Storm Crow Alehouse is critically hit and will close this month

Citing the impacts of closures caused by COVID, supply chain disruptions, staff shortages, construction near the Broadway SkyTrain and Omicron’s final blow, the popular nerd bar and restaurant will close later this month – ci at a date to be determined Date.

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The Storm Crow Alehouse has suffered a critical hit and will close its doors for good this month.

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Citing the impacts of closures caused by COVID, supply chain disruptions, staff shortages, construction near the Broadway SkyTrain and Omicron’s final blow, the popular nerd bar and restaurant will close later this month – ci at a date to be determined Date.

Board games and collectibles are pictured on the shelves of the Storm Crow Alehouse in Vancouver, ahead of its opening in 2015.
Board games and collectibles are pictured on the shelves of the Storm Crow Alehouse in Vancouver, ahead of its opening in 2015. Photo by Gerry Kahrmann /Vancouver sun.

“With great sorrow, we have to announce that the Storm Crow Alehouse will close its doors permanently in January,” read a statement shared on Twitter.

“It’s been almost 10 years since the Storm Crow Tavern opened in Vancouver on Commercial Drive, and we would like to thank everyone who frequented the Tavern and later the Alehouse.

“The Storm Crow has always been more than just a bar for us, and we hope it has been special in our lives as well. “

Students Cory Laing (left) Chelsea Tekonomy and Joscelyn Jackson (right) play Monopoly at the Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive in this 2014 file photo. The Commercial Drive restaurant had already closed in spring 2020.
Students Cory Laing (left) Chelsea Tekonomy and Joscelyn Jackson (right) play Monopoly at the Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive in this 2014 file photo. The Commercial Drive restaurant had already closed in spring 2020. Photo by Mark van Manen /Vancouver sun.

The Commercial Drive bar location closed in the spring of 2020, after seven years of serving drinks and themed food, following the first wave of COVID-19 closures. Meanwhile, the location of the bar in Toronto, the Storm Crow Manor, remains open to businesses across the country.

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The Alehouse, located at 1619 West Broadway, will remain “open for a few days in January, with public health orders allowing fans to have a nightcap and say goodbye.”

The bar will also auction off its quirky decor and fantastic memorabilia, for which it is well known, and use the proceeds to support staff during the shutdown.

“Thank you, Vancouver, for a great decade, and thank you to all Crow employees past and present,” the statement continued.

“They saw things, things you wouldn’t believe. And who knows? Like another mythical bird, maybe one day we will rise from its ashes in a new form, more powerful than ever!

Owner Jason Kapalka, one of the founders of PopCap Games, opened Commercial Drive’s first Storm Crow Tavern in 2012, before expanding with Broadway’s Storm Crow Alehouse in 2015 and Toronto’s Storm Crow Manor in 2018. .

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Described as “a sports bar for geeks,” the Storm Crow venues featured decor, board games, drinks and food that hinted at movies and games from across pop culture.

Their drink menu featured Romulan Ale, Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster, and their “Random Shots” menu, which featured a surprise shot chosen by rolling a 20-sided die.

Illuminated pillars decorated with movie posters inside Vancouver's Storm Crow Alehouse, shown in this 2016 file photo.
Illuminated pillars decorated with movie posters inside Vancouver’s Storm Crow Alehouse, shown in this 2016 file photo. Photo by Gerry Kahrmann /Vancouver sun.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the full-size replica of Han Solo frozen in carbonite, you’ll have to keep checking out the Storm Crow Alehouse website. As of January 3, the figure was not listed on the bar’s auction site, however, new items are added daily.

For now, you can bid on a Star Trek Klingon Bat’leth set, the Game of Thrones dog helmet, King Arthur’s shortsword, or a Fraggle-themed Mad Max: Fury Road art print. Rock by Justin Ponsor.

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