Dubbed "the original Vancouver," Gastown was established in 1867, the same year Canada became an official nation. According to Gastown.org, it all started the day infamous Yorkshire expatriate "Gassy Jack" Deighton arrived in the area with a large barrel of whisky. Earning his nickname for "spinning tall tales and talking without end," Jack allegedly bribed the local millworkers to help him build a saloon in exchange for free whisky. Thirsty for drink and spirits high, the millworkers obliged, erecting a tavern in less than a day. Thus was born the first establishment in what would become the thriving Gastown.
Today, Gastown is home to a burgeoning local artisan culture, with contemporary fashion and interior design boutiques cropping up, along with hip restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. Tourists come from far and wide to view the most famous Gastown landmark: a steam-powered clock built in 1977, which was initially erected to cover a steam grate. Bauhaus Restaurant, at 1 West Cordova Street, is just a stone's throw away from the clock. We hope you'll come sample our contemporary German cuisine the next time you visit Gassy Jack's abode.