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 dramatically over English Bay), it's a great spot for an end-of-day wind down. There's live music here on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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.