After a long day, there's nothing quite like a cold beer to chill out and relax with. Vancouver is a city that works hard and plays hard. During the day, you'll see people running along the Seawall, riding through trails on the North Shore and strutting through the city with a yoga mat over their shoulders. But when night falls (or happy hour hits), it's time to unwind.
Craft breweries have been popping up over the city for some time now, and they each have their own unique charm and brews. Whether you're planning on doing a brewery hop (see what we did there?) or getting comfortable in one location, these breweries are a great place to start for a night out:
While in Vancouver, relax with brews like these at 33 Acres Brewing Co. — Photo courtesy of 33 Acres Brewing Co.
Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Started by three East Van friends who were home brew and craft beer enthusiasts years before they opened their own brewery, Parallel 49 Brewing Company creates fun and tasty beers. They're not afraid to take some risks, and you'll find unique blends here that hit the spot.
At the brewery, you'll find a mixture of brews that are always available and some seasonal options. Not only do they have some fun with making the beer, they also take it to the next level with their naming. Hoparazzi, Gypsy Tears and Lord of the Hops are just some of the fun labels they make.
Prior to the brewery, the owners opened St. Augustine's, a popular pub that's known for its beer, too.
Pat's Pub & Brewery
Ionic pub Pat's Pub & Brewery makes their own lager and serves it up in a charming environment. What was originally The Patricia Café in 1914, it has evolved over the years to become what it is today.
However, some things haven't changed, like the live music that fills the room. Grab a pint and slow down to some moody jazz. Though they don't make a variety of beers, the lager is a classic, just like the venue.
Inside Brassneck Brewery in Vancouver — Photo courtesy of Brassneck Brewery
Open seven days a week , Brassneck Brewery is a local favorite. This brewery has a tasting room and a growler shop, where you can fill one up and take some beer home with you. The roster of beer changes, and on it you'll find familiar styles and some lesser known. These guys like to experiment!
Feeling peckish? Most nights, you'll find one of Vancouver's food trucks outside, where you can order food and bring it inside to eat with your beer. Try a flight of beer to maximize your tasting selection.
Brassneck's big sister, the Alibi Room restaurant, is another local favorite that has been a leader in their offerings of beer over the years.
33 Acres Brewing is smooth and clean, just like the beer — Photo courtesy of 33 Acres Brewing Co.
33 Acres Brewing Co.
Local gem 33 Acres Brewing Co. serves their crafted beer in a beautiful, contemporary space that's perfect for a night with friends.
Currently, there are four beers that they make: 33 Acres of Life, a dark amber that's full-bodied and crisp; 33 Acres of Ocean, a light amber that's nice and hoppy; 33 Acres of Darkness, a Japanese-style black beer; and 33 Acres of Sunshine, a German-style blanche.
They also offer a variety of snacks to nibble on, from nuts to charcuterie and cheese to ice cream and more, along with the option to purchase from a rotating list of food trucks outside the brewery. They'll fill growlers for you to take home, if you like.
There are more breweries throughout Vancouver, but these should help get you started to a good night out.