in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Near the first bus stop after the Burrard Bridge (coming from downtown), this intimate, cave-like hangout is arguably Kitsilano's best late-night haunt. Slide onto a seat and peruse the beady-eyed taxidermy, then order a pitcher of house beer from the shingle-backed bar. A lively show roster (check ahead via its Facebook page) often includes bands, comedy or open-mike shenanigans.

Comfort food from burgers to pierogi dominates the dining menu here, but we recommend the pizza (go for the spicy lamb).