Best places to cheers with a beer in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Vancouver’s Chinatown is Canada’s largest. It offers rich history, heritage and character, making it an area full of must-visit spots. Whether you’re looking for a place to spend an afternoon sharing brews with pals or an intimate spot to catch dinner and drinks for date night, we give you the best places in Chinatown to grab a beer. [Photo credit: iStock/OkorokovaNatalya]

The Keefer Bar

135 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3

With a dark and lavish interior, The Keefer Bar on Keefer Street is a glamorous locale that’s perfect for a chic date. While The Keefer is renowned for their specialty cocktails, they also serve a wide selection of local and import beers to satisfy any taste. Go for a local favourite like Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale or try an Asian-style lager like a Lucky Buddha.


185 Keefer Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6L4

Located in the heart of Chinatown on Keefer and Main, Juniper offers fresh, Cascadian-inspired, seasonal food in a contemporary space filled with copper, concrete, beech wood and steel. On tap, you’ll find a rotating selection of regional sips like 33 Acres’ Sunshine Blanche, Dageraad’s Belgian Amber Ale and Strange Fellows’ Talisman Pale Ale.

The Cobalt

917 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2V8

A part of the Vancouver late night scene for more than a century, The Cobalt is a distinctive arts and entertainment venue with plenty of personality. With 12 rotating taps featuring a variety of craft beers, there’s always a delicious local or import brew to try at The Cobalt.

The Emerald Restaurant

555 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z6

Designed with four stylish spaces – the Lounge, the Dining Room, the Boardroom and the Back Cabaret – The Emerald is a distinctive mix of old-school Las Vegas charm and modern opulence. Share generous platters or canapes with friends or order a delicious meal from the dining room menu. Then, complete your experience with a pick from The Emerald’s rotating selection of bottled and canned beers.

Want to grab a brew with friends? East Vancouver’s Strathcona offers a unique mix of old and new architecture, traditions and eateries – making it a fun area to find a spot to cheers. Here are a few of the best places to sip a beer in Strathcona. [Photo credit: iStock/LeszekCzerwonka]
It doesn’t matter if you’re craving a pilsner, a pale ale or a porter – if you’re looking for a delicious beer served alongside one-of-a-kind waterfront scenery and plenty of atmosphere, Granville Island is the place to be. We’ve rounded up a few of the best places on Granville Island to grab a cold one. [Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/Nelson Mouellic]
Celebrate your love of cinema – and the return of the Vancouver International Film Festival – with a creative film-inspired cocktail or “VIFFtail.” Select Vancouver bars and restaurants have created special cocktails inspired by iconic films to serve in September and throughout the film festival. Here are a few choice places to pay homage to the best in film with a refreshing VIFFtail. [Photo courtesy of L’Abattoir]
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