488 Carrall Street, Vancouver, V6B 2J7
On the northwestern end of Chinatown, Vancouver’s West Hotel features its own bar on the ground level known to attract the odd transient and anyone in need of a cheap drink. The eight-story hotel doesn’t look too impressive from the outside, but the history is there. Built in 1913, the West Hotel has outlasted near-prohibition of the 1920’s when provincial laws strictly regulated alcohol sales to stop people from getting completely wasted. But now, anything goes and you can find people in varied frames of mind exchanging drinks for little amounts of money. While not the sketchiest Vancouver dive, the West Hotel Bar does attract its share of interesting folk.