Black Frog

Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

A few steps from the Steam Clock in a side-street blind spot, this bar does everything right, from friendly staff to no-nonsense pub grub. In summer, aim to bask on the deck (it's covered against rain) with an array of regional craft beers (be sure to ask what the daily special is). Food-wise, swap the burger route for a hearty plate of pierogies.

Black Frog is a great 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.