Want to taste something new, enjoy a fun night out with friends, or just unwind at a chill, local watering hole? Vancouver is not short on places to go out for drinks... here are just a few of my favorites.
Ben's Bottle Shop
What’s not to love about choosing from more than 700 options? Whether you want a variety of bottles to take home or you want to try something new right there, Ben’s is the place to go. They’ve got 24 beers on tap which I think is the most I’ve seen in any bar in Vancouver. Plus, a little food menu, but if I’m being honest I’d start with food at Rally Pizza or Woody’s Tacos in this same strip mall, and then hop over to Ben’s for the beer.
Vault 31 Bar
Okay nerds (I say that with love!) this is your spot. 18 TV's, 42 consoles, and a collection of over 4600 video games…plus craft cocktails and dessert from Cookie McCakeface, this is a super fun spot for a casual date or group outing with friends. Games are free as long as you’re ordering food or drinks, and my favorite guideline on their website is probably this one: Please do not ask staff to pick a game for you. We will intentionally pick something awful and you won’t be allowed to change it.
The Grocery Cocktail & Social
One question… WHAT do they put on their popcorn?? I know, that sounds crazy but it’s so good, just try it. They’ve also got a small dinner menu including lamb corndogs (I didn’t even know I needed those in my life.) I really come here for their craft cocktails though, which change weekly. It’s got a super private upstairs section, perfect for people watching over the balcony, and you should def hop on their Instagram to contribute creative cocktail names… if your name is chosen, you get a free one.
Merged with the Hungry Sasquatch, where you can get a slice of ‘za and enjoy some arcade games, Thirsty Sasquatch got a total makeover by new owners in 2020 and straight up, delivered. My favorite part about their bar is they offer the option to “roll the dice” on any type of liquor, where their bartenders will craft something unique and tasty that you’ll never get to order again.
Tap Union Freehouse
For a quiet drink and wide selection, Tap Union Freehouse is one of my favorite, low-key, underrated spots in Vancouver to grab a beer. They have board games, cozy seating upstairs, a little outdoor seating, and a small but delicious menu of sandwiches and light bites to eat. I feel like it never really comes up on Google Maps when I'm perusing somewhere to go on a Friday night, and I'm a big fan– consider it more of a conversational spot than a place to get wild.
A tiny craft brewery in St. John's, a bit off the beaten path, but noteworthy for their nachos alone. I don't know what they do to that smoky carnitas but I can't stop/won't stop, and the pile is HUGE so make sure you have someone to share with. They have four flagship beers and a rotating tap of limited releases, and aren't crazy busy on a weekend which is a little relief from the Downtown Vancouver frenzy.
Caps N Taps
You’ll feel like family at Caps N Taps in downtown Camas, run by my neighbor Michelle who is one of the sweetest gems I’ve met up here. A full bar and ever-changing beers on tap, it's one of the places I feel comfortable coming to solo, or with friends, for a low-key evening, with good service, and great energy. Watch out for their biscuits and gravy on special occasions a couple times a year…they’re just like Amom’s (my grandma.)