Top choice bar in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

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 pictures and carved masks – then order a house beer from the shingle-covered bar: if you're lucky, it'll be served in a boot-shaped glass.

Tempting cocktails are also offered at this quirky spot and there are regular live events include comedy and open-mike nights.