Posted March 2, 2011 by Adam Toren in City Guides

Bars and Pubs

Vancouver is primarily known as a “clubber’s paradise”, but there are also many pubs and bars for people to enjoy in the downtown and surrounding areas. Vancouver has many cool bars for visitors and locals to enjoy, and many of them are tucked away in unlikely places. If you keep your eyes open when you are strolling around the city, you will be able to see numerous pubs and bars hidden in between hotels, local businesses and shops. Because the social scene is so casual in Vancouver, the pub life is appealing as you don’t have to dress up every time you go out on the town. You can sit on a patio and stare at the stars while having a blast with your buddies. Some bars feature more of a singles scene, while others are better for a gathering with close friends. Check out some of these fun places around the city of Vancouver—bottoms up!

Yaletown Brewery
This cool hangout is a great spot to sit, watch a Canucks game and enjoy some excellent appetizers. They always have popular sports on, pizza cooking in their firewood oven and a full bar.  They feature a fun selection of music, hosted events and accommodate all special holidays. They also have their very own liquor store right behind the brewery situated on Hamilton Street. Call the brewery at 604-681-2739 or visit the website at www.markjamesgroup.com.

Lennox Pub
This popular hot spot on the corner of Granville and Robson Street is always jam-packed both during the day and at night. It is a popular place for sampling beers from around the world, as well as enjoying happy hour drinks after work. They also have a small patio to relax on when it is warmer. Call the pub at 604-408-0881 for more information or visit the website at www.lennox.com.

Doolin’s Irish Pub
This popular Irish pub always has people lined up in front on the evenings. Full of young people every night, this trendy spot offers Irish music and a large amount of beers to try out. It is a clean bar with a nice crowd and it is one of the best bars to hang out at in the city. Visit the website at www.doolins.ca.

The Granville Room
Located at 957 Granville Street, this popular night spot is great if you want to hang out with a classy crowd. It features music, tasty cuisine and a great staff to hang out with. It is also a good place to take a first date as the candlelight makes it very romantic and cozy. This place is close to everything and after a drink here you can check out some of the clubs on Granville Street. Call 604-633-0056 for more information and hours of operation.

Railway Club
Try espresso martinis and listen to some of the best music in the city. This club has been a gathering place for years for musicians, locals and tons of tourists. This club is where backpackers meet with professional business folk and all types of people come in to mingle and have a few drinks. Call the bar at 604-681-1625 or visit the bars website at www.therailwayclub.com.

Loose Moose Tapas Bar and Grill
The Loose Moose is a very popular bar to hang out at. It is great for mingling, relaxing with friends, and listening to music while a Canucks game is on. They also have a cool evening menu with cheaper deals on food and beer. This is a place where you can relax and catch up with your closest friends. Located at 724 Nelson Street just off of Granville, you can reach the bar at 604-633-1002 for more information.

The Roxy
This bar can get extremely crowded from Thursday to Sunday, but during the rest of the week it is a cool place to listen to live music or go for a hamburger next door at their restaurant called Roxy Burger. Located at 932 Granville Street, this hot young spot is a great place to unwind after a hard day at work. Call 604-331-7999 to contact the Roxy and find out what events are going on.

Earl’s Restaurant and Bar
Located at 1185 Robson Street, this popular hangout is a great place for burgers, pizza, ice cream, steaks and cocktails. Earl’s always has sports on TV and beautiful people to watch, as well as a bar and restaurant area to suit everyone’s taste in dining. Call 604-669-0020 for hours of operation and menu information.

Steamworks Brewing Company
Located conveniently downtown and by the waterfront, this place is a great spot for patio dining. There is a large patio and inside area for all to enjoy at this restaurant and bar, located at 375 Water Street. Stop by for an afternoon drink or tasty lunches featuring burgers, fries, wraps and pasta dishes.  Call 604-689-2739 for more information or visit www.steamworks.com.

Sandbar and Grill
This bar is great for seafood, dancing, dining and patio views. They open up the dance floor later in the evening when the sun begins to set over downtown Vancouver. It is situated on popular tourist destination Granville Island at 1535 Johnston Street and you can call the bar at 604-669-9030 for more information.

Cactus Club Cafe
As a leader in the casual fine dining industry, Cactus Club Restaurants feature many great dishes such as steaks, quesadillas, ribs, sandwiches, burgers and fajitas. They have a wide range of cocktails, wines and beers to choose from as well. Ask them for directions to one of their many locations by calling them at 604-714-2025 or visit www.cactusclubcafe.com.

Milestones Bar & Restaurant
Milestone’s is a casual yet classy place to go for a drink and spend some time with loved ones. The Yaletown location at 1109 Hamilton has been fully renovated and updated. It is a cozy place to dine as well, and the colourful bar is full of hip bartenders to serve you up tasty drinks. Ask about their other locations by calling 604-684-9111 or visit the main restaurant website at www.milestonesrestaurants.com.

Library Square Public House
Located at 300 West Georgia Street, this fun hangout is always packed with people of all types. Whether you are a professional partier or a tourist, this place has a lot of excitement, mingling, dancing and music to help you unwind for the night. There are 13 TV’s, a pool table, a shuffle board, two projection screens and more. Call 604-633-9644 for more information about this popular place.

The Whip Art Gallery and Bar
This popular art-lovers hangout is easy on the wallet and features menu items from chicken wings to Mole Poblano Salmon. This hip, funky place is great if you appreciate art or if you are an artist yourself. It is located at 209 East Avenue at Main Street in Vancouver.

Malone’s Bar and Grill
Located right on the beach in Kitsilano, this fun bar features a great patio for a hot summer day. It is close to everything and located at 2210 Cornwall Street. They serve typical beer specials and bar fare. Call 604-737-7777 for hours of operation or check out the website at www.malones.bc.ca.

Pure Nail Bar and Parties
Meet up with some of your gal pals for a party, get your manicures or pedicures and have a glass of wine. This is a great way to relax for the day and enjoy time with someone you care about. In Yaletown call 604-605-1282 for more information and ask about their other locations around the city or visit www.purenailbar.com.

Adam Toren

Adam Toren
Adam Toren is born and raised in Vancouver BC and loves everything Vancouver BC has to offer. He loves traveling and exploring new and unique restaurants and places around the world.