Restaurant Reviews #3 – Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar | A Classic Restaurant with an All-Day Happy Hour
For today, we’ll be taking a look at and reviewing the Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar. Located in Downtown Vancouver inside of the Waterfront station, this stylish restaurant and bar made quite the impression on me. Very conveniently located and they also have quite the happy hour menu which we will dive into. This is a place where in non-Covid times, you can tell it would be buzzin inside. But I really liked the vibes in there and I will be going back very soon. Not to mention that they have an all-day happy hour Saturday and Sunday which is very rare. So let’s get into the review.
In terms of food, Rogue isn’t shy about making quality food for decent prices. The regular menu is priced appropriately in terms of “bang for your buck”. Everything on the menu is worth every dollar. You won't have to feel guilty about spending money here, especially knowing that you’ll be receiving quality food with decent portions. The happy hour menu bumps this “bang for your buck” aspect up a notch, as their prices drop a nice amount. Some examples include : Fish Tacos dropping from $6.49 to $4.49, Salt and Pepper Dry Ribs drop from $11.99 to $7.99, and Poutine drops from $11.99 to $8.99. Not only do some of the food items lower in price, but the happy hour also opens up 3 new options through the “Happy Hour Exclusive” section.
Bao Buns : Asian styled sliders with 3 different options of fillings.
Ahi Tuna Cups : Tuna with asian coleslaw and pineapple salsa in a crispy wonton cup.
Half Nachos : A variety of toppings on top of crispy tortilla chips.
For more info on the menu, visit their website to browse the whole selection.
Do’s and Dont’s
Get a taco. You won’t regret trying one of their tacos for sure. Get a taste of every kind if you want, especially if you want to try a lot of new things.
Avoid the basic foods like wings and poutine where you can find them at other places. Unless you really enjoy these bar foods, I would highly recommend trying something you haven’t before.
Try the Bao Buns. Unreal taste and a great asian flare which I highly recommend.
Like I mentioned before, all-day happy hour Saturday and Sunday and they have lots to drink. The bar offers around 20 beers on tap so they have a wide variety for all beer enthusiasts. On their happy hour menu, they have an 18oz session lager which is reasonably priced at $6. The beer does the trick if you wanna enjoy something cheap but definitely not anything I haven’t had before. They show the discount on the happy hour from the actual menu which is nice. Most items are about 2 to 3 dollars off so nothing crazy but it can add up over time if you are staying for a while. If you do want to try some other beers, they have pitchers which are 2 dollars off so you can grab a taste of something else. I didn’t check out the wine much but it looked like they had a great selection of it as well it was 3 dollars off 9oz glass so not too bad. Now we get into the highballs and the cocktails. At 8 bucks for a double highball, a little more on the higher side especially for a happy hour drink. Earls has highballs for just over $6 dollars so maybe not the play but they prepared it very well and it was very refreshing. They offer a Craft Mule for which they use a local Vancouver ginger beer. They also have a very cool Pink Lemonade Vodka drink and one drink that I found quite interesting which is an Agave Margarita. I had to look up what Agave was but it is some sort of syrup that is very sweet. I don’t make the rules of what goes into a drink but it was really good and I would recommend it.
Do’s and Don’ts
If you're planning on having more than one beer, grab a happy hour pitcher. You save a couple bucks and it’s easy to share with whoever.
Try a cocktail. Especially on their happy hour, they have a few interesting drinks that you can give a try and they are all reasonably priced.
Avoid getting highballs. Unless you really want to have one, you can definitely find a place with a better highball deal.