or bored, or just plain bitchy. We had to ask for menus, got one between the two of us with a deadpan "you'll have to share". The service was fairly attentive but didn't make me feel welcomed. The beer prices were decent, and we ordered the nachos and fish tacos to share. The nachos were great, but the fish tasted off and the tacos were bland. My buddy loved them but I was not impressed. I didn't get a good look at the atmosphere inside, but the washroom had a really great unique vibe to it. Quaint, unique spot.
Went here for drinks and snacks with two of my buddies. It was my first time there and it was exceedingly difficult to find, but this turns out to be part of the allure.
Food: Well, we primarily sat and drank draft beer but one of my friends ordered food and it looked good. Until I judge for myself the quality of food we'll give it a somewhat neutral three stars for now. Good selection of beers on tap.
Service: Service was actually very friendly. Our waitress was all smiles and the service was prompt and efficient. No complaints whatsoever. A solid four stars.
Value: Drink and food prices were fairly typical for a place like this. Four stars.
Ambience: Here's the good part. I heard the owner speak on Steven Quinn's afternoon show on CBC. She was actually brave enough to say that she doesn't give a damn about the Canucks and that there would be no gigantic TV's showing the game in her lounge! I know that it is incredibly difficult for some people to wrap their heads around, but there are actually many Vancouverites who also don't give a damn about the Canucks or hockey in general. The owner had a very good sense of humour about the whole thing and freely acknowledged that her opinion would be unpopuar -- but that is the beauty of free speech, isn't it? I don't recall her saying that people were NOT allowed to talk about hockey in her lounge. I'm sure she wasn't serious since she had a good sense of humour about everything else when interviewed on the CBC. I have no doubt whatsoever that there will be plenty of patrons who would love to hang out in her lounge without the mesmerizing opiate effect of gigantic TV's showing a bunch of millionaires skating around after a tiny black puck. A solid five stars for ambience.
We went to Narrow Lounge a few months ago.
The food was good, the atmosphere was nice and the wine selection was solid.
What made the experience less for us, was the fact that a drunk customer from the table beside us proceeded to make inappropriate and loud comments towards us, and eat our food.
To make matters worse, the servers did not stop him, even after we had asked him to leave. He pulled up a chair and even had the audacity to spit the food he didn't like onto our table.
After he had left, the server approached us and apologized for this incident, stating they were too uncomfortable to intervene. However they charged us the full amount for our meal.
So, since then, I would not go back.
I really like hanging out there,plus, the food is great, so that is of course a bonus. The place has a cool vibe to it and the ceiling looks supercool. Drinks are reasonably priced and the music cooool.
I've heard great things about this place for a while but was kind of bummed when I went recently and they were out of about 60% of food and drink on their menu leaving a very minimal selection...oh well, maybe next time. The lack of food is completely made up for by the super snappy service and friendly bartender and good music/atmosphere.