If you like your drinks served with a frothy head of chatty locals, the Drive has some friendly neighborhood bars worth considering. Arguably even more enticing are the coffee joints that make this one of Vancouver's main java destinations. And don't forget the microbrewery district that's accessible from the north end of Commercial; it's the city's best.
Worth A Trip: Crawling Yeast Vancouver
If you're a true ale nut, consider checking out a round of little, off-the-beaten-path 'Yeast Vancouver' microbreweries that together constitute one of Canada's best beer districts. Each has their own alluring tasting room and they also offer take-out growlers if you need libations to go. Stay on the Drive and continue walking north for a few minutes past the intersection with Venables St and into an old industrial part of town (it's perfectly safe). When you come to Adanac St, turn left. Just ahead, you'll see Bomber Brewing, where the windowless little tasting room invites plenty of cozy quaffing; ESB recommended. Back outside, continue west on Adanac for a couple of minutes; Off the Rail is nearby on the other side of the street. Climb the staircase and you'll find a convivial tasting room serving great beers made in the room next door.
Back on Adanac, continue to Clark Dr, turn right and walk for a few minutes on Clark until you reach Franklin St. Turn right on Franklin and you'll find red-fronted Callister Brewing, a shared facility where four excellent nano-breweries concoct their tasty wares. Next, return to Clark, continue north and then turn right onto Powell St. Just ahead of you is the celebrated Powell Street Craft Brewery. Consider the lip-smacking Dive Bomb Porter and Old Jalopy Pale Ale.
Continue east on Powell and, across the street, you'll find tiny Doan's Craft Brewing Company, an art-lined little space serving an amazing American Rye Stout. Finally, if you still have your wits about you, continue along Powell and turn right onto Victoria Dr then left on Triumph St. Here you'll find Parallel 49 Brewing Company where the large tasting room serves a popular array of quirkily-named tipples, including Hoparazzi India Pale Lager and Gypsy Tears Ruby Red Ale. Need to know more? Pick-up a copy of The Growler, sold (for $2) at many of these breweries. It'll tell you all you need to know about the province's burgeoning beer scene.