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 steak-and-ale pie, 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 for hours and still be there a week later, as merry as a giddy kipper.