James Avenue Pumphouse Food & Drink, is built in a historical building which was Winnipeg's first high-pressure water system.
Floor-to-ceiling windows offer front row seats to this engineering feat, with century-old pumps and gears preserved for posterity. Built in 1906 to help fight the frequent fires of downtown Winnipeg, the James Avenue Pumping Station drew water from the Red River for distribution to the area’s fire hydrants. The building was declared a municipal heritage site in 1982.
We offer high and low table seating. We feature a custom made wooden bar top and 2 large family style tables built by local designer Jordan from Beard Brothers Woodworking. The refurbished brick structure is punctuated by vintage fire hose carts, red hydrants, and copper fire extinguishers. At the center of it all, the preserved machinery is our star attraction.
Complementing the historical setting is a menu that draws both on Manitoba culinary traditions – such as a hand made giant perogy – and globally inpsired comfort food – from Dan Dan noodles and Detroit-style pizza to Korean twice fried chicken and wine-braised short ribs.
We take a serious approach to our vegan, vegetarian and gluten sensitive dishes. Executive Chef Mark Merano ensures there is truly something for everyone.
General Manager Kaitlin Nikkel's cocktail menu is sophisticated with her own twist. We make serious drinks and package them in a light hearted manner. Naming all our trademark cocktails after some of our favorite 90's & 2000's tunes. We try and capture the imagination with names such as Rum –D.M.C and Tropic like it’s hot.