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Where to Grab a Drink in Vancouver
Vancouver’s nightlife is very diverse and has something for everyone.To foster local businesses, Vancouver's liquor laws keep beer tasting room capacities low. This has created plenty of intimate and unique spaces to grab a relaxed craft brew or find a trendy cocktail and some music.
1. 33 Acres Brewing Company
33 Acres Brewing Company was built on the idea of sharing - spaces, food, drink, ideas, and conversation. Share craft brews with friends (new and old) in this contemporary space.
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2. Grapes & Soda
Drew Johnson, co-owner of Bows X Arrows, confidently claims cocktails at Grapes & Soda as a Vancouver must. "Grapes & Soda is one of those places for after service, where you can kinda sneak out and go to a hole in the wall little bar with a great wine program." Small bites, a wine bar, and cocktails of the day. What's not to love.
3. The Lido
Rotem and Itamar, founders and owners of Vancouver's beloved Chickpea, speak very highly of this "chill bar". The Lido, a local favorite with live tunes, comes recommended as a very sociable bar. "There aren't any big screen TVs with games playing. It's just good music, great people, and a really nice vibe."
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4. The Cambie
Chef and Owner of Harvest Community Foods, Andrea Carlson, recommends The Cambie bar to locals and tourists alike. The Cambie Bar & Grill promises good times, good drinks, and the occasional round of beer pong in Vancouver's oldest bar.
5. The Alibi Room
JC Poirier, chef and owner of Ask for Luigi, believes The Alibi Room "is one of the best spots in the city". For the beer aficionado, The Alibi room offers 50 local and imported craft brews on tap. Owners Raya Audet & Nigel Springthorpe are set out to show off the versatility of beer pairings.
6. The Keefer Bar
Owner of Beaucoup Bakery, Jacky Hung, let us in on a special spot that he loves known as The Keefer Bar. Classic cocktails to seasonal twists on favorites, you're bound to sip on something tasty here. Just take a look behind this bar. If the weather is right there is even an outdoor patio where you can enjoy a Rosemary Gimlet, Jacky's favorite.
7. The Narrow Lounge
Taylor Roades, a beloved photographer for Dirt Road Travels, gave us her 2 cents about the best bar in Vancouver. This speakeasy-like bar is a lesser known secret of Vancouver with extremely accommodating staff. Whether you vibe with the indoor medieval decor or the colorful outdoor patio, there is something for everyone at The Narrow Lounge.