FINALLY: Stanley Park Brewing restaurant and brewpub opens this month

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It’s been a long time coming for the latest endeavour in a legendary space in Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park, but we finally have an opening date set for the new brewpub in the old Fish House space.

Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub announced Friday they will be open to the public on July 29.

@stanleyparkbrew/Instagram

This brewpub has been three years in the works – though the storied Fish House had closed up a year prior. In 2016 the Board accepted a proposal from Stanley Park Brewing to put a brewpub-style restaurant on the site. And then the wait began.

The proposed business seems logical–an onsite microbrewery in a city known for craft beer by a business that shares its name with the historic park. However there have been numerous complications and concerns raised from various contingencies.

One objection had been focused on the notion of glorifying drinking in a the family-friendly park space – though the Vancouver Park Board wisely pointed out that there’s been a restaurant in that space since 1949, and they served alcohol, too.

Then there are those who dislike the company making the beer. This is an an objection to Stanley Park the place linking arms with Stanley Park the brewer, the latter of which is actually one smaller cog in the larger machinery of Labatt, which is owned by AB InBev, and the “AB” stands for…Anheuseur-Busch.

A log bar installed inside the brewpub space. Stanley Park Brewing/Facebook

But in early 2018, the Park Board indicated the project was proceeding, and so it did – slowly – and the brew biz transformed the former seafood restaurant space into a modern brewpub.

And summer did seem the likely time for the space to open; at the kickstart of 2019, our friends at our sibling publication, The Growler, included Stanley Park’s brewpub as one of their picks for the 29 most anticipated B.C. brewery openings of 2019.

So the final countdown is on – at long last!

We can expect to find a pretty tricked-out new space that pays homage to the park and the natural environment, a full-service kitchen, tasting room, patios, small batch beers brewed on site, and a swag shop.

Inside Stanley Park Brewing’s restaurant and brewpub space in April 2019. Stanley Park Brewing/Facebook

The Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub is located at the Beach Avenue entrance of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA 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 // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom