Black Frog


in Gastown & Chinatown

Exterior of the Black Frog pub

©John Lee/Lonely Planet

A few steps from Gastown's Steam Clock crowd magnet, this never-changing, fancy-free bar still manages to feel like a hidden watering hole. In summer, bask on the deck (it's covered against rain) with a couple of BC beers, but be sure to ask what the daily special is before you order. Food-wise, there's standard pub grub alongside unexpected schnitzel and pierogie options.

A good place to catch a live ice-hockey game on TV, you'll soon realize why the sport is often regarded as Canada's religion. In fact, this may be the only time you'll see locals openly weeping and plotting riots against the injustice of it all.