October 30, 2017

GRUB | Beer and Games x Bells and Whistles x Fraserhood

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver

Fraserhood—(October 4, 2017) From the team behind restaurants like Wildebeest (team Gooseneck Hospitality) comes the new Bells and Whistles neighbourhood sports bar and eatery located on Fraser Street just south of Kingsway in East Vancouver.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver

One of the first details and features you'll notice is the bright and vibrant games backroom with token-operated ski ball and basketball hoops. It's a nice touch among many in the well-designed and open space.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver

B&W's eclectic food lineup feels deceptively simple yet thickly layered and more complex in execution. Take the all-day breakfast sandwich (with maple sausage pork patty, American cheese, hash browns, fried egg, and fries) for example. Devised as a basic morning brunch sandwich enjoyed and served for anytime of day, its construction, taste, and heartiness mimics a gourmet burger with its all-out decadence superbly.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver

The main attraction aside from the clean lines, brightly basic decor, and inviting sports bar vibe is its crazy selection of craft beers—nineteen draught lagers, ales, and ciders including a custom "Bells and Whistles" pale ale from Four Winds Brewing—and nice cocktail program mixed with a welcoming neigbourhood pub vibe.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver
amaretto sour (with rye and aromatic bitters)
The style for the 3,000-square-foot, 120-seat bar is of an elevated diner meets beer hall with very thoughtfully twisted, refined takes on classic comfort food staples.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver
Photo credit | Nora H. / NomNomYVR
Thus far, the cocktails are varied and on point. From a dark and stormy (with rum, lime, bitters, garnished with cinnamon and coconut) to a whisky-based sour, the drinks are a mostly a fine balance of boozy delightfulness to hints of fruity sweetness and classic concoctions.

Bells and Whistles | Fraser Street, Vancouver
nachos grande (with aged cheddar, beef chili, corn, guacamole, chipotle salsa, pickled onions, jalapeƱos, and olives)
It's hard to describe the little touches and takes on pub fare mixed with fairly typical western dishes with a host of other influences.

It's easy to see how many beers, snacks, and good times will be had at Bells and Whistles. Its simple but apt name lives up as the moniker accurately expresses the finer details and fixings attached to its seemingly straightforward menu and service.

More | YVArcade / Scout / StraightVan Mag

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