It was a sunny Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, when I, Wes the Waiter, found myself with a few hours to kill between shifts at one of my serving jobs. For months, I’ve been driving through the Marpole neighbourhood on south Granville Street, but I’ve never gotten around to stopping in at what appears to be the only bar in the area, The Yard. So it was then that I decided to pop in for a quick bite to eat and to check out the specials, and let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.
The Yard is a nice, welcoming pub with a real old-time neighbourhood feel. With lots of wood grain and plenty of interesting pictures and stuff on the walls, I was impressed with this little spot’s character. I took a seat at the bar and ordered today’s special, a nice sleeve of Granville Island Hefeweizen for $3.99, and worked on my crossword as the bartender Georgia serenaded the crowd as she chimed in for a few scattered lines of the various Elvis songs playing in the background. Noticing a stove located behind the bar, I jokingly asked if Georgia did the cooking here too, to which she revealed that she was, in fact, in charge of the food as well, so I ordered a salad that she whipped up right before my eyes. That’s the kind of multi-tasking we here at VanCity Drink Specials like to see.
All in all, The Yard is a pretty cool spot; quaint and homey with a nice street-front patio, this is the place to go for a drink in Marpole. According to my inside sources, The Yard even has live music a few nights a week, and it’s a sister-pub to The Fringe Café on Broadway, so if you’ve been there, expect a fairly similar vibe at The Yard. As for the specials, they are o.k., though their 3-6pm special of a pitcher of Russell Dirty Girl Pilsner with chips and salsa for $11.95 is a real steal. At the end of the day, this was a great place to spend an hour, and I’ll definitely be back the next time I’m working a split.
Until next time,
Wes the Waiter