After a long, soggy Vancouver winter that drizzled its way right into spring, there’s nothing to perk up Vancouverites’ spirits like a sunny afternoon on a rooftop patio. A glimpse of the city’s killer views from any one of these perched hotspots makes all those rainy days seem like a distant memory. Grab a seat for your dose of vitamin D. [Photo credit: Glowbal Restaurant Group]
Brut, Cristal, rosé – what is your favourite way to toast? Whether you’re spending a romantic evening with your significant other or partying with friends, there’s always something that calls for a glass of champagne. Celebrate the special occasion with some bubbly at one of these upscale and chic lounges in Vancouver. [Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver/Coast Mountain Photography]
There’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing glass of iced tea to beat the heat on a hot day – nothing except, a revitalizing iced tea cocktail! With the sunny season here, we give you some of the coolest places in Vancouver to kick back and quench your thirst with a delicious iced tea cocktail. [Photo credit: Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar]
Craft beer has enjoyed a huge rise in popularity lately, with new breweries popping up every week it seems. But what about those that don’t love beer? Or maybe you’re looking to mix up your beer-drinking game? Cider is a great answer to that! Here are more than enough cider-friendly places to enjoy this summer. [Photo credit: iStock/AlexPro9500]
It seems there’s always a new brewery popping up in Vancouver. And, it seems like we’re always writing about them – no complaints, here! With summertime here (as well as the season of patios and backyard barbecues), we give you the best new craft breweries in Vancouver. [Photo credit: Parkside Brewery/Caroline Courage]
If Vancouver’s bar scene is too social or slick for your night-out requirements, these cozy nooks offer a relaxing alternative, and they’re the closest you can come to a true European pub experience on this side of the Atlantic. Check out these laid-back locals for a solo pint or a low-key get-together with friends. [Photo credit: iStock.com/gpointstudio]
Things can get chilly above the 49th parallel. Thankfully, Vancouver’s restaurants and bars are heating up with flavourful cocktails inspired by South American tradition: think Cuba libres, pisco sours, caipirinhas and classic margaritas. Here are a few local venues that serve up drinks with Latin liquors and tasty food from below the equator. [Photo courtesy of Cuchillo]
Izakayas first arrived in Vancouver in the early 90s and the lively Japanese-style pubs have been a staple in the city ever since. Some joints stick to tradition, while local chains such as Guu and Hapa Izakaya serve up dishes influenced by the West Coast culinary scene. These Vancouver izakayas will have you shouting “Mou Hitotsu!” (one more!) thanks to their crowd-pleasing food and drinks. [Photo credit: everydayAnalog]
Back in the 1920s during Prohibition, Americans had to sneak into speakeasies if they wanted a drink. While the speakeasy-style bars on this list may be similarly low profile, it’s now for show rather than out of necessity. Find your way into one of these semi-secret Vancouver establishments today and you’ll be free to enjoy some standout cocktails without the threat of being arrested. [Image credit: iStock.com/luckyraccoon]
From cultural centers to traditional English pubs to Belgian beer parlours and Aussie hangouts, many local businesses will show the Olympic Games this summer. So, choose your favourite team, and head to one of these eight locations over the next couple of weeks. Not only will you meet fellow fans, but you’ll also enjoy drinks, food, and atmosphere as you cheer. [Image credit: iStock.com/andresr]
Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood is home to a plethora of well-loved spots where locals can grab a drink throughout the week. These seven Main Street bars might fall outside your usual stomping grounds – for now at least – but they're definitely worth a visit. [Image courtesy of Uncle Abe's/Photo credit: Victoria Black/Lindsay's Diet. www.lindsaysdiet.com]
You don’t need to travel to Scotland or Ireland to taste some of the finest whiskies and scotches the world has to offer – just ask the bartenders at these renowned whiskey bars, which are all located right here in Vancouver. [Photo courtesy of Shebeen/Photo credit: Allison Kuhl]
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