in Gastown & Chinatown

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 popular with artsy locals and in-the-know young hipsters. Grab an ale at the bar, slide onto a chair and start chatting; you're bound to meet someone interesting.

There's no food here (except chips), and bicycle-shorts-wearing owner and barman Leo is committed to the idea that bars should be places where you hang out, socialize and connect. There's also a full-size pool table here if you've run out of things to say. Chinatown redevelopment is rapidly transforming older buildings like this, so try to visit before it's too late.