Aquilini Restaurant Group Opens New Sports Bar At Rogers Arena

L - R: Director Dave Whitworth, Executive Chef Robert Bartley, and President Michael Doyle

VANCOUVER — Aquilini Restaurant Group has opened The Sportsbar Live at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. The 524-seat upscale 14,000-sq.-ft. venue, includes 104 new in-arena seats offering a restaurant atmosphere, in-seat dining privileges and an unobstructed view of the ice.

“This new venue provides unique, immersive experiences that engage our guests in a space that offers something for everyone — whether it’s at the bar, in the lounge, or seated for dinner to watch a game on one of the 100-plus 4K-HD TV screens,” says Michael Doyle, president of Aquilini Restaurant Group. “Our group is delighted to bring this innovative concept to the city and provide fans of both sports and entertainment with unrivalled restaurant offerings in one dynamic space.

Executive chef Robert Bartley heads up the elevated food-and-beverage program, which boasts premium menus featuring classic fan favourites with a twist such as The Biggest, Baddest Sportsbar Wings with choice of 10 sauces; the Foot Long Grilled Cheese; and Trainer’s Salad made with quinoa, kale, arugula, green apples, dried cherries, roasted sweet potato, spiced pumpkin seeds, toasted almonds and Champagne vinaigrette.

The centerpiece of the space is the “cracked ice” bar running the entire length of a NHL blue line — the city’s longest bar.

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