The Rumpus Room is open, and it’s the ultimate hangout spot (PHOTOS)

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They’re ba-aaaaack! After months–years, really–of waiting, Vancouver finally has The Rumpus Room back, and it’s definitely the ultimate hangout spot already.

You will recognize the address as what was formerly The Foundation, but you won’t recognize the room–except if you knew and loved the old Rumpus Room a little further south on Main Street. Basically it looks like the grooviest throwback funkified basement, wood paneling and all.

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The bar at The Rumpus Room (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Kitschy curtains hang on the windows, there are cozy couches, a small bar, amber pendant lights, and tons of board games and other collectables scattered throughout.

It’s a small room, and fills up fast, especially since to get things going, Rumpus Room has been running just from noon to 8 pm daily as a quiet soft launch phase to get their all-new staff fully trained. Eventually, co-owner Rachel Zottenberg tells Vancouver Is Awesome, they will start to expand the opening and closing hours as well as work in brunch service.

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Rumpus Caesar, spicy with gin (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

What’s so terrific about a spot like Rumpus Room is that it is relaxed and playful enough to work as a spot to take kids or to meet up with friends or for a date.

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There are novelty soda pops to enjoy on their own, or souped up with some booze for the grown ups. You can customize your Caesar with the sprit of your choice (highly recommend going for the gin), or get really naughty with their Long Island Iced Tea.

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The best fried pickles (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

When it comes to the food, there’s stuff for everyone on the menu, though it definitely skews to the deep fried zone, but boy oh boy do they do it well. The Rumpus Room has really mastered the simple art of the corn dog, and their fried pickles are a dilly of a delight–definitely the best in town. The Peanut Butter Burger is back, though this time it’s got a fruity punch with a raspberry-based sauce–a nice balance to the bacon and, yep, PB.

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Mini corn dogs (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Of course there are chicken and waffles, and an ooey, gooey broccoli mac and cheese–served in a skillet with a biscuit on the side. For a twist on your usual side of fries go for the Sesame fries for a fusion twist. And while the burger menu is pretty stacked, vegetarians will rejoice that there’s a veggie chili and a veggie burger to chow down on.

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Broccoli mac and cheese (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

Although Vancouver takes itself pretty seriously when it comes to fresh veggies and upscale eats, there’s definitely room at the table for a spot that is all about good times with friends and family, a laid back space, and seriously good comfort food. Welcome back, Rumpus Room!

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Fried chicken bites (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)
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Peanut Butter Burger (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)
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Inside the Rumpus Room (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)
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Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome

The Rumpus Room is located at 2301 Main Street in Mount Pleasant. During soft launch, they’re open daily from noon to 8 pm. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with their opening and hours.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome. A fifth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where ahe earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com