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Things we love:

You can go snowboarding and surfing in the space of one day.

Extra spicy Bloody Caesar cocktails at brunch.

It’s the yogi mecca with over 150 yoga studios in Vancouver, which makes for a lot of beautiful people.

The beach (and all patios facing the beach) – there’s 20 miles of it surrounding the city.

The service: bartenders want to make you happy.

Things we wish we’d known:

Vancouver is in the middle of a rainforest, so it rains 155 days a year – bring your waterproof.

You can’t buy beer or alcohol in the grocery store, and not all restaurants are even allowed to serve liquor….it’s like the dark ages.

Vancouver is named after a guy who hated the place, Captain Vancouver.

Best bars in Vancouver
Best bars in Vancouver
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6 Acres
6 Acres

6 Acres is located directly behind the historic statue of Gassy Jack in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown. Nestled in the oldest brick building in Vancouver, 6 Acres epitomizes the Danish idea of ‘hygge’ – warm, cosy, candlelit. It’s an Read More

Bao Bei
Bao Bei

If you find yourself around the up-and-coming fringe of Chinatown, hit up Bao Bei. Former bartender, Tannis Ling has re-created her childhood home, with old family photos and homely decor whilst offering a modern take on Chinese Cuisine. But it’s not Read More

Bayside Lounge
Bayside Lounge

Tucked into the second floor of The Sands Hotel, at the corner of Denman and Davie, the Bayside Lounge is a surprising jewel in the crown of English Bay. A Vancouver establishment with a local feel, it’s affectionately known as Read More

Bestie
Bestie

Stepping into Bestie you immediately notice the bright, contemporary design of the place, but what’s more fun, is it feels like you’ve been teleported all the way to Germany. This is a friendly little sausage and beer parlour in the Read More

Biltmore Cabaret
Biltmore Cabaret

Located in the basement of what used to be the Biltmore Hotel is Vancouver’s music mecca. This is a dive bar with heaps of atmosphere, cheap drinks and an awesome line up. It’s not about the photo booth or the Read More

Brickhouse
Brickhouse

This dive reminds us of our uncles’ basement in the 80s. There are a handful of battered couches on a threadbare rug, a slimy fish tank, one dimly lit pool table and a string of multi-coloured Christmas lights carelessly hung Read More

Cactus Club Cafe
Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Café is the only building crowned with the rights to nestle in the Pacific Ocean sands of English Bay beach. With all day sun and an unrestricted view of the sunset, this location is hands down the best Read More

China Cloud
China Cloud

In the alleyway, find the silver door that is completely unadorned except for the address “577 1Ž2” marked in Jiffy pen. Go through the garage, up the rickety stairs, and you’ll find yourself in a hot and sweaty space, heaving Read More

Guilt & Co
Guilt & Co

Guilt & Co. is appropriately built in a tunnel which used to run alcohol through the city during prohibition times. Find it by following the stairs to the left of Chill Winston down and underground. This place appears to have Read More

L'Abattoir
L'Abattoir

L’Abattoir is a little piece of Paris nestled in the ‘City of Glass’. The naked milk bottles, Mason jar chandelier and classic French tiling contrast beautifully against industrial steel and glass finishes. The name of the restaurant, ‘slaughter-house’ in French, Read More

La Mezcaleria
La Mezcaleria

On the Drive, the locus for discerning people in search of good food and a great cocktail, look for the neon pink sign that simply states: “Mezcal”. It’s fresh and unfussy with a touch of kitsch, a bit like a Read More

Local Public Eatery
Local Public Eatery

Local is right across from the all-season, sun worshipping haven that is Kitsilano Beach. It’s airy and open, illuminated by strings of bare light bulbs, and the huge wooden bar and tables look like they’ve been crafted from driftwood. Ask the Read More

Mamie Taylor's
Mamie Taylor's

In the nightlife heart of Chinatown, across the street from the infamous Phnom Penh (where you should go to ease your hangover tomorrow) is the unassuming entrance to Mamie Taylor’s. You’ll probably be greeted by one of the three partners Read More

Pourhouse
Pourhouse

Tucked away in historic Gastown, the place where Vancouver first laid its roots, Pourhouse has real Prohibition vibes. Think olde worlde decor, Edison light bulbs, antiques and a jazz soundtrack to take you right back in time along with classic Read More

Rodney's Oyster House
Rodney's Oyster House

Rodney’s is a pop of white amongst the rows of converted warehouses built on rail platforms that define Vancouver’s Yaletown. Step inside and the first thing you notice won’t be the exposed brick, the fresh, whitewashed wood, or the crab Read More

Rush Lane & Co.
Rush Lane & Co.

This place is up there with the best in town doing its bit to put Toronto on the cocktail map. They’ve even got a laboratory, and we’re totally on board with some science with our boozing, or call it ‘cocktail Read More

Salt Tasting Room
Salt Tasting Room

Legend has it, in the late 1800s Blood Alley was flooded every night with the blood rinsed from the surrounding butcher shops – it ran down to the square where public hangings took place. Ooh Spooky. Winding your way down Read More

Score On Davie
Score On Davie

Score is one of the best bars in the West End. It’s got a big, sunny, street-side patio overflowing with locals and hot, friendly staff, who seem to know half the people in town. The walls are covered in a mix Read More

Shebeen
Shebeen

Go into gastropub The Irish Heather and speak with the Irish doorman. He’ll invite you in, and point you straight through the bar to the exit out the back. Follow his orders, and then pick your way through the beer Read More

The Diamond
The Diamond

When you head up the stairs to the second floor of this former brothel, look back to read the sign over the exit – you won’t be able to read it by the time you leave. The green-papered walls and Read More

The Emerald
The Emerald

Pass the meat, produce and herbal remedy shops of Old Chinatown and under a bright, glittering sign, and you’ll find The Emerald. Step into the gold leaf hallway lit by a massive chandelier; you’re in Vegas in the 60s baby, Read More

The Keefer Bar
The Keefer Bar

The Keefer Bar is situated in the heart of the Chinatown district, and though only four years old, it is legendary in the Vancouver bar scene. Step into a world of Chinese apothecary, where the themed interior is dimly lit Read More

The Narrow Lounge
The Narrow Lounge

Every Vancouverite knows about the Narrow Lounge in Mount Pleasant, but if you’re from out of town you’d be hard pressed to find it. There’s no signage or marketing for this small hangout, just a red light out front to Read More

The Oakwood
The Oakwood

Welcome to the West Coast baby! This Canadian bistro is warm and unpretentious, it’s sleek in its high gloss finish and welcoming with its cheeky touches of national heritage; think plaid and mounted antlers. The staff are a down to earth Read More

The Shameful Tiki Room
The Shameful Tiki Room

The easiest way to find the Shameful Tiki Room is to look for the line up outside; there’s no standing room inside, and people are willing to wait – for good reason too. Filled with beachcomber kitsch, from the tiki Read More

Wildebeest
Wildebeest

Nestled in a dark 19th century building, Wildebeest is a warm and inviting sanctuary for the stylish and tasteful. Make a reservation, as its meat-centric, farmhouse fair draws a crowd that means it’s usually booked for dinner. The exposed brick Read More