St. Augustine's

St. Augustine'sSt. Augustine's
St. Augustine'sSt. Augustine's
Bar, Eatery

2360 Commercial Dr
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5N 4B7

(604) 569-1911 | map

Notes: Weekly cask tapped on Mondays.
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 26
Reviews by dirtylou:
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4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Outside of the city core, but extremely easy to get to on public transportation. Just make sure you don't get directions to St. Augustine's Church - what a bummer that would be.

For some reason, the picture on BA filled my head with an expectation of what this place would be like, which proved to be very off. It's fairly nice on the inside - quite sanitary.

Huge selection of BC beers - driftwood, storm, central city, howe sound, parallel 49. Also a nice stash of west coast american brews. Strong focus on seasonals and rotating offerings. Also - major props for the awesome website which links an up-to-the-minute taplist including the % capacity left in the keg.

Like others, I prefer the vibe and ambiance of the Alibi Room, but won't be likely to skip a stop here when visiting Vancouver.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MaximumYuks
3.78/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of VashonGuy
4.06/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

This was the best beer joint we visited on our Vancouver vacation (but we didn't get to the Alibi Room). It's got the vibe of a friendly neighborhood joint, one that just happens to have a ton of beer choices. There are many many taps, around 40 I'd say. They had an excellent diversity of styles and brewers, most from BC, but a few well chosen ones from the US (including Modern Times!). The quality of the beer we had was first rate. They offer tasting flights. The food was very good. The place wasn't too noisy in the middle of the afternoon, but it was easy to see that it could get noisy, once it was more crowded.

We were staying near Stanley Park, and drove over. It was worth the effort, getting away from central Vancouver, and the drive (or SkyTrain) isn't too bad.

We visited St. Augustine's in November, but I misplaced my notes, so I'm now writing this up a few months after the fact.

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Photo of flyerzrule
4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Both bar tenders were super friendly, helpful, and most importantly knowledgable about beer. I believe many of the bartenders are cicerone certified servers. They carry 50-60 beers on tap, and skew heavy on local BC beer, although there were some California beers as well. The website actually tells you how much is left in each keg although I didn't see anything indicating this at the bar. For food, I had the lamburger and side salad which were both delicious. The food is not cheap, but not overpriced for the quality. The beers are very reasonably priced. The bartenders seems to know everyone else at the bar, so I guess there are a lot of regulars here since St. Augustine's isn't located in downtown Vancouver (although its only a few stops on the Skytrain) but I certainly felt welcomed. I plan to return soon!

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Photo of westcoastbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great place to sample beer and eat. They regularly rotate over 60 taps, offer sampler trays and have some very good quality food. They have a board that shows approximately what's left on every keg. If you want a good place to sample lots of beer and grab a bite to eat, I recommend this one!

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Photo of kristinc
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Beer selection? Fucking awesome. SO MANY GREAT BEERS ON TAP. Staff? No complaints. Atmosphere? Not my kind of place. It's noisy, and forget about getting a table when hockey's on. Can't I have beer without the hockey? I guess not - beer and hockey are Canada's two national sports. Still, though, excellent beer selection, and I love that they have an up-to-date list online and on a screen by the bar of what's on tap and how much is left. Too bad about the crappy glassware though.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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2/5  rDev -50.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of ZachT
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Photo of TriggerFingers
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place is not a tourist spot. Its not near your hotel. With that said, some great things are worth seeking out. My wife and I purchased daily skytrain passes and spent most of the day on the other side of Vancouver. Well, we decided to head over to St. Augustine's in the evening by taking the skytrain (kind of like BART if you are from the Bay) to east Vancouver.

The Good: its roughly two blocks from the skytrain station. Hop off, get some brews and food, get back on the skytrain and before you know if you are back in downtown.
The Bad: its not in the best of neighborhoods to be in at night-- certain parts of the East Bay come to mind (not rough, but just know whats going on around you-- got it? ok!).

I read that this was the other place to check out while in Vancouver (the other being The Alibi Room). Both have similar selections, but this place is more of a trendy sports bar environment. We barely got a table, because of the Canucks playoff game. This is definitely a LOCALS type of place (odds are no people from the convention center are going to be here).

Service was good, but the waitress was definitely all over trying to keep pints full and people fed. Beers were great, food was better than most pub grub fare that I have had.

All in all, a good place to get a beer. I prefer The Alibi Room, but only because it was much more chill. You can't go wrong with either- try them both like I did and decide for yourself. If I had to choose one, it would be The Alibi Room.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Somewhat underrated place, visited with Rutager.
Lots of taps, and a good cask was tapped while visiting on a Monday. Good cross-section of B.C. and a few U.S. taps such as Deschites and Bear Republic. Reflecting some good choices. Very unique flashing video of what percentage of each beer was still available. Away from the downtown core, and not far from the best private stores. Service was instant and then not at all. The only way around this is to know what you want the second you sit down, or Ask & Wait. Quiet midway, very busy late aft when Vancouverites get off from work.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.98/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

A: Kind of like a wide open school cafeteria atmosphere with big screen televisions everywhere. Not a lot of money went into decorating this place. Avoid this place at all costs during UFC nights if you are not a fan.

Q: The quality has been consistently good.

S: The service isn't always the best here as the female servers can be inattentive and lazy at times.

S: Great selection of beer, although it is not as consistent as The Alibi Room. They now have screens which show what percentage of beer is left in each keg which I have yet to see anywhere else.

F: The food I have had here has been okay. But my girlfriend says the meals she has had here have been good.

V: Value is not bad all things considered.

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4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Next to the Alibi Room for sheer awesomeness in beer selection this is tops. However it's definitely a much different vibe. In an odd location, with it's fair share of sketch's hanging around the neighbourhood (similar to the Alibi). The bar is geared more towards the sports crowd with the large number of big screens, and cavernous set up. Not my thing, but it sure sits well with many others.

We were there late in the afternoon, so it was not crowded and no problem getting a seat at the bar. Excellent and knowledgeable service, talkative and friendly locals, and a tap list that (almost) makes me willing to move to Vancouver and put up with the rain and traffic.

Monday's are Cask Night - with this one featuring a blend from Crannog. The tap list on this particular day looked something like this:

Rogue XS IPA
Lost Coast 20th Anniversary
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball
North Coast Scrimshaw
Upright Five
Crannog Insurrection IPA
Red Racer IPA
Elysian Red
Storm Brewing Lambic
Central City Oatmeal Stout
Noble Pig Belgian Ale (an excellent new brewpub in Kamloops)

Plus 30 other taps - how the hell can you not come here. This is a must stop while in town, and worth the effort to get to even if you're staying downtown.

As noted below the glassware could use a step up, and apparently on nights that either hockey or the UFC is on you'll be hard pressed to find a seat.

Vancouverites you are sure lucky.

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St. Augustine's in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Place rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 26 ratings