Diamond

Cocktail Bar in Gastown & Chinatown

Head upstairs via the unassuming entrance to discover one of Vancouver's warmest little brick-lined cocktail bars. A glowing, wood-floored 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 ($11 to $15) helps, coupled with a diverse tapas menu, tasty flatbreads included.

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. During the 5:30pm to 7:30pm daily happy hour, some cocktails are reduced by $4.