The Village Taphouse


Food: $13-20 mains $7-18 app. Drinks $$$

The Village Taphouse gets a ton of publicity solely because it is the only decent place in West Vancouver to grab a beer. Don’t get me wrong, the Taphouse does a lot well; but I feel that if any competition arose in west van, the Taphouse would then be reduced in public opinion to the generic underwhelming sports-bar that it is.

The bar was split up into a lounge/restaurant area, with tables and a fire place, and a bar area furnished with tall tables and a pool table. Both areas were decorated with rows and rows of TVs which, while the local hockey game is on, are turned up to a deafening volume. The bar’s logo, the crown from the keep calm poster, decorated the walls, menus, uniforms, and much more. The clientele were mostly older men, the after work crowd catching the game on the many TV screens. There were a few younger folk, but I think this was due to it being mid afternoon.

The Taphouse had quite an impressive list of beers. A row of taps lining the brick wall behind the bar and a long chalkboard overhead can be quite overwhelming for the average beer guzzler. Fortunatly, the Taphouse also has quite a few fan favorites. For the cautiously adventurous, the Taphouse also offers sampler planks; three small glasses of any beer for $6.

The food was nothing amazing, and terribly overpriced. The appetizers were almost as much, if not more than the entrees. I just can’t bring myself to ever pay $18 for basic nachos. A couple of highlights were the tuna tacos and the fat albert burger. I haven’t had the pleasure of consuming either of these, but every time I’m there someone goes for one of these and I’ve never heard anything but rave reviews for them. Plus, they are the only things on the menu that are remotely unique. The tuna tacos come in a soft shell and are dressed with a coleslaw and some kind of chipotle sauce. The fat albert burger has become somewhat of a challange among my male friends. Due to the heartclogging nature of the burger, and the shear amount of food on the plate, it is more than difficult to finish the entire thing. The burger is dressed with bacon, ham, sausage, crispy onions, and a few different types of cheeses. After witnessing the pained looks on my friends faces post consumption, I think I will avoid the challange myself.