On Friday, September 28, LOT185 Café + Wine Bar opens in the Vancouver Convention Centre. Overlooking Jack Poole Plaza, this new space will embrace the modern aesthetic of the Convention Centre while offering a casual dining experience for both visitors and Vancouverites.

Inspired by the laid-back atmosphere of European cafes, and tapas and wine bars, the menu at LOT185 will focus on sourcing local ingredients while embracing the diverse landscape of British Columbia. An in-house bakery, overseen by Executive Pastry Chef Maurizio Persichino, will provide fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and other grab and go items during the day. Tapas and Neapolitan–style pizzas will be featured in the afternoon and evenings with a menu crafted by Executive Chef Mark Massicotte that reflects the multi-cultural flavours that can be found all around Vancouver. A BC forward wine and craft beer list, complemented by a selection of international wines, will be offered alongside a full coffee bar with ethically sourced beans from North Vancouver coffee roasters, Moja Coffee.

“We wanted to offer something that allowed us to showcase the incredible Convention Centre culinary team to the public in a more casual environment. We created a space to bring the five-star Convention Centre kitchen to locals while offering an alternative dining experience to our guests attending meetings and conventions at our facility,” says Craig Lehto, General Manager, Vancouver Convention Centre.

Extending over two levels, this beautiful space for 80 people was reimagined by the team at HCMA Architecture + Design to reflect the beautiful coastline on which it sits and embrace the natural aesthetic already reflected in the Convention Centre. As the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified Convention Centre, it was important that LOT185 reflects those environmental designs but also provide a welcoming and modern space.

“We recognize that many locals do not have the opportunity for culinary experiences at the Convention Centre unless they attend a meeting or banquet. We are thrilled to open the doors to LOT185 on September 28 and invite the local community to join us,” says Andrew Pollard, Regional Vice President, Centerplate – the Convention Centre’s official food and beverage hospitality partner.

The public is invited for the official opening of LOT185 Café + Wine Bar on September 28. The first 185 patrons will receive a free 12oz coffee and fresh-baked blueberry lemon scone; a special welcome prize package and a chance to win a personalized lunch for four at a later date in the tasting room.  

LOT185 Café + Wine Bar will operate both in tandem and independently from the Convention Centre with its own entrance off of Jack Poole Plaza as well as entry points from inside the facility. The hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am – 9:00 pm, closed Sundays.  




About LOT185 Café + Wine Bar

LOT185 is downtown Vancouver’s newest third-wave coffee bar by day and wine bar by night, featuring locally-roasted coffee, fresh basked pastries made in-house, as well as tapas-style small plates and a BC forward wine and beer list, complemented by a selection of international wines.

About the Vancouver Convention Centre

The Vancouver Convention Centre is the world’s first double LEED Platinum certified convention centre. Located on Vancouver’s downtown waterfront with a dramatic mountain backdrop, the facility offers one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The award-winning Convention Centre features two connected buildings with a combined total of 466,500 ft2 (43,340 m2) of flexible meeting, exhibition, ballroom and plenary space. The facility is committed to environmental sustainability as well as unparalleled service, technology offerings and culinary excellence.

The Vancouver Convention Centre proudly operates a ‘scratch’ kitchen using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients – from freshly caught seafood to produce from nearby farms and pastries baked fresh daily. Operating a 10,000 ft2 main kitchen and a separate 9,000 ft2 pastry kitchen and bakery, a busy day for the team could include producing over 6,000 plated dinners for multiple events and making 10,000 dinner rolls from scratch. The Convention Centre is a certified Ocean Wise facility, committed to sustainable seafood choices.