Our travel guide from the The Landsea Tour Company recommended this place. He said that this place was a great place to eat for moderate prices. In addition, he mentioned it had live entertainment Therefore, after his tour was over we had him drop us off at this eatery and bar.
When you arrive here you notice the enormous picture windows, the neutral colored awning and the outside, attractive patio area for dining. It appeared to be well-kept. There were vinyl tablecloths on the tables and nice new-looking patio umbrellas. In addition, this outside dining area was a great place to people watch. This is because this restaurant is on Commercial Drive and this is where a lot of diverse people are: the different ethic groups, the local artists, street performers, and vagabonds.
This restaurant and bar is named after writer, poet and well-known booze-lover Charles Bukowski. You can witness how this poet, writer influenced the atmosphere here. This place oozes both the literary and art world. One, our table top like others near ours had table-top literary quotes and black and white photos of famous writers. Two, I noticed on the walls there were several charcoal abstract drawings drawn by local artists and photography pictures which could be purchased. Three, on the third floor of this restaurant there were bookshelf-lined walls. Lastly, this place offers poetry readings and various live entertainments.
This bistro has three levels if you count the entrance area and a few tables that are there. We were seated on the second floor area. Our booth had clothed seats in multi-color, encased in wood. The wood was painted yellow. There were also tables with chairs for seating too. The lighting fixtures on this level were shaped like cylinders and were green on the outside. It provided for a dimly lit room. As I looked around further on this seating level, I noticed the ceiling here. It was quite intriguing with a blue background and white clouds.
The third floor level was interesting to look at too. It had a ceiling that looked like it was nighttime because it was painted navy blue with yellow stars and there was two ceiling fans there. This level has a fully-stocked bar and the extensive wine and drink list is posted on a chalkboard. And the martinis, such as the Faulkner, are selected often here.
Bukowski’s is a casual bistro. The food that is served is considered fusion, eclectic. There are a variety of entrees for $10-$20. For instance, my partner Sharon ordered an open-faced prime rib sandwich on French bread. It came with lettuce, tomato, onion and a half of a pickle and fries. Sharon said the prime rib was cooked to her perfection-med rare and therefore was "tasty". This meal cost $11.95 in Canadian money. Our friend ordered BBQ Yellow Tuna. It came with rice and vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, beans, zucchini and peppers). She said it wasn’t fishy-tasting but instead tasted zesty due to the barbeque sauce. This entrée cost $16.95 in Canadian money. Lastly, I ordered sirloin topped with a sherry, green peppercorn sauce and sautéed mushrooms. This was served with garlic mashed potatoes too. I really liked this entrée. It was a little exotic tasting because of the sauce, but it was good. And the portion size was enormous, like Sharon’s and Gabi’s were. The cost of this meal was $15.95 (Canadian money).
We all ordered beer here too. Sharon and I ordered Sol, which were $5 a piece and our friend ordered Nut Brown (a dark ale beer), which was $4.49 a piece. We all thought the beers were refreshing before and after eating such a nice meal.
As aforementioned, besides serving superb food here this place has poetry readings and live entertainment daily. It offers a variety of music. This includes Latin quartets, swing bands, New Orleans jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, etc. Unfortunately, we arrived too early to hear the band play that night.
I highly recommend this bistro and bar because of the scrumptious food, attentive wait staff and the live entertainment that is available. This wonderful bar and bistro is located at 1447 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5L 2Y2. The phone number is 604/253-4770. Operation hours vary according to entertainment. Reservations are advisable here.