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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!