New Beer Hall Offers Extensive Craft Beer Selection, Ballpark-inspired Fare, Interactive Games Room and Big-League Sports Action
The latest high-profile project for Gooseneck Hospitality – the Vancouver-based team behind Wildebeest, Bufala and Lucky Taco that includes respected restaurateurs James Iranzad and Josh Pape and new partner Nick Miller – Bells and Whistles features seating for 150 guests in its 3,000-sq.-ft dining room and a vintage-yet-fresh design that offers plenty of natural light and nostalgic touches.
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight for dine-in or take-out, the beer hall offers a full bar, elevated-yet-approachable menu, an interactive table games room with complimentary happy hour plays from 2 to 5 p.m. daily, and two state-of-the-art ultra-HD 4K projection screens showing the best big-league sports action in the city.
At the bar, Bells and Whistles offer 19 draught lagers, ales and ciders, including local craft beers, rare gems from celebrated international breweries, and an eponymous hoppy ‘Bells and Whistles’ pale ale custom created by Delta’s Four Winds Brewing. The drink menu also includes a selection of B.C. wine and always-double cocktails on tap, including a signature, hopped Buffalo Trace Bourbon Old Fashioned stirred to perfection and served on the rocks.
The Bells and Whistles kitchen boasts a diverse menu of locally and ethically sourced fare created by Executive Chef Alessandro Vianello and features snacks and starters; gourmet ‘big’ salads with house-made dressings; short rib, brisket, and chuck burgers; chicken or fresh fish sandwiches served on custom milk buns; stadium-inspired sides like garlic fries, onion rings and ballpark chili; as well as rotating ice cream cones, sundaes and floats with made-from-scratch soft-serve from Foothills Creamery.
With décor designed by Ricky Alvarez of Tinto Creative and constructed by Milltown Contracting, Bells and Whistles conjures up a subtle vintage sports vibe thanks to touches like wooden picnic table-style dining room seating, a marquee-style wrap-around wall tap list, and a custom-milled fir bar top that hearkens back to the glory days of the Boston Garden’s fabled parquet floor. The space is also accented with hand-dipped glass fixtures, hanging plants and a streetwise mural created by local artist Alex Usow a.k.a. ‘Rhek’.
“All of us at Gooseneck are big sports fans and it’s been a dream of ours to one day open a unique and accessible beer hall and casual food concept,” says Iranzad. “To be able to do it in Cedar Cottage – an exciting, up-and-coming neighbourhood that we also call home – makes it a perfect fit.”
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ABOUT BELLS AND WHISTLES | Located in the heart of Vancouver’s burgeoning Fraserhood/Cedar Cottage district, Bells and Whistles is a casual dining and beer hall concept that offers up 3,000-sq.-ft. of space with seating for 150, and interactive games room and big screens showing the best local and international big-league sports action in the city. The latest project from the team behind Gooseneck Hospitality, which has also opened such award-winning Vancouver restaurants as Wildebeest, Bufala and Lucky Taco, Bells and Whistles brings together the best of the local brewery scene as well as import beers, craft ciders, cocktails and wine exclusively on tap and a menu of homespun, locally and ethically sourced dishes such as gourmet burgers and sandwiches, salads and ballpark-friendly fare like chili, nachos, and garlic fries as well as a selection of real-milk soft serve cones, sundaes and floats.
All images: photo credit Johnathan Norton