The Sin Bin is a sports bar on 2nd Ave, just east of the Cambie Street Bridge.
I've given the Sin Bin a few tries. Every time I'm left for 20-30 min with out even being able to get a drink much less order food (and that includes times I've left my table to stand at the bar to try to order there directly). Something for such a small pub is absurd. The food seems pretty bog standard for pub fare. With better service, and slightly lower prices they would get a higher review from me.
So I've decided to go and watch the UFC 172 champion fight at this sports bar. Upon arriving I was not aware that I had to pay cover to watch this event, only after the bill came did I realize that I was charged for cover to watch this pay-per view event. Nor did our server mention this at all, considering she had rolled her eyes several times when we asked about our food, it didn't seem like she wanted to be there. I know it was an busy night but I just didn't feel that type of attitude was appropriate and we were being polite about it considering that it took half an hour for the food to arrive. The ambiance of the place is rustic with wooden benches and walls plastered in UFC fight posters. Several TV screens on the walls for viewing sports. When me and my friends wanted to sit out on the patio, we were told that we weren't allowed for some odd reason. So the patio is just for show?? The "VIP" room is an poorly lit dark gloomy room with blankets and sheets for decorations, the VIP room reminds me of my parent's backdoor car garage. The food when it did arrive, half an hour late, was nothing to rave about. The fries taste like McCain frozen fries with not much moisture to them, Gyoza were dried and the bacon on the BLT tastes more like dried beef jerky. All in all I won't be coming back certainly not for the service or food. In all honesty this place is great for a night cap to have a beer but considering it's odd location, I wouldn't go out of my way to make a night of it. I have been to many pubs to watch UFC events but this is the first time that I was charged to pay cover charge for watching an event at a pub.
Decided to try a new place to watch the UFC... I won't be going back.
When I arrived to the Sin Bin with my wife, we thought that it would be a great place to watch the UFC. We sat down and had the jug of Stanley Park lager. We ordered our dinners (I asked the server a question and this caused her to ask us again to repeat our orders as she forgot. The best part is, she still got the order wrong when it came out) while watching UFC.
The chairs quickly became uncomfortable, but tolerable. There are lots of TV's on 3 of the 4 walls, with a decent size projector on one of the walls behind me. The screen was not properly aligned to the projector as part of the image was not displayed and the room was too bright for a good clear picture on the the projector screen, but as mentioned, there were plenty of other screens to watch the fight (one screen above the bar was temporarily out of order).
When the food arrived, it looked ok (besides making the order wrong). I would not recommend the caesar salad as it hardly had any dressing on the old leaves, it was quite tasteless. The steak and prawn special was not very good either. I ordered medium and it came blue. It was a pub and I was hungry, so I ate what I could. There was a lot of fat and it was very chewy.
The Sin Bin was very full and we managed to have a good time watching UFC.
When our bill arrived, we were very shocked and surprised to see a charge of $16 for cover. We did not see any signs posted informing of the cover charge nor did the server mention it when she greeted us. From a quick review search I found that other people have had similar experiences with the hidden cover charges (one review said that the cover charge was posted that you could see it approaching from one direction, but not the other) and for this reason alone I would not return to the Sin Bin or recommend it to anyone else.
I also found it interesting that on the top right screen on the UFC event, it showed "Free Preview". I wonder if the UFC is aware that the Sin Bin is charging cover to show this event?
My wife and I have been here several times and have not been disappointed.The food is quite good especially the coconut prawns.We have also tried the yam fries,sliders and quesadillas.The waitresses have been attentive and we like the location especially for parking.They have plenty of televisions for sports and are willing to put any game on you would like to see.
OK...so it's a sports bar in a fairly remote (but probably not for long) part of town. I wasn't going in with high expectations, especially as a vegetarian....but their veggie burger is probably the best one I've ever had. It isn't a fancy place, so if that's your thing I don't recommend it, but the service was good and the veggie burger was amazing. Despite some of the reviews, go and check out the veggie burger and see if you disagree.
I just moved into the Millenium Village and was excited to see a pub just a few blocks from my place. Coming from England there is usually one on every corner, but atleast there is one near by.
I went in for some dinner and some beers. There was live music on and the place was packed and had a great atmosphere. My dinner was excellent and they had a good selection of local beers on tap. The only downfall was there was no guiness or any darker beer on tap.
Will definitely be back.
Me and three friends needed a place to watch UFC 114 so we decided to try out the Sin Bin. The food was below average. The yam fries were not crispy and the cheese on the nachos was poor quality. The service was great. Our waitress checked in on us frequently and changed our plates twice. The value just wasn't there ($5 cover charge doesn't help). We were shocked when our order of dry ribs consisted of 8 small meatless pieces. Their whole menu had inflated prices for your standard pub food. The place felt like a overcrowded barn with flimsy tables.
I would not recommend this place to anyone. There are better sports bars than this.
I was pleasantly surprised when I first sat down at Sin Bin, expecting it to be a dive since so many failed restaurants open and closed at this address. The atmosphere is inviting and very well kept. The staff were very attentive and willing to serve their patrons. My party was there for the UFC fight and the final for the canucks.
I ordered some Nachos and Yam fries which tasted fresh, but the boring yam fries dip and cheap tasting cheese on the Nachos turned me off. The Nachos were 14 bucks, and add a small gaucomole dip (no taste) for another 2 dollars, making the nachos $16 dollars with no beef!
What was really strange is the $5 cover charge that they told me about AFTER I sat down. yeah sure there was a sign board outside... two of them, one telling you about the dinner specials, and the other showing a $5 cover. So depending on which way you walk in, you will miss the "notice". I would have ordered more drinks and food if they didn't charge me a cover - Who still charges cover for pay-per-view these days? That's if you don't customers to come back. Which they successfully did, and I know none of my friends will return there for any games.
It's not the $5, it's the principle that management holds on it's patrons - Customers are cheap, so we must charge them upfront in case they don't buy anything.... sometimes you gotta lose money to make money Sin Bin. No more party gathering at your place...
Went and checked out this new sports bar for The Canucks game the other night. It is still fairly new, so wasn't overly busy, but had an awesome atmosphere and great food. It's right by the Olympic Village, so this place is going to be huge in a few months.
Try The Aussie Burger. Can't go wrong with a fried egg on a Burger.
Yearning for the days that you could eat and drink at a pub with a side of sexy waitress or pretty women. What happened? The proprietor (and/or some of his friends) stand on the sidewalk right outside the open doorway and smoke in between orders. Ooops, is that the ready bell? The server is not exactly attractive and very few women in there. I guess it's the fight on tv.