Irish Heather

Pub in Gastown & Chinatown

Belying the clichés about expat Irish bars (except for its reclaimed Guinness barrel floor), the Heather is one of Vancouver's best gastropubs. Alongside lovingly prepared sausage and mash, and corned beef with braised cabbage, you'll find good craft beers and, of course, some well-poured stout. Looking for happy hour? Drop by between 3pm and 6pm daily for $5 booze specials.

Whiskey fans will also be gobsmacked by the array of tipples in the back-room Shebeen bar. It's the kind of place where you could settle in for hours and still be there a week later, as merry as a giddy kipper.