Devil's Elbow Ale & Smoke House

Pub in Downtown & West End

A cavelike brick-and-art-lined pub that feels like a local secret, this is the place to combine comfort grub of the deep-fried pickles and Texas beef brisket variety with beers from a top BC microbrewery – it's owned by the team behind Howe Sound Brewing. Great drafts include Hopraiser IPA and Rail Ale Nut Brown; order a tasting flight and dive in.

Try the Wooly Bugger Barley Wine, which puts hairs on the chests of everyone in the area, whether or not they're drinking it. The weekday $15 beer-included lunch deal is recommended, but there's also an extensive happy hour menu (2pm to 5pm Sunday to Thursday) with a tempting array of $5 beers and great food deals.