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Vancouver may be perched on the edge of the continent, but we’re still Canadian, eh? And that means we love a good pint of beer. Not so long ago, Vancouver was a city of pubs, shabby, cosy, casual and stinking of stale beer. Most of the old school pubs are gone, some sadly replaced by boring chains, but others by terrific new brewpubs and gastro pubs. Best of all, the city now features a number of great local craft breweries, starting with the original Granville Island Brewery (now part of the giant Molson family), and including such favorites as R&B Brewing and Storm. Plus we have an active chapter of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) as well as a whole community of passionate brewers (and brewsters, too) who show up to local cask nights with crazy concoctions like matcha lager or chocolate orange porter.
So if you’re looking to raise a pint, here are the Top 10 places to do so:
1. The Irish Heather: 212 Carrall St., 604-688-9779
Local legend Sean Heather’s Ttrrific Gastown gastropub, with fantastic pub grub, a massive whisky list and a generous selection of interesting brews including the Irish classics and cult faves from Brooklyn, Rogue and local breweries.
2. Alibi Room: 157 Alexander St., 604-623-3383
Modern tavern overseen by owners and beer fanatics Raya Audet and Nigel Springthorpe. Boasts 25 taps featuring North America’s best craft pours, as well as a great food menu and one of the best brunches in town.
3. Chambar Restaurant: 562 Beatty St., 604-879-7119
If you love Belgian beer — and really, who doesn’t? — this is the place for you. Wide selection of Belgian brew, ranging from witbier to lambic to trappiste, as well as their own Chambar ale and lager. It all goes so nicely with Chambar’s Belgian-by-way-of-Africa cuisine.
4. Dix BBQ & Brewery: 871 Beatty St., 604-682-2739
This may be part of a chain — the Mark James Croup of bars and restaurants, which also includes the Brewhouse in Whistler and the Flying Beaver in Richmond — but it’s still an authentic brewpub featuring handcrafted beers. Check out the monthly cask nights and special events like Beerapalooza and Caskival.
5. The Whip Restaurant Gallery: 209 E. 6th Ave., 604-874-4687
Hey, the artsy set likes their brew, too, especially at The Whip, a funky gallery / restaurant / bar / local hangout just off Main Street. It features rotating taps of great local craft beers as well as weekly cask nights every Sunday at 4 p.m.
6. Steamworks Brewing Co.: 375 Water Street, 604-689-2739
The city’s first brewpub still attracts crowds to this cosily quirky spot right at the entrance to Gastown. Nice selection of house-brewed beer as well as casual pub nosh and a lively atmosphere.
7. Granville Island Brewing: 1441 Cartright Street, 604-687-BREW (2739)
Yes, you can pick up a six-pack of Island Lager here, but more to the point, you can also take a tour and tasting or join in any of the myriad events that are hosted here. (One favourite: beer and chocolate pairing.)
8. Six Acres: 203 Carrall Street, 604-488-0110
This is where the food and drink industry types go when they want a pint, so you know it’s got be good. And with more than 40 bottled beers plus an ever-changing list of feature brews, as well as great share plates and other libations, this cosy brick-lined space has got it all.
9. Vij’s Restaurant: 1480 West 11th Avenue, 604-736-6664
As a sommelier, Vikram Vij knows that one of the best things to go with Indian food is beer. And since his exotic little restaurant serves some of the best Indian food in North America, he makes sure it also serves some of the best beer. Expect to find local favourites from Storm Brewing here.
10. The Black Frog: 108 Cambie Street, 604-602-0527
This Gastown spot is a favourite with sports fans and others. Nicely rounded beer list. Good food. Fun crowds. What more could you want?