A gem, to an ex-pat Brit, found it very difficult to locate great bars in Vancouver, this more than makes up for it. Tiny place, best staff in town, and the best cocktails by a country mile, (pretty good food too!).
1326 Davie Street, Vancouver, @ Broughton
Having just scored the grand slam of culinary awards, newcomer Nu's awards are richly deserved. The wine list is phenomenal, and it is fast gaining a reputation for its excellent cocktails (Jay Jones is the resident mixologist). The service is second to none and the food a dream. The only downside is the eclectic interior, thankfully there is a patio with an amazing view. Order a Windsor and watch the sun set. Pure bliss.
1661 Granville St, Vancouver;
tel: 604 646-4668
Mind your owls: Grey Owl is a good vineyard producing some rather nice wines - Burrowing Owl produces superb wine for only slightly more money. Ask you waiter. Oh, and avoid the local organic 'pyramid' wines: not bad, but very overpriced.
Burrowing Owl: www.bovwine.ca
Everything a great pub should be - including an outstanding view across the harbour. With a range of finely brewed beers - from the Cascadia Cream Ale to the Ipanema Summer White and the delicious Coal Porter - you'll find a brew that will match your taste. And watch out especially for the seasonal ales - they may sound a bit weird - Great Pumpkin Ale anyone - but boy are they good.
375 Water Street, Gastown;
This small live music venue plays host to many up and coming bands as they pass through Vancouver. A long gallery running right around offers great views of the stage and the tall mirrored bars add to the appeal. Check the website for who's playing next - many bands who are 'big in the UK' play their first Canadian gigs here.
Great little bar in a stunning location on the south shore of False Creek. The nearest thing to proper pub food, the fish and chips are delightful, particularly when washed down with a few sleeves of Spring Lager.
Grab a window seat looking out over the marina or top up your suntan on the upstairs deck. My best suggestion is chat to the friendly locals and bar staff downstairs, there'll be some expats who'll quickly pick up your accent. They'll even put some footy on the TV if they like you.
Stamps Landing is next to Monk McQueens, one the best seafood restaurants on the West Coast. By car, exit the Cambie Bridge and turn right onto Moberley Road. Parking is easiest in the pay car parks. Best to leave the car and get the aquabus as Stamps has it's own drop off. Ideal for doing a crawl between here and the Granville Island Brewery.
610 Stamps Landing, False Creek;
tel: 604 879 0821
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