Vancouver restaurants with unique washroom artwork

Occasionally you’ll walk into the washroom at a restaurant or café and think to yourself, “What in the world? How did they ever come up with that?” Or perhaps you’ll exclaim, “Why do they still have that in here?” Sometimes bathroom artwork will make you chuckle with delight; sometimes it’ll leave you curious and confused. The distinct bathroom displays at these Vancouver spots are sure to stick with you.

The Rumpus Room

2301 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9

If you can endure the loud hip-hop (personally I kind of love it when I’m in the mood) and sometimes seemingly absentminded servers, The Foundation in Mount Pleasant boasts great vegetarian fare, filling platters of nachos, and delicious pitchers of sangria. The washrooms feature customers’ own hand-drawn graffiti, which includes empowering speeches, Internet handles, callouts, back and forth conversations, and much more. These anonymous scrawls can be funny, sad, heartfelt, angering and everything in between.

Postmark Brewing

55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3

This space offers everything you need for a delicious brunch or Happy Hour drinks Located in Railtown’s historic Settlement Building, the unique multipurpose spot serves a variety of Urban Winery wines and beer on tap from in-house microbrewery Postmark Brewing, as well as a full menu of delicious food from Belgard Kitchen. Their washrooms have a classic and elegant feel with tongue-in-cheek paintings of celebrities such as Tom Selleck and Leonardo DiCaprio in full military regalia.

Budgies Burritos

44 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC V5T 3H9

This vegetarian Mexican restaurant is a great place for lunch on the go or late night snacks. It offers burritos, tacos, and more, as well as beer on tap, cider and simple margaritas. Staff refresh the bathroom walls every few months with visually unique designs such as Jackson Pollack-esque paint splatters or rows of playing cards, to name a few examples.

Digestible Sensation Restaurant Corp

2420 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E2

This homey modern diner on Main Street offers something for everyone with its full menu of meat, vegetarian and vegan dishes. The atmosphere is cozy with booths and tables to choose from. After you wash your hands and look up to make sure you don’t have something in your teeth, instead of a mirror you’ll come face to face with a drawing of Sloth (a character from the 1985 film The Goonies) grinning back at you. I, for one, would love to hear the story behind this cinematic bathroom art.

Jackalope's Neighbourhood Dive

2257 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V5L 1V3

This East Side eatery tends to remind people of their favourite bar back home. It has a comfortable and casual atmosphere with low lighting and easygoing staff. The walls leading up to the washrooms are wallpapered with tickets and posters from someone’s favourite metal shows, all pasted up with care. Similarly, the bathrooms are covered with a mod-podge display of cat and dog photographs cut out from magazines. Some of the animals have human heads, some have human bodies, but they’re all amazing.

Tangent Cafe Vancouver

2095 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B1

Feeling creative? The bathroom at this Commercial Drive restaurant has a full chalkboard wall and a cup of chalk just waiting for imaginative visitors. Pick up a piece of chalk and feel free to draw a silly doodle or craft a poignant message to share with the world. The Tangent Café kitchen makes a great brunch and can keep the Caesars coming in either single or double form. If you visit in the evenings, you might be treated to live music.

Kafka Coffee

2525 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5

A bright, open coffee shop with rotating art on the walls, Kafka’s has expanded from espresso and treats to heftier fare, cold brew coffee and more. Head down the corridor to their washroom and take a moment to scan the walls to check out the latest in local community events, job postings, random pieces of art and more.

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