Vancouver Bars – Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Vancouver bars, there are hundreds of bars and pubs; how do you choose? Well, for you, we put up our umbrellas and put on our rubber boots and found some of the best places in the city to imbibe. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it includes some great places in Vancouver to relax and sample some of the excellent liquid intoxicants this city has to offer.

Alibi Room – 157 Alexander Street

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The Alibi Room – Photo credit: Vishal Marapon

The Alibi Room is on the edge of the tourist mecca of Gastown. They feature 50 taps of local and imported beer as well as wine and cocktails. Their food menu is well thought out for nibbles or a full meal and locally sourced and sustainable. The Alibi is housed in a heritage building with high ceilings which gives the room a nice open feel and has a real neighbourhood atmosphere to it. It’s a pleasant place to rest your feet after a hard day of sightseeing and shopping.

Try a beer flight.

Keefer Bar – 135 Keefer Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Keefer Bar

The Keefer Bar is located in Chinatown on the East side of Vancouver. They have apothecary-style, award-winning cocktails and small plates to nibble on. In case you don’t know what apothecary-style cocktails are, they are therapeutic in nature, often made with herbs, spices and bitters. Live music is often available and in the warmer months, a great patio helps expand the rather limited seating.

Try the Rosemary Gimlet.

Shebeen Whisk(e)y House – 210 Carrall Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Shebeen

Shebeen Whiskey House is located in Gastown and (as you may have guessed) specializes in whiskey. They have a huge menu of Irish, Scottish, American, Canadian and world whiskey. Is whiskey ain’t up your alley, there’s also wine, beer, and cocktails. Shebeen is attached to the Irish Heather Gastropub which features a large food menu (try the choose your own meat and cheese plate).

Try the Green Spot Irish Single Pot Still

The Distillery Bar + Kitchen – 1131 Mainland Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

The Distillery Bar + Kitchen

The Distillery is a large well-appointed venue located in trendy Yaletown and features cocktails made with their own distilled spirits. If that’s not to your liking they have almost everything else you can think of including wine on tap. There’s a full dining menu highlighting Italian-American style dishes that source local ingredients.

Try the Screaming Viking

The Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House – 562 Beatty Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

The Devil’s Elbow

The Devil’s Elbow is located near the stadium venues and they feature craft beer, whiskey, cocktails, and smoked meat. They are owned by Howe Sound Brewing (located over an hour away in Squamish, BC) and so have available all their craft beers. The room is dark and narrow near the front but the back rooms are open and airy. Friendly, knowledgeable service is ever-present and they have a whiskey club you can join.

Try the Pothole Filler Imperial Stout

Prohibition – In the basement of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia at 801 West Georgia Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Prohibition

Prohibition wants to take you back to the days of the Roaring Twenties with a sophisticated atmosphere and ingenious cocktails. They have a daily House Punch and the cocktails are itemized by mood. There’s a large wine and spirits menu as well. Small bites are available from the hotel kitchen.

Try the Prohibition Cocktail (under the mood of Elegant+Sophisticated+Celebratory)

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar – 900 Seymour Street

Vancouver Bars - Great Places to Drink in Vancouver

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar is a cozy venue with some excellent cocktails located near the Granville Entertainment District. Red toned and small, if you can get a seat in the evening you can count yourself lucky. Service may not always be on point, but if you can catch your server’s eye they are always accommodating. The main reason to come here is the work of the excellent bartenders; the drinks may be pricey but worth every penny. They have food menus for each time of day into the late night.

Try the Gin-Gin Donkey.

If you didn’t find something you like above there many, many, more to choose from in Vancouver. There’s many a restaurant with a great bar attached too, like Kissa Tanto or Sai Woo, both in Chinatown. Or if cocktails aren’t your thing, try a craft beer crawl!

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  1. I am currently living in Germany. Although the beer is great, one thing i miss a lot is variety. Drinks are very similar. In Montreal I loved going to its microbreweries and try different samples of craft beers. Good to know I can find such variety from one ocean to another.

  2. You have highlighted some interesting bars to check out in Vancouver! We visit Vancouver quite frequently but did not go to any local bars before. I will save your suggestions for my next trip out there!

  3. Thanks for this list! Sounds like Vancouver has quite the extensive bar scene. I love the sound of Prohibition, and a cocktail menu to suit your mood. And would love to try a cocktail at the Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar after your high praise for the bartenders.

  4. I’m not much of a bar goer but I would go to The Keefer Bar. I love the idea of drinks that have medicinal values! Also, would you know why it’s called the Devil’s Elbow? Sounds like an interesting story.

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      The Devil’s Elbow is named after a stretch of Class IV rapids on the Elaho River, not far from Squamish where the mother-house of the pub is located, Howe Sound Brewing. I thought the name would be from something more sinister!

  5. I love gin so I would like to try the Gin Gin Donkey at the Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar. The Keefer Bar sounds like a great drinking place as well, with their unique herbal concept.

  6. Hard to pickup a potential favourite, but my guess would be that I would love the Devil’s Elbow. With craft beer on tap and smoked meat, this sounds like a great place to me. 50 beers on tap at the Alibi Room….bars are just getting so big right now with some amazing beers on tap. Another great find. Vancouver is hopefully on my list for next year, so shall definitely be checking these ones out.

  7. Thanks for this list! Sounds like Vancouver has quite the extensive bar scene. I love the sound of Prohibition, and a cocktail menu to suit your mood. And would love to try a cocktail at the Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar after your high praise for the bartenders.

  8. This seems like a fun post to research! Great selection of bars around Vancouver. Love Keefer Bar the Rosemary Gimlet is not too be missed. Think we need to go back to Prohibition, heard so many great things about it but I just did not love it. My writing partner had a great time though 🙂

  9. That’s indeed a fine selection of bars. My choice would be either the Keefer bar because of its apothecary style cocktails or the Shebeen Whisk(e)y house because I love a good Scottish whisky <3 Oh, and I'd be definitely up for a craft beer tour 😀

  10. ooh I love the apothecary style of the Keefer bar. Checking out local spots like this is one of my favorite ways to explore a new city! Nice list for Vancouver here 🙂

  11. Oh I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver – now I’ve get yet another reason to visit. Your blog post and photos make the bars look wonderful. This city is heading up to the top of my bucket list of cities to visit 🙂

  12. Great post although I don’t myself drink alcohol, yet these places and your pictures captures the eye. I hope all of these bars have alcohol free drinks and I’ll love to try them. But the names like gin-gin donkey & screaming viking are so well thought & attractive names.

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      Of course! I couldn’t honestly recommend without trying. I’ve been to some of them lots of times, especially the Devil’s Elbow.

  13. Fist of all, I have to tell that you have amazing photography. These places look very inviting on your shots. I don’t drink alcohol and rarely visit pubs, but I would be glad to accompany my friends to some of these 🙂

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