Great spots for a beer on Vancouver’s Granville Island

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]

Granville Island Brewing

1441 Cartwright St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R7

As Canada’s first microbrewery, Granville Island Brewing has brought local brews to thirsty Vancouverites (and beyond) since 1984. Located on Cartwright Street and across the street from the famous Kids Market, this brewery is a Granville Island icon. Visit the tap room to taste their original lager or to sip on their latest small-batch beers. Or, if you have some more time to spare, book a tour for a sampling of three tasters and a behind the scenes experience.

Dockside Restaurant

1253 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Dockside, tucked beside the stylish Granville Island Hotel, offers unforgettable views of the city and False Creek. Start with a tasty bite from the restaurant’s menu – like the flavourful Thai bouillabaisse or grilled Haida Gwaii halibut – and then quench your thirst with a pint from their fresh, handcrafted beer selection. Favourite house brews include the Cartwright Pale Ale or the Railspur IPA.

Tony's Fish & Oyster Cafe

1511 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R5

Looking for a casual, relaxed atmosphere to go along with your beer? Located on Anderson Street, adjacent to Vancouver TheatreSports League’s The Improv Centre, Tony’s Fish & Oyster Café is the place to hit on Granville Island. Pair one of the local brews on tap (by the glass or pint) with Tony’s amazing homemade tartar sauce, battered fish and fresh cut chips.

The Vancouver Fish Co Restaurant & Bar

1517 Anderson St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R5

In September 2014, The Vancouver Fish Company opened their doors at the entrance to Granville Island, greeting visitors with fresh, succulent seafood dishes and a diverse drink menu. With a wide variety of B.C. beers on tap, there’s a pour for every taste – from those looking for a classic lager like Red Truck’s to those seeking something a bit more adventurous like Bomber’s Passion Fruit Ale or Hoyne Brewing’s Dark Matter.

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]
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]
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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