Greta YVR: What to expect at Vancouver’s new arcade bar
Ready to take it to the next level on your next party? Gastown is now home to a new adults-only arcade bar called Greta, which is full of new and retro games, drinks, and a fun food truck-inspired menu.
Greta took over the sprawling ground floor space at 50 W Cordova St, which served as The Bourbon’s popular watering hole for many years, and opened its doors at the very end of April.
Hailing from Alberta, Greta’s first store opened in Calgary in 2018, followed soon after by an outpost in Edmonton. The Vancouver location has been in the works since pre-pandemic, but it wasn’t until this year that things really took shape for the brand at its new branch in YVR.
Greta’s team has been hard at work remodeling The Bourbon space, outfitting the huge room and its cozy exposed brick walls with large, bold and vibrant murals by Vancouver artists. The eye-catching, Instagram-worthy art is also one of the reasons you’ll want to take a game break in each of Greta’s multiple individual gender-neutral bathrooms: they’ve commissioned a different local artist to adorn the walls of each bathroom, and each comes with a descriptive sign.
What’s on the menu at Greta?
The giant kitchen has been stripped down and the Greta set up – where they run a playful menu of dishes using around 95% scratch-off components – has the appearance of a food truck. The games and food trucks are actually all of Greta’s vibe (a visual mashup is even their logo), so it’s no surprise they designed the walk-in order window to look like a real one. food truck parked in the room.
On the menu are puffy bar bites, as well as brighter and cooler options, created under the direction of Greta YVR Chef Tomoki Yamasaki. Dive into plates of appies like pulled pork taquitos, Korean or Vietnamese style wings, or fried chicken “street nuggets” with pickles, or opt for filling bowls like a “pokeman” tuna bowl ” inspired by the poke or the “health care” salad loaded with fresh vegetables and quinoa. On the “handheld” side, there’s a spicy fried chicken burger or a “butty” fish-and-chip sandwich, or Greta’s signature burger smash, plus fried churros for dessert and sides like small salads and fries. Large groups can order special platters for 10 people or more 48 hours before their reservation.
For libations, gamers can choose from house cocktails (or anything from the full bar), as well as wines by the glass or bottle, and domestic, imported, or local craft beers on tap or in bottled/canned. And yes, you can sip White Claws, canned cocktails like Ole’s paloma or margarita, as well as non-alcoholic options.
How to enter the game(s)
Customers can either make a table reservation (with table service) or call Greta as a walk-in person. Games are accessed using reloadable tap-and-play cards, and there are plenty of games to choose from. We’re talking Guitar Hero, Mario Kart arcade, Pinball, Pac-Man, The Simpsons and Skeeball – just to get started. Some games issue tickets for payouts, which are redeemable at the store for Greta swag – that is, beanies and tees with Greta chocolate bars made by Vancouver’s Hype Chocolates. Games are spread throughout the venue, including the “back bar” area, which is preceded by a dance floor for some weekend night moves.
Thanks to a grandfathered liquor license from The Bourbon, Greta is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. on weeknights and from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The flip side is that the license means there are only 19+ so kids have to stay home. But that’s okay: you deserve to have fun without kids.
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