Vancouver drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Microbrewery in Main Street

Brassneck Brewery

Vancouver's favourite microbrewery concocted more than 50 different beers in its first six months of operating and continues to win new fans with an ever-changing chalkboard of intriguing libations with names like B…
Top Choice Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Alibi Room

Vancouver's best craft-beer tavern pours an intriguing roster of 50-plus drafts, many from celebrated BC breweries including Townsite, Dageraad and Strange Fellows. Hipsters and veteran ale fans alike love the 'frat…
Top Choice Pub in Commercial Drive

Storm Crow Tavern

Knowing the difference between Narnia and Neverwhere is not a prerequisite at this smashing Commercial Drive nerd pub. But if you do, you'll certainly make new friends. With displays of Dr Who figures and steampunk …
Top Choice Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Brickhouse

Possibly Vancouver's most original pub, this old-school hidden gem is a welcoming, windowless tavern lined with Christmas lights, fish tanks and junk-shop couches. It's like hanging out in someone's den, and is popu…
Top Choice Bar in Main Street

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 and the walls are lined with tiki masks and rattan coverings …
Top Choice Distillery in Yaletown & Granville Island

Liberty Distillery

Vancouver's most attractive craft distillery has a handsome saloonlike tasting room where you can gaze through windows at the shiny, steampunk-like booze-making equipment beyond. It's not all about looks, though. Du…
Top Choice Cafe in Gastown & Chinatown

Catfe

Vancouver's only cat cafe; book online for your time slot (walk-ins may also be available), buy a coffee and then meet the moggies in the large feline play room, where at least a dozen whiskered wonders await. All t…
Top Choice Bar in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Corduroy

Handily located near the first bus stop after the Burrard Bridge (coming from downtown), this tiny spot is arguably Kitsilano's best haunt. Slide onto a bench seat and peruse the oddball artworks – junk-shop picture…
Top Choice Microbrewery in Commercial Drive

Callister Brewing Company

One of the most exciting of East Van's beer district microbreweries, Callister's red-painted former industrial space exterior houses a Spartan tasting room with beer-barrel tables on a bare concrete floor. But there…
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…