Must-see nightlife in Vancouver

  • Brassneck Brewery


    A beloved Vancouver microbrewery with a small, wood-lined tasting room. Peruse the ever-changing chalkboard of intriguing libations with names such as…

  • Exterior of Powell Street Craft Brewery

    Powell Brewery


    One of the finest of Vancouver's surfeit of tasty artisan breweries, popular Powell Brewery relocated to larger premises soon after launching. The tasting…

  • Sylvia's Bar & Lounge


    Part of the permanently popular Sylvia Hotel, this was Vancouver's first cocktail bar when it opened in the mid-1950s. Now a comfy, wood-lined…

  • Liberty Distillery


    Gaze through internal windows at the shiny, steampunk-like booze-making equipment when you visit this handsome saloon-like tasting room. It's not all…

  • Mario's Coffee Express


    A java-lover's favorite that only downtown office workers seem to know about. You'll wake up and smell the coffee long before you make it through the door…

  • Storm Crow Tavern


    Knowing the difference between Narnia and Neverwhere is not a prerequisite at this brilliant Commercial Dr nerd pub. But if you do, you'll certainly make…

  • Grapes & Soda

    Fairview & South Granville

    A warm, small-table hangout that self-identifies as a 'natural wine bar' (there's a well-curated array of options from BC, Europe and beyond). This local…

  • Shameful Tiki Room


    This windowless snug instantly transports you to a Polynesian beach. The lighting – including glowing puffer-fish lampshades – is permanently set to dusk…

  • Kafka's


    Kafka's has more MacBooks than an Apple Store courtesy of the locals who fill the tables here, silently updating their social media statuses as if their…

  • Narrow Lounge


    Enter through the doorway on 3rd Ave – the red light tells you if it's open or not – then descend the graffiti-lined stairway into one of Vancouver's…

  • Luppolo Brewing Company


    One of Vancouver's most welcoming microbrewery lounges reflects the Italian heritage of the team behind it (the name means 'hops' in Italian). Order a…

  • Exterior of Café deux Soleils

    Cafe Deux Soleils


    This rambling bohemian cafe is a hip, healthy and ever-friendly Drive landmark, serving a good array of local beers and well-priced vegetarian comfort…

  • Beer Drinker of the Year Award sign at Yaletown Brewing Company, Yaletown.

    Yaletown Brewing Company


    There's a brick-lined, tavernesque brewpub, complete with beer keg light fittings, on one side plus a giant dining room with Yaletown's largest patio on…

  • Andina Brewing Company exterior

    Andina Brewing Company


    Look for the gigantic, stylishly-hatted artwork lady adorning the beacon-like yellow exterior of this popular brewery, then step inside for some equally…

  • Exterior of Sportsbar



    Vancouver's ultimate sports nut watering hole has 100 HDTV screens flanking its gigantic bar. But you'll feel closer to the action in one of its cool…

  • One Under


    Vancouver's virtual golf club, this subterranean bar is home to six big-screen simulation bays where (from $50 per hour) you can swing a club at your…

  • Cascade Room exterior

    Cascade Room


    The perfect reinvention of a trad neighborhood bar, this is arguably Mount Pleasant's merriest watering hole. The ale list includes some great craft beers…

  • Cookies at Quantum Coffee

    Quantum Coffee


    A sleek, high-ceilinged java joint where bleary-eyed office workers claim their first macchiato of the day. The angled marble counter is staffed by ever…

  • Exterior of the Artisan Sake Maker brewery

    Artisan Sake Maker


    Using locally grown rice, this tiny craft sake producer (the first of its kind in Canada) should be on everyone's Granville Island to-do list. Twinkle…

  • Nemesis interior

    Nemesis Coffee


    A sleek, Scandinavian-look cafe with a serious commitment to great java – aim for a little wooden side-booth and you'll soon be hanging out with cooler…

  • Exterior of Elysian Coffee coffeeshop

    Elysian Coffee

    Fairview & South Granville

    Just to prove not all the hipsters hang out on Main St, this chatty neighborhood joint lures every skinny-jeaned local in its vicinity. They come for the…

  • Customers dining at Caffe Artigiano.

    Caffè Artigiano


    An international award winner for its barista skills and latte art, Artigiano has the locals frothing at the mouth with its satisfyingly rich java…

  • Lonsdale Quay Public Market exterior



    The laid-back, wood-floored Whip fuses a friendly neighbourhood bar ambience with a gastropub menu and a good array of classic cocktails. But many…

  • Exterior of JJ Bean coffeeshop

    JJ Bean


    Many Vancouver coffee bars close too early for those who want to hang out at night. This JJ Bean, one of the oldest outlets of a popular citywide…

  • Exterior of Callister Brewing

    Callister Brewing Company


    One of East Vancouver's most intriguing microbrewery operations, Callister's red-painted exterior houses a Spartan former-industrial space tasting room…

  • Inside Vancouver's Off the Rail Brewing

    Off the Rail


    A firm local favorite, nip upstairs to the compact lounge and snag a stool at the bar to try $2 tasters of everything from Crazy Train IPA to Into the…

  • Juice Truck


    The largest branch of this metro Vancouver all-vegan beverage joint is a bright and welcoming spot with a communal table, a menu of 20 or so made-to-order…

  • Republica Coffee Roasters


    The first downtown Vancouver location for this long-time Fort Langley java roaster is a brick-lined little nook with friendly counter staff and none of…

  • Juice Truck Cafe


    Graduating from the food truck menagerie that began hitting the streets of Vancouver a few years back, this welcoming storefront incarnation is a magnet…

  • Koerner's Pub


    UBC's best pub welcomes with its communal tables, foliage-fringed patio and clientele of nerdy professors and hipster regulars. There's an excellent booze…

  • Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House


    A cavelike brick-and-art-lined pub that feels like a local secret, this is the place to combine comfort grub of the deep-fried pickles and Texas beef…

  • St Augustine's


    It resembles a regular, sometimes overly loud, neighborhood sports bar from the outside, but step inside St Aug's and you'll find around 60 on-tap…

  • BierCraft Tap & Tapas


    Originally founded with a huge, hangover-triggering Belgian beer menu – it still has lots of rare international ales – BierCraft has since shifted its…

  • Caffè Cittadella

    Fairview & South Granville

    Don't tell anyone you found this place, since the regulars will be very upset. This cute two-floored cafe incongruously tucked into a restored clapboard…

  • 49th Parallel Coffee


    Kitsilano's favorite coffeeshop hangout. Sit with the locals in the glass-enclosed conservatory-like area (handy in deluge-prone Raincouver) while sipping…

  • Granville Island Brewing Taproom


    You can sample the company's main beers in this often busy pub-style room, although most are now made in a far larger out-of-town facility. Of these,…

  • Key Party


    Walk through the doorway of a fake storefront that looks like an accountancy office and you'll find yourself in a candlelit, boudoir-red speakeasy…

  • Prohibition


    A sleek subterranean bar with a chic 1920s look and a serious commitment to great cocktails; push through the speakeasy-feel dungeon doors on the Howe St…

  • O5 Tea Rare Tea Bar


    A pilgrimage destination for fans of that other caffeine beverage, this tea-lover's haven is the place to slow down and explore the rich wonders of the…

  • Cardero's Marine Pub


    Nestled between Coal Harbour's bobbing boats, the restaurant here is fine but the little pub on the side is better. With cozy leather sofas, a wood…

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