“Playing Games” at Guilt and Company

Guilt and Company

This is one guilty pleasure you don’t have to feel guilty about.

As in any city there is always a new buzz place that everyone is talking about. At this point in time in Vancouver one of the places to be for drinks, after work or late at night, is Guilt and Company.

Located in historic cobble stone lined streets of Gastown, it’s a 7-minute walk from the Skytrain or in my experience a 10-minute walk if you’re in heels.

the playful staff at Guilt and Co

I was there last Friday with a few friends and I got to say, it lives up to the hype. The vibe is super chill from the hip host that greets you as you walk in to the crowd that gathers.

One of the refreshing things about this bar is that on a Friday night with single people around, everyone is “playing games”, board games that is. With over 20 games to choose from there is Boggle, Scrabble and the piéce de résistance, a large wood Jenga set located in the back room. This place is bringing that family room feel “out on the town” in a big way!

Take a look at the Jenga action:


The live music is indie and brings together artists on stage for what they call “roulette”. The musicians create and collaborate on stage, delivering a unique performance each time. The food is tapas inspired, antipastos, cheese plate; it’s a place for light eating for the most part; there is not a large dinner menu. I ordered a longboat chocolate porter and it was one of the best beers I’ve had in my life – proving yet again to me that chocolate can “fit in” anywhere.

Longboat chocolate porter

There is entertainment the rest of the week as well; Tuesday there is a risqué cabaret show, Wednesday night is comedy and Sunday there is a fashion show.

Since it’s a popular place, it’s best to get there before 8 p.m. or you can also make a reservation for large parties. Price range is $10 to $30.

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