What’s it going to be tonight? The historic-yet-trendy streets of Gastown District or the animated, party corridors of Granville Strip? No matter the choice, the bars in Vancouver are always serving flavourful liquid gold. And to help make your selection less of a headache, highlighted below is the top-voted Vancouver Bars.
If you should happen to find yourself next to a certain Steam Clock in Gastown, you stand a good chance of spotting the legendary Black Frog.Just a few paces north on Cambie, we’re Vancouver’s friendliest place to grab a bite, hoist a cold pint and relax in good company. Daily food specials, daily tap specials, sports on the big screen, live music, a great crowd – it’s all here. And it’s all for you.
Enticing cocktails, refined wines, eclectic import beers- Uva Wine Bar, located adjacent to the Moda Hotel, is Downtown Vancouver's enclave for connoisseurs of wines and spirits seeking a sanctuary that caresses the eye as well as the palate.
From the finest charcuterie, to artisanal cheeses and hard-to-find wine selections, indulge in Uva Wine Bar's cosmopolitan, yet relaxed interpretation of a true Italian 'enoteca'.
Uva Wine Bar epitomizes the spirit of its location in the heart of Downtown Vancouver's arts and cultural district. The elegant modernism of its interior design combined with the building's historical elements, such as its delicate 1908 terrazzo floors, creates a unique, yet vibrant setting that must be experienced.
Named for John Clough, 19th century Gastown's booze-addled lamplighter and jailer, the Clough Club melds classic style with tasteful modernity. Designer Craig Stanghetta (Bao Bei, Meat and Bread) used as much of the 110-year old building's bones as possible, commissioning installations and creating decor that offset the old-fashioned feel of the original space.
The Clough Club’s craft cocktail list is dark-spirit forward, with a focus on house made barrel-aged recipes served up by some of Vancouver’s finest cocktailers. Carefully selected beer and BC and Chilean wines round out the menu, while the food is authentic South American tapas, using locally sourced and organic ingredients.
SIP Resto-Lounge is a truly unique entertainment experience. The perfect fusion of restaurant and lounge gives Vancouver an Upscale-Casual room with a Sexy New York feel.
Going beyond the traditional “open Kitchens” the unique set up at SIP allows guests to interact with the Chef as their meals are prepared at the kitchen bar. The Kitchen bar in itself is a unique concept at SIP.
Executive Chef Mike Carter takes pride in not only using the finest ingredients, but also with a carefully selected array of liquors, wines and beers found in all of SIP’s Inventive Plates. This results in exclusive flavor profiles born from the kitchen.
Tobys Pub and Grill is an exciting, newly renovated 2-level pub, with an attached Cold Beer and Wine Store located on the Drive (Commercial Drive) in Vancouver. The design and atmosphere have been extensively researched to achieve a multi-faceted environment. If you want modern, cool and comfortable without pretension, this is the place to be!
We offer a great little patio fabulous for sipping margaritas in the sun, meeting the team after the game or after-work get togethers. Our patio is enclosed enough that the wind won't be a bother to you and if the evening is chilly, our heating system, combined with our patio fireplace will keep you cozy.
Yaggers kits has hit the broadway strip and we are proud to join this vibrant neighbourhood.Like her sister restaurant downtown, we continue to make original homemade offerings such as our cowburger, mac and not so blue cheese and our famous free range chicken wings.With this location, we now offer house smoked barbecue such as brisket, pulled pork and smoked turkey in our state of the art smoker.With flat screens everwhere, belly up to the bar, grab a table or relax in our upper deck lounge and enjoy all the sports you can handle!We’re open most nights till 2 so drop by for a late night nosh or call ahead to reserve a table. And of course we love to support our neighborhood teams so bring the whole crew.We hope to see you soon!
Vancouver Bars that are Editor-Approved and User-Voted
There are always brand-new bars opening in Vancouver just waiting to be discovered. However, if you remain faithful to a few favorite taverns then it’s going to be harder to venture outside of your comfort zone. But then what? Scroll through a long directory that has zero direction and hope for the best? That’s just pure madness.
We want you to try new places but not guesstimate which ones are worthy of guzzling one or nine pints. And while there’s some adventure in that, lets avoid the establishments that smell of piss as best we can. That’s why every place that creates a profile on BLC is editor-approved before making the listing page to be voted by well, you. We can’t think of anyone better to have the final say than our users. So if your faithful Vancouver bar isn’t already leading the charge make sure to up vote it so it has a chance to make the list of the top 10 Vancouver bars below.
Vancouver Live Music Bars
Seattle may be known for its music legacy but that doesn’t mean Vancouver hasn’t established its own hub for musicians. Whether you want to sip a cocktail and listen to international jazz artists perform in a dimly lit lounge, catch a live performance at the renowned Commodore Ballroom, or dance all night to country music at The Bourbon, Vancouver live music bars cover all bases. To stay in the loop make sure to check out our list of Vancouver Live Music Events.
The Recognized Badge is like a medal of distinction. It means they've got a certain attribute that makes them stand out. Hover over the badge to see how a place made its mark.
In 1995, when we first took hold of our historic Gastown brewpub location, we discovered that the building had a rare steam heat system. A remnant from forward thinkers of a century past.
Our brewmaster had only read of steam powered brewing, but had never seen a functional steam brewery. These are very rare indeed. We ventured forth, experimented, and created a one-of-a-kind steam generated brewery. The only one in Canada.
To our pleasure, we found our test brews to be distinctively fresh and flavourful.
For nearly 20 years, beer aficionados have been migrating to our Steamworks brewpub for a taste of these unconventional beers. Now, with the advent of our bottled beers, you can take the brewpub experience home with you.
A big-hearted little neighbourhood pub with VERY cheap drink specials. Kitchen is open M->F 3:30 to 7pm. We've got 12 T.V.s to watch all the games... even the ones you don't get at home!!! Come sing karaoke twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and work your way through our huge song list, or show us your original stuff at Open Mic night every Wednesday night and at our Sunday Afternoon Jam. Parties and special events too!
Bitter Tasting Room specializes in local and imported craft beers and bar food. The focus is on supporting local breweries and distilleries in and around the Greater Vancouver area, with an inspired mix of offerings from some of BC’s best independent breweries and noteworthy European and American varieties. Guests can order by the glass, growler, or flight and pair their beverage with some food options off the Snack, Nibble, and Share menu. By designing a menu with dishes that enhance the flavours of their beer offerings, Bitter Tasting Room has elevated the casual nature of beer drinking to an appreciated art form.
And while a classic glass of beer is the Bitter beverage of choice, an assortment of spirits, two Okanogan Crush Pad wines on tap, and some unique beer cocktails complete the beverage list. Whether sharing the dining experience with friends or meeting new ones at the bar, Bitter Tasting Room is a friendly space to enjoy a quality beer and a comforting bite to eat.
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Of course, these aren’t the only bars in Vancouver worth visiting. They just have bragging rights and staying power. Click page 2 for the complete listing of Vancouver Bars. And don’t forget to cast a vote!SEE FULL LISTING