Vancouver's Best Bars: There's a Bar Stool With Your Name on It

Planning a night out? You'll want to check out these Vancouver bars. From hole-in-the-walls to fancy hotel bars, there's something for everyone here.

Should you ask a Vancouverite to list their top bars in the city, many would place the Keefer Bar on their list. This local favorite is dark, cozy, and the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks. Located in Chinatown, there are a number of great restaurants to grab dinner prior to pulling up a seat at the bar here.

Sometimes you just need to step back in time and enjoy kitschy drinks in a retro themed bar. If the name of The Shameful Tiki Lounge  isn’t any indication, one sip of their cocktails and you’ll get the full picture. There is no shame in a stiff drink here! If you're going with a couple of friends, the flaming Volcano Bowl is always a fun one to order.

When it's a cold beer and a fuss-free bar you want, head to The Narrow Lounge. This hole-in-the-wall bar along Main Street attracts a laid back crowd and serves a variety of beer, cocktails, wine, and spirits in a chill space.

Cabs and public transportation are easy to get from the city’s buzzing entertainment districts so it's easy to get home after a night out on the town. 



When you want to get dressed up and sip on fancy cocktails in a fancy space, Prohibition is the place to go. Prohibition is located in the basement of the luxurious Rosewood Hotel Georgia and this bar and lounge exudes decadence of the...  Read More



Along the cobbled streets of Gastown, you'll find an underground lounge where live music and cocktails mingle; making for an ideal night out. Guilt & Co. is easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for so keep your eyes peeled...  Read More

Alibi Room


If a delicious craft beer and a chill atmosphere is what you're looking for, the Alibi Room has a seat with your name on it. Having been around for years now, it has long been a favorite amongst Vancouverites and is a go-to spot for a bite and a...  Read More



Make your way up a dimly lit set of stairs and you'll find yourself at The Diamond. The exposed brick walls and candlelit space create a charming atmosphere to catch up over drinks. If you can, grab a seat by the window to enjoy the lovely...  Read More



At the corner of Main St. and 2nd St. is a local favorite watering hole. And, if you didn't know what you were looking for, you may just miss it. To say that it's inconspicuous would be an understatement. Pro tip: Look for the door with the red...  Read More



While YEW seafood + bar is an excellent choice for a delicious meal, it's also a fantastic spot to go for drinks. Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel, YEW's warm and cozy lounge is the perfect spot to unwind over a drink or two. They have...  Read More



Make your way to Coal Harbour's Fairmont Pacific Rim for a good time. On any given night, there's a live band, cold drinks, and delicious food available at The Lobby Lounge and Raw Bar. While popular with hotel guests, you'll also find plenty of...  Read More



The Shameful Tiki Room is one of the most fun places to grab a drink in Vancouver. Once inside, soak up the super kitschy decor of carved masks, retro lighting, and post cards scattered throughout the space. Without any windows in sight, the...  Read More



After a day at the office, a cocktail and some good conversation is just the tonic you need to unwind. Set amongst Vancouver's financial district, Nightingale has a cocktail with your name on it. The downstairs lounge boasts soaring...  Read More

Keefer Bar


When you're in the mood for a fun and lively evening, head to Chinatown and you'll find just the spot. The Keefer Bar is one of Vancouver's favorite places to grab a drink before or after dinner. Having been around for a number of years now,...  Read More


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