Vancouver is known locally for its plethora of breweries, gastropubs, and sophisticated bars. There are craft breweries located everywhere in the Greater Vancouver Area, including North Vancouver, Port Moody’s Brewers Row, and Mount Pleasant. Keep reading to discover the 10 best breweries and bars in the city that you need to sample today.
Located in the historic Salt Building in Vancouver’s False Creek neighborhood, CRAFT Beer Market is popular because it has over 100 local and international beers on the menu. For indecisive beer drinkers, it will be hard to choose a favorite. Pair your beer with a fresh, local dish such as Dark Beer Braised Beef Brisket, Grilled West Coast Salmon, or Phillips Beer Can Chicken.
One of four breweries along Brewers Row in Port Moody, The Parkside Brewery is a local hot spot. With its open plan and large patio, it is always busy on the weekends in summer. Their year-round beer selection includes the Dawn Pilsner, Dusk Pale Ale, Dim Wit Wheat Beer, and Graffiti India Pale Ale. The Parkside Brewery partners with various local food trucks too so that you can enjoy their delicious offerings with a side of beer.
“The main thing is the beer” is Main Street Brewing’s perfect motto. The brewery sits in Vancouver’s Brewery Creek neighborhood in Mount Pleasant. Their year-round brews include a pilsner, IPA, pale ale, saison, and brown ale. Fortunately, they’ve partnered with a number of local liquor stores and restaurants so that you can sample their beers in many places. Main Street Brewing also has a small number of appetizers on the menu.
Located on Commercial Drive—one of Vancouver’s coolest neighborhoods—St. Augustine’s is a local favorite. The craft brew house and restaurant has a live beer menu and over 60 taps on constant rotation. Customers can view on screens the percentage of beer left in the keg. It’s ingenious and a good conversation starter. St. Augustine’s also has a menu filled with delicious pub grub options.
The Steamworks Brew Pub in Gastown is a one-of-a-kind steam-generated brewery—the only one in Canada. Their unique beers include an award-winning pumpkin ale, two different IPAs, plus a pilsner and lager. Located in a large historic building with varied seating across a few levels, Steamworks also has an impressive dining menu, featuring pub favorites, pasta, and pizza.
Owned by a husband-and-wife team, Powell Brewery’s award-winning beer is so popular with locals that they had to move to a bigger premises on Powell Street in 2014. They offer both seasonal and year-round beers, including the Cheeky Session, the Dive Bomb Dark Ale, the Lazy D’Haze IPA, and the Old Jalopy Pale Ale. The latter won Powell Brewery bronze for “Extra Special Bitter” at the World Beer Cup Awards in 2016.
Big Rock started in Alberta, before expanding to both Vancouver and two locations in Ontario. Big Rock Urban Brewery & Eatery in Mount Pleasant has both a beer store with a growler fill bar, as well as a full-service restaurant and lounge that hosts live music weekly. Their food menu is very beer inspired, which is evident in dishes such as the Beer Bagel and Salmon Lox, and the stout BBQ-flavoured chicken wings and 16-hour dry ribs.
Brassneck Brewery’s small tasting room in Mount Pleasant—just around the corner from Main Street Brewing in fact—is always brimming with loyal fans, no matter the day or season. The brewery began because the owners are truly, madly, deeply in love with beer. Their beer names are a lot of fun too—Bivouac Bitter, Bjørn Again, Passive Aggressive, Klutz!, Ambiguation, and No Brainer are just some of the catchy brews you can enjoy at Brassneck Brewery.
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