Sylvia's Bar & Lounge

Top choice Bar

in Downtown & West End

Part of the permanently popular Sylvia Hotel, this was Vancouver's first cocktail bar when it opened in the mid-1950s. Now a comfy, wood-lined neighborhood bar favored by in-the-know locals (they're the ones hogging the window seats as the sun sets over English Bay), it's a charming spot for an end-of-day wind down. There's live music on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

There's a full dining menu here, including a 'late-riser breakfast' that's served until 4:30pm daily. And here's some scurrilous history for you: this is one of the bars Errol Flynn is reputed to have frequented during his booze-fueled final days, before dying in the city in 1959.