Downtown & West End drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Bar in Downtown & West End

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 neighborhood bar favored by in-the-know locals (they're the ones hogging…
Top Choice Coffee in Downtown & West End

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 here. The rich aromatic brews served up by the man himself a…
Coffee in Downtown & West End

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 the hipster edge of some local coffee shops. Snag a window perc…
Pub in Downtown & West End

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 brisket variety with beers from a top BC microbrewery – it's owne…
Sports Bar in Downtown & West End

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 stadium seats, right inside adjoining Rogers Arena. These bowl-si…
Sports Bar in Downtown & West End

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 choice of dozens of courses around the world. Add drinks and bar …
Bar in Downtown & West End

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 sidewalk and descend into decadent reverie. There's live musi…
Pub in Downtown & West End

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-burning fireplace and great views of the marina, it has a decent me…
Coffee in Downtown & West End

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-friendly baristas extolling the virtues of the Quantum Planck:…
Coffee in Downtown & West End

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-than-you students from the nearby schools. The coffee, includin…