Best spots to sip a beer in Vancouver’s Strathcona

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]

Strange Fellows Brewing

1345 Clark Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3K9

Located at the edge of Strathcona on Clark between Charles and Grant Streets, Strange Fellows Brewing fuses Old World traditional influences with West Coast craftsmanship to create exceptional beers. Favourites include the Talisman West Coast Pale Ale, the Guardian White IPA and the Bayard Farmhouse Saison. Have a drink on tap in the tasting room – which features a rotating selection of local art – and then fill your growler for later.

The Union

219 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2

The Union – located off Main Street in the heart of Strathcona – has an industrial, yet glam interior and an Asian-influenced menu serving up banh mi, curries, noodles and more. Perfect for social evenings with friends, The Union offers an extensive drink menu with plenty of cocktails, wines and beers. Go for the local brews on tap or sip on a diverse selection of international flavours – try Singha from Thailand, Alhambra from Spain, Belgian Leffe Blonde or Irish Guinness.

Strathcona Brewery

895 Hastings St E, Vancouver, BC V6A 1R8

Founded by a group of friends with deep roots in the neighbourhood, Strathcona Beer Company is a landmark at the corner of Hastings and Campbell. Stop by the bright, spacious tasting room for a community vibe and draught beer like their premium pilsner, ISA or a seasonal selection. Don’t leave hungry – they have a gourmet pizza kitchen serving up fresh, unique slices to accompany your beer.

Red Truck Beer Company

295 1st Ave E, Vancouver, BC V5T 1A7

Located in Strathcona’s historic Brewery Creek – which a century ago was the home to numerous breweries – Red Truck Beer Company is a modern brewery with nods to the past. They’ve got a shop with merch, tasting tours and their Truck Stop Diner, which serves classic diner fare and beers at communal tables for a lively, fun experience. Try their iconic brews, like the lager, IPA and ale – or go for one of their unique seasonal beers.

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]
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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