The Coppertank is a popular Kitsilano watering hole, on West Broadway. Large, wooden tables line the edges of the one room pub, with the bar lying at the centre. The unique setup works – sitting at one of the tables, you never feel like someone is watching you from behind. Because, well, they aren’t.
There’s a Lot of TV’s Isn’t There?
Depending on who’s making the comment, this could be a good thing or a bad thing. If you’re a sports fan, it’s good. Hockey games are well watched at the Coppertank, and you can get a good view of the game from anywhere.
Not a sports fan? Well, the TV’s do distract, and when the Canucks score a goal, someone is likely to sound an annoying horn and turn on a flashing red light – not the most pleasant thing when you’re trying to have a conversation.
Aside from the sports, the atmosphere is excellent. Laid back, and relaxed, but still with excellent service and a friendly crowd.
The Beer Was Good
They serve massive ‘Tank’ sized pints – 24 ounces (710ml) – which can be on special for as little as $6. Considering you pay that for a small pint in many places, that counts as good value in my books. They have an excellent selection of local and almost local beer, as well as the standard imports.
The Food Was More Than Good
As much as I enjoyed the beer, and liked the pub’s setup, the food was the highlight of the trip to the Coppertank. Had the Mole Verde Dip, which is shredded chicken in an amazingly tasty Mexican (apparently authentic) sauce, served with homemade flatbread. It was absolutely amazing – and the leftovers the next day were just as good.
Ditto the pulled pork pizza, which had the same excellent flatbread as a base. Never had pulled pork on a pizza? Neither had I – it’s time to give it a try. Trust me.
The Coppertank won me over – I’ll be back. A good selection of beer and amazing food, to go along with a good atmosphere, is enough to set itself apart from the dozen (or so) other pubs within walking distance.
It’s a good change from the nearby Wolf and Hound, and has better food, beer and/or atmosphere than most of the other pubs in the area.
If you really hate sports, avoid on Canucks game nights, but other than that, it’s a great place to spend some time.