Vancouver’s bar scene includes everything from high-end and glamorous spots to unique gathering places for the arts community to micro-distilleries. Here are the 10 best bars in this vibrant Canadian city.
Guilt and Co., set in a dark, intimate basement, is the perfect scene for those looking for a bar and a live-music venue. It has a friendly, alternative vibe, so head down with old friends or make new ones and listen to local musicians. Try its Valerie cocktail for a combination just as sultry as its cabaret nights. Be sure to check the bar’s online calendar for a list of upcoming live acts.
The Diamond is one of Vancouver’s top-rated cocktail bars, with an appropriately glittering chandelier in the center of the room and industrial, red-brick walls. In this Gastown district spot, drinks come in crystal glasses, and despite the elegance, it has a friendly, casual, neighborhood atmosphere. Starting a night out with its Buck Buck mule (gin, fino sherry, lime, cucumber and ginger beer) is highly recommended.
The Fringe Cafe is the oldest bar on West Broadway, and its bohemian, European spirit is exuded in its open-mic music and poetry nights. Adorned with flyers and posters advertising local art events, this bar-cafe caters to individuals looking for Vancouver’s creative scene and like-minded locals. Sit back with a Canadian beer while enjoying the relaxed, unpretentious art-community vibe that Fringe has consistently offered since its foundation in 1990.