Cocktail Bar in Gastown & Chinatown

When you head upstairs via the unassuming entrance, you'll find yourself in one of Vancouver's warmest little cocktail bars. A renovated heritage room studded with sash windows – try for a view seat – it's popular with local coolsters but is rarely pretentious. A list of perfectly nailed premium cocktails ($10 to $14) helps, coupled with a tapas menu that includes lots of Japanese-influenced options.

Check out the lovely crystal chandeliers here, antiques from a bygone age, and try to spot the statue of Gassy Jack atop a whiskey barrel across the square. If you have enough to drink, he might even talk to you.