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Posted December 23, 2008 by Adam Toren in Blogs
 
 

The Charlatan

I think I am honour-bound, by the code of pub-goers, to love a watering hole that is two blocks from my house. Except that I would still frequent the Charlatan even if it were out of stumbling distance.

charlatan-pastaIt’s part pub, part sports bar, part restaurant, but the dark room and the three-level design mean they can pull it off honestly. On game night there will be a crowd of fans around the bar, but if you don’t mind the cheering, that just means that there’s a free space on the couch by the fireplace. Either way, there is a wide range of beer and wine and cocktails on order and the menu ranges from typical pub fare to ethnic delicacies; Indian pakoras, East African curries, etc.

charlatan-pulled-porkI usually have beer and ahi tuna bites, but I’ve tasted most of the burgers and on my last visit I sampled both the pulled pork sandwich (tasty and filling, although somewhat messy to eat) and the ravioli (deliciously rich and a very generous portion). To drink I had the Hot rod (red bull and vanilla vodka), which is a softer, boozier kick in the butt than your ordinary energy drink, and the Tokyo Drift (lychee, sake and ginger ale), which is just so good.

The Charlatan is somewhere I end up more than set out for, but unlike their name, they are straight-forward about their intentions. They just want you to have a good time, whether it’s on your own watching the game, with a date or with a group of friends. It’s a great spot and I’ll definitely be back…probably this weekend.

The Charlatan
1447 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


Adam Toren

 
Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.