Top choice pub in Gastown & Chinatown

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 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) but the beloved Brickhouse is arguably the city's strongest claim to having its own Brit-style pub culture. Bicyle-shorts-wearing owner and barman Leo is committed to the idea that bars should be places where you hang out, socialize and connect. And play pool: there's a full-size table here as well.