Belying the cliches about expat Irish bars (except for its reclaimed Guinness barrel floor), the Heather is one of Vancouver's best gastropubs. Alongside lovingly prepared sausage and mash, and steak and ale pie, you'll find top craft beers and some well-poured Guinness. Best time to come? The Sunday to Wednesday Long Table nights, which run for most of the year but usually take a break in summer. Dinner and a pint is around $18
Whiskey fans will also be gobsmacked by the array of tipples in the back room Shebeen bar. It's the kind of place you could hunker for hours and still be there a week later, as merry as a giddy kipper.