33 Acres

Vancouverites are spoiled for choice when it comes to craft breweries. Local favourite 33 Acres, combines a laidback yet high quality ethos with sleek polished concrete floors and minimalist style. Open all day, the brewery is set up for breakfast meetings in the morning, frequented by food trucks come lunch and dinner time and hosts tasting sessions in the evening. Try Sunshine or Ocean – two of the brewery’s most-loved taps.

Brassneck

Brassneck creates some of the city’s most innovative brews. Its small-scale production means that taps rotate almost daily. Belgian wheat beers infused with hibiscus, tart blondes and dry hopped IPAs sit alongside ten-week fermented corn lagers and traditional saisons – a tasting flight is the best way to sample them all. It’s bar snack menu offers local delights such as jerky bacon while food trucks offer more substantial fare come weekend.

Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant

Go to Heirloom for the delicious food (try the crispy cauliflower) and stay for the cocktails. Catering to both vegans and vegetarians, this airy South Granville spot is at once upscale and easy-going. Located just off the main shopping drag, it’s the perfect lunchtime pitstop. Strong and warming, the El Jimador tequila and ginger cocktail is one to get you in the mood for a good evening.

The Diamond

Although this cocktail bar is situated in Vancouver’s most popular Downtown district, its unobtrusive entrance can be easy to breeze past. Inside, the Diamond dazzles with old-fashioned charm. Walk upstairs to a candlelit dining room with exposed-brick walls and a glass chandelier. However, this hotspot’s most iconic feature is its bar-within-a-bar. The Elk Room is subtly tucked away behind the north wall, perfect for a clandestine cocktails.

Guilt & Co.

Descend into Guilt & Co., a dimly lit underground drinking den in which you can’t help but dance. This live-music venue will have your toes tapping or hips shaking, so leave any sense of dignity back at the hotel. Join locals for Hot Jazz Wednesday, a night that celebrates international and resident talent. Admire at a distance with a cocktail at one of the circular tables or shimmy down and get stuck in.

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    V6A 1B2

The Narrow Lounge

Squeezed between the shadows of Main Street’s industrial spaces, this cocktail bar is one of Vancouver’s most elusive of its kind. The entrance is a challenge to find and easily mistaken for a shady, graffiti-strewn alley. If the red light is on, it’s open. Inside, the lounge is small and surprising – with red wallpaper, hunting trophies and a shimmering chandelier channelling more boutique dining room vibes than the expected hipster hangout.

Strange Fellows Brewing

With its many warehouses, Vancouver has fostered an eclectic craft-beer scene, and with so many breweries from which to choose, it can be hard to narrow them down. Nevertheless, Strange Fellows Brewing is the most sophisticated place to dip into the liquid gold. The tasting room is minimal and elegantly designed, with light-wood furnishings, concrete walls and high ceilings. Purchase a Growler carrier and take some ale back to the hotel with you.

The Keefer Bar

This award-winning, apothecary-style bar offers a modern twist on traditional Chinese medicine. Cure any ailments with a herb-focused cocktail and settle back on stylish furnishings with dumplings and duck crêpes. Between dark-wood panels, vibrant LED lights of red and yellow illuminate intimate whisperings between tourists and Vancouver’s sophisticated elite.

33 Acres

Brassneck

Heirloom Vegetarian Restaurant

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