You can't always leave the kids at home. Thankfully, Vancouver is a city full of drinking – and eating – establishments that cater to foodies with underagers in tow. Whether you're bringing little ones along to a bar with board games or just grabbing a booth at the local pub, cold pints and laid-back vibes await you at these family-friendly spots.
During the joyous hours where food and drink can be had for less, indulging in an early dinner (or at least pre-dinner drinks) doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks. In Vancouver, the Happy Hour deals are plentiful. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites for when you can get out a little bit earlier. [Image courtesy of Medina Cafe]
In close proximity to one of the nation’s best wine regions, it’s no surprise that Kits is home to numerous restaurants catering to wine lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the work of an artisanal chef or just relaxing with friends after work, here are several spots to fill your glass in Kits. [Photo courtesy of Bishop's]
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]
What better way to stay cool on a summer day than with a refreshing, crisp and refined cocktail from Great Britain? These Vancouver bars and restaurants offer the finest Pimm’s Cups in the city. Pinkies up ladies and gents! [Image courtesy of Cactus Club Cafe]
Rainy evening or summer afternoon: it’s always a good time for a gin and tonic. Some of Vancouver’s finest establishments turn a classic G&T into an original masterpiece. If you’re looking for fizz and flavour, pull up a stool at these local cocktail bars. 
Who doesn’t love the refreshing blend of zesty lime and tequila? As patio season fast approaches, these vibrant spots throughout Vancouver offer creative and classic margaritas for summer sipping. [Image credit: iStock.com/mitchellpictures]
Relaxing, chic or a rollicking good time, Vancouver’s Kitsilano is home to a vast array of watering holes. If you’re looking for discounted food and drinks to put you in a good mood, here are some of the neighbourhood’s best Happy Hours on offer throughout the week. [Image credit: iStock.com/microgen]
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