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The Dunbar Public House

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Dunbar Pub drink crowd Palla MediaWhere Friends Gather.

For the past nine years The Dunbar Public House has been Dunbar’s hang out. Dima Mekhlis is the soft-spoken, friendly owner of this restaurant where locals drop in to enjoy a bite to eat, have a drink and watch a game on one of the establishment’s three flat screen TVs.

The corner restaurant is a wonderful spot to meet for dinner before or after a movie at Dunbar Theatre.

It has a pub-like feel but is completely family friendly; for many years it was a diner. Dima says, “Many of those patrons grew up and progressed from milkshakes to beer.” Long term Dunbar residents may remember the location was previously a bike shop and a pharmacy.

The wall is decorated with an assortment of jerseys, including hockey, soccer and baseball. The Dunbar Public House staff is always happy to tune in to whatever sporting event customers’ request. Dima admits his favourite team is the Canucks, especially during playoff season.

Originally from Ukraine, Dima spent his high school and college years in Israel. He has lived in Vancouver for the past 18 years and is the proud father of two daughters.

Dunbar Pub drink burger Palla MediaThe menu highlights pub fare. The house-made hamburgers are the restaurant’s specialty, and what goes better with a burger and fries than a nice cold beer? Some of the featured items include the 29th Ave Burger (in honour of their location at Dunbar Street and West 29th Avenue) with goat cheese and avocado. Also on the menu you will find the lamb burger, the Cajun chicken and tuna burgers and the veggie burger with sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese.

Sandwiches, house-made soup and salads and tempting appies including nachos, chicken tenders, perogies, poutine, pork dry ribs and steamed edamame are also available.

Dunbar Pub drink nachos Palla MediaIn addition to the lunch and dinner menu, The Dunbar Public House offers a brunch menu every Saturday and Sunday between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (and on statutory holidays). A veggie omelette is offered along with eggs Benedict, Montreal meat hash, steak or bacon and eggs, or the Dunbar skillet (veggies, two poached eggs, hollandaise, with your choice of bacon, chorizo, BBQ pulled pork, or smoked salmon). Add a mimosa or a craft Caesar if you like to kick-start your day!

Check out the board to see the daily specials (drinks and food) and don’t miss happy hour every day from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. until closing. Open seven days a week until midnight (until 1:00 a.m. Thursday through Saturday), this is one of Dunbar’s only late night hangouts.

Dunbar Pub drink beer Palla MediaThe Dunbar Public House serves eight draft beers and also is a keen supporter of local craft beers. In total there are 21 bottled beers to choose from. Patrons can look forward to light ales as the summer months approach.

Enticing draft cocktails include the Snake Bite (Strongbow cider, Howe Sound lager and blackcurrant juice) and the Creamsicle (Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc and a shot of Absolut Mandarin). Regular cocktails such as the Bicycle (Vanilla Stoli mixed with lemonade) and the Stress Reliever (vodka, dark rum, peach schnapps, cranberry and orange juice) are sure to wet your whistle.

What makes this restaurant stand out? Dima says, “I believe it is my friendly staff; many are long time employees.”

Dunbar Pub drink Dima Mekhlis Palla MediaHis staff is a group of energetic young people who help to provide an exciting and eclectic environment. Some of them are locals while others come from other parts of Canada and around the globe.

“As a long term community restaurant we care about the neighbourhood.” Dima Mekhlis

He adds, “It’s all about team effort here. The neighbourhood is very special too.” Many customers live in the area and are loyal customers. Dima enjoys his role in offering an environment where good memories are created.

Mark your calendar for Mother’s Day and treat mum to brunch. Close down the home kitchen – breakfast in bed is nice – but going out and having the option to order off a menu earns brownie points!

Dunbar Pub drink 4497 Palla MediaThe south facing patio is a popular place to sit year round thanks to the overhead heaters. People watch, enjoy the sun, wave to your neighbours as they pass by, and best of all, if you are a local, stroll home after a drink and meal. After all, that’s the beauty of having a local public house in your community.

The Dunbar Public House
4497 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC V6S 2G4
Telephone 604-222-9922

New District

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

new-district-wine-farrell-kearney-hampson-thorpe-dunbar-life-palla-mediaFrom Vineyard to Table

The south end of Dunbar has recently gained a bit of a Main Street feel with New District wine shop having moved into the neighbourhood.

New District opened in May 2016 and is a full service liquor store with a difference – 98% of the wines they sell are not available in government liquor stores. Their goal is to shine the spotlight on small and medium sized wineries that may otherwise not be carried in larger stores due to the volume they would need to produce.

If you have gone on an Okanagan wine tour and returned home hoping to find that gem you tasted and fell in love with, you may very well find it at New District, and if you don’t, they will try their best to special order it (by the case is best!). The shop also carries wines from around the world that you won’t commonly find elsewhere.

“Every wine has a story behind it, and we are great storytellers at New District.” Isaac Hampson-Thorpe

Here you will also find beer – both larger brand names and craft beer – and craft spirits. New District carries products from 20 different B.C. distilleries such as G&W Distilling, Long Table, Odd Society, Shelter Point and Victoria Spirits.

The interior of the store is beautiful and takes advantage of the shop’s high ceilings. Wine and spirits are displayed on tall custom shelves, industrial glass pendant lights hang from the ceiling, and rich coloured wood flooring conjures thoughts of wine barrels.

Tables are elegantly displayed with specials and themed selections to help make your search for the perfect bottle even easier, however you will never feel at a loss as New District is staffed with wine experts who are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about wine. All of the staff are certified wine educators, but also have other talents: one is a pastry chef, another is certified sommelier, two are bartenders, and a number are former wine store managers; they can help direct you to the perfect bottle.

new-district-wine-1-dunbar-life-palla-mediaStore manager Isaac Hampson-Thorpe got an early start in the business. Family ties in B.C.’s wine country (Naramata) allowed him to spend time in the region and once he started working in a winery he never turned back. He has worked on both the retail side and as an agent and is currently enrolled at Sonoma State University, perfecting his industry acumen in the Wine Business Management program.

Like all of New District’s staff, Hampson-Thorpe is passionate about wine. He says, “New District is big on educating people, and simplifying the enjoyment of wine.”

One of the company’s secret weapons is DJ Kearney, New District’s director of wine. Multi-talented, she is a certified sommelier, wine educator, wine writer, judge, presenter and classically trained chef.

Kearney comments, “We are a strong team at New District. Isaac and I collaborate on the wine buying and merchandising. Our sales team are vastly experienced and dedicated to providing supreme customer service and a great shopping experience.“

“We are much more than the physical store however, with an online e-commerce store so customers can opt to shop from home or work.” DJ Kearney

Their beautiful website offers curated wine selections, giving customers a mix of B.C.’s best, compiled by Kearney. New District does the legwork for you, to expertly hone in on the world of wine. A weekly email newsletter keeps customers informed of what’s new in store.

new-district-wine-2-dunbar-life-palla-mediaNot only can you order online, New District will also deliver to your home year round (including the holiday season – and that strikes one errand off your busy to-do list). Orders of $200 or more qualify for free delivery.

Having experienced a busy Thanksgiving, the New District staff is excited about the upcoming festive season. For the wine connoisseur on your gift-giving list, or to stock up for a busy month of entertaining and parties, New District’s advent calendar showcases 25 different wines and will be available in November.

The word is quickly spreading that New District is the new wine store in Dunbar. Hampson-Thorpe mentions, “Many locals are connecting with the store. Others are coming from across the city.”

The official grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 and promises to be a fun-filled event with wine tastings and an opportunity to meet the New District team. If you miss the opening you can always drop by for weekly beer tastings (Fridays) and wine tastings (Sundays), hosted by Assistant Manager Martin Farrell.

Hampson-Thorpe concludes, “Dunbar is a community that enjoys wine and spirits. It’s an exciting time for us. It’s a great neighbourhood and we are really happy to be here.”

New District
5650 Dunbar Street
Vancouver, BC V6N 1W7

Pacific Spirits Liquor Store

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Matt Kettlewell, operating partner of Pacific Spirits Liquor Store, comes from a family with a long history as publicans. His maternal grandparents and great grandparents owned pubs and hotels in Australia and his father, John Kettlewell, continued the tradition on Canadian soil.

John Kettlewell moved to Canada in 1971 with his wife and their first-born child. Matt Kettlewell and his three other siblings were born in Canada. In 1981 John Kettlewell purchased his first pub, The Brass Rail, in Coquitlam, which was later renamed Roo’s. Subsequently, he became involved with many other pubs throughout the Lower Mainland. Other family members joined him along the way including Matt Kettlewell, his brother Damian Kettlewell, and their brother-in-laws, Geoff Dear and Mike McKee. They are all now operating partners of the seven liquor stores and two pubs associated with the JAK Group, which formed in 2010.

While Matt Kettlewell was a student at the University of Victoria he contemplated prospective careers. He was attracted to joining the RCMP or becoming a firefighter, however he was diverted from these ideas when he began working as a bartender at his father’s second business, The Elephant Walk. He quickly realized that he was drawn to the exciting hospitality industry and gradually took on larger roles within the pub and the attached liquor store, until he was managing both businesses and eventually became a financial partner.

In October 2012 the JAK Group took over as the new owners of Pacific Spirits Liquor Store. Matt Kettlewell is also the operating partner of the East Side Liquor Store and has financial interest in the Granville Liquor Store and 152 Liquor Store. He spends his time between the Dunbar and East Side shops.

At Pacific Spirits you will find an outstanding selection of B.C. and international wine. They carry VQA, organic, sparking and ice wine, in addition to refrigerated wine ready to take home or pick up en route to a dinner party.

With prices ranging from $11 to $100 Matt Kettlewell indicates you can find some great bottles in the $15 to $20 category. His personal favorites are Joie Farm and Kettle Valley Winery, both located on the Naramata Bench. Recently Matt Kettlewell and staff members Ginny Goodwin (wine consultant) and Erik Futrell-Fruhling (store supervisor) went on a road trip to visit Naramata wineries. They came across some amazing producers that they hope to carry in the future (La Frenz Winery is on the wish list).

Each week Pacific Spirits shines the spotlight on select wines. These weekly picks are displayed on a barrel and are poured for tasting every Sunday between 4 to 7 p.m.

In addition to the impressive wine selection, there is a very good representation of craft and import beer. In November seasonal winter beers make their debut including Driftwood, Phillips and Moon Under Water (all from Vancouver Island) and Parallel 49 (made in East Vancouver). The store also stocks gluten-free beer brewed by Lakefront Brewery (New Grist) and Bard’s (Dragon’s Gold), as well as organic beer from Mill Street Brewery (made in Toronto). You will find chilled beer, ciders and coolers in the beer case.

As the cleverly named store implies, with its location near Pacific Spirit Regional Park, there is also a selection of spirits sold. Matt Kettlewell points out that many of the wines they carry come directly from the wineries, and approximately 70 percent of the products are not found in government liquor stores.

December is a busy time at Pacific Spirits as holiday entertaining commences and gift giving begins. Red wines (Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon) are strong sellers at this time of the year, along with sparking wines, while white wine sales tend to spike during the summer months.

Pacific Spirits is pleased to share a few of their top wine picks for the holidays. Three Joie Farm wines are high on their list of recommendations including the Riesling 2012, which features a touch of sweetness, and moderate alcohol levels in support of aromas and flavours of citrus and tropical fruit, flowers and spice. Rieslings are extremely food-friendly thanks to their acidity, which can cut through heavy sauces and flavours. From fried chicken and smoked meat, to fish and spicy Chinese, to Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, Riesling will pair perfectly.

Joie Farm’s Pinot Noir 2011 offers a complex, well-balanced, fruit forward style, with pleasant acidity and a rich texture. The captivating floral, herbal and blueberry aromas explode with black cherry and clove spice. The pairing of Pinot with lamb is pure heaven and game flavours such as duck, pork and veal thrive with this grape. A salmon filet, a roasted chicken, any type of mushrooms, or Christmas dinner with all the trimmings will delight a Pinot.

Rosé is often considered to be a summer sipper, however Joie Farm’s Rosé 2012 dispels that notion and becomes a year round wine to pair with a wide range of food (think garlic shrimp, tuna, grilled chicken). This beautiful Rosé is inspired by the Pinot Noir and Gamay-based Rosés of the Loire Valley. The bright watermelon hue anticipates the intense aromas of strawberries, raspberries and dried sage.

To ring in the New Year consider popping open a bottle of Summerhill Cipes Brut 2012, which has won gold medals every year since it was introduced in 1991. Sparkling wine is traditionally served as an aperitif but can be a worthy accompaniment to almost any meal. Cipes Brut is a beautiful Riesling and Chardonnay-based traditional method sparkling wine with aromas of apple, lime, pear, almonds and grapefruit. On the palate it exhibits crisp acidity, a soft creamy mousse and a long finish.

Liquor stores can sometimes be overwhelming places to visit if you don’t know what you are looking for, however Ginny Goodwin and Erik Futrell-Fruhling are both happy to assist. They are experts in their field and are passionate about wine. You will leave Pacific Spirits with the perfect wine for your palate, or for gift giving. I speak from first hand experience as Futrell-Fruhling helped me choose a wine for Thanksgiving dinner (Joie’s Pinot Noir) and it was a crowd pleaser!

Pacific Spirits Liquor Store
4474 Dunbar Street
Vancouver BC V6S 2G5
Telphone: 604-738-1299