This pub/eatery is another one that was recommended by a local man in Davie Village in Vancouver. He was a clerk at a gay man’s store and we happened to go in there. We asked him where would be a good pub that served food and lesbians hung out at. He said the piano bar called, "The Oasis". Therefore, we strolled down the street and went here.
This establishment oozes a classy ambience. It has marble-like table tops, comfortable upholstered booths and over stuffed chairs, a gorgeous heated rooftop patio, southwest décor (stucco looking walls with metal geckos and a huge metal sun burst on them) live entertainment, the piano, a food menu that is between pub and tapas style and a 200-martini list. In fact, this pub’s extensive martini list is one of the largest in the West End of Vancouver. In addition, it has over 80 garnished martinis, from the simple lemon twist to the "simply fabulous" gecko gummies. As a result, this place has become one of Vancouver’s top martini houses.
Oasis is not just for lesbians either. We saw a variety of people come in here. Some were gay-friendly couples and gay men. In addition, it appeared business people (executive suits) came in too after work. Hence, it was more of a neighborhood bar located in a gay district (Davie Village).
As mentioned earlier, this pub offers live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Therefore, you can inhale the ambience here while you sip on a Martini and listen to the sounds of the grand piano.
Concerning the bar area, it had a few stools in front of the bar. There were also tables and chairs in that area too, along with the piano. A TV is in this area as well. And this place kept a wine cabinet of wines located in the back dining room area.
Concerning the food, it is fabulous! As aforementioned, Oasis Pub offers both pub food and tapas style food. When we arrived here, we started out just ordering beer but has time laagered on we eventually ordered food. The waitress came over with the menu in a vinyl book size holder (I couldn’t believe how large their menu was and the cocktail selection). After taking several minutes reviewing it, my partner and I ordered two chicken pizzas (they were pretty small). Originally, the chicken was supposed to be BBQ, but we ordered it without that. The pizza was baked perfectly, and the chicken, spices, sauce, and vegetables were a tasty combination, especially if you like hot, spicy food.
The cost for each pizza was $14 in Canadian money. Our friend, Gabi, ordered the Avocado Mango Salad. She said the salad was delicious and the dressing on it had a fruity taste. The price of this was $9 (Canadian money). Concerning our drinks, my partner and I ordered Heineken and our friend ordered a local beer.
Although there wasn’t live entertainment playing while we were there, (it was a Tuesday night); we still enjoy the music that was being played. It was a variety of music from the '80s to now. It was probably pre-recorded and was played on a CD. In addition, the waitstaff, bartenders, and other patrons were all in a joyous mood. Laughs, chuckles, and happy spirits were evident in this pub.
Whether you are a tourist, a business person or just a local yokel, you should visit this place. This pub has it all: live entertainment, an extensive list of martinis, a beautiful rooftop patio, friendly staff and an elegant dining area. The Oasis Pub is located at 1240 Thurlow Street. Vancouver, B.C. and the phone number is 604-685-1724. It is open seven nights a week from 3:30 until midnight Sunday-Thursday and stays open until 1am on Friday and Saturday. This pub is above Denny’s Restaurant, and the entrance is outside.