You’re traveling for adventure, so why settle for your old go-to drink? Wine, beer, cocktails, spirits — Vancouver’s got a whole buffet of alcohol just waiting for you to sample. Here are 7 different kinds of the drink spots, from our exclusive Journy database.
Hyper Local Craft Beers At Brassneck Brewery
Part of the new craft beer wave in Vancouver, Brassneck is a family-run neighborhood brewery and tasting room in Mount Pleasant where they like to keep things simple. On the menu: a rotating roster of “dangerously drinkable” self-brewed beers and the occasional sausage. They may not have a kitchen, but they invite a cast of food trucks that serve an interesting variety of goodies just about every night. You won’t find any bottles here – just a handful of kegs and growlers to go, along with beers to stay in their tasting room. Try the corn lager or the Passive Aggressive, a refreshing single-hop extra pale ale.
Boutique British Columbia Wine At Vancouver Urban Winery
Vancouver Urban Winery is a boutique winery in a collective at Vancouver’s Settlement Building. The winery produces 700 cases of wine per year and sells them in house. The massive tasting room has 36 wine taps, which will give you a taste of their product along with a selection of wines produced from other British Columbia wineries. Wine flights start at $12 and tasty eats are served by Belgard Kitchen.
Small-Batch Spirits At Odd Society
Nestled in East Vancouver’s brewery district, Odd Society is one of the city’s most innovative small-batch distilleries, where you can sample everything from bittersweet vermouth to their famous Crème de Cassis (made with local black currants). Be sure to stop by from Thursday to Sunday, when a master bartender mixes craft cocktails using their signature spirits.
Apothecary Cocktails At The Keefer Bar
Smack-dab in the middle of Chinatown is The Keefer Bar, an interesting fusion of funky dive bar and apothecary-inspired cocktails. Nearly all their cocktail additives—tincture, syrups, bitters—you name it, they make it in house. Their cocktail menu is extensive, so stay a while and try a couple different concoctions.
Asian Fusion Inspired Drinks At Bambuddaa
Bambudda is the star of the fun-loving Gastown cocktail scene. Though Bambudda is an Asian fusion restaurant, the cocktail program really shines. Cool creations like cocktails in tea pots and grown up bubble tea (with the help of an aquarium pump?) make this drinks destination a must visit.
Music & Cocktails At Guilt & Company
A buzzy cocktail lounge in Gastown, Guilt & Company also serves modern Canadian food and hosts live music performances seven nights a week. A basement spot with a long bar, unfinished walls, exposed pipes, and low lights, it draws a young, pretty crowd, as much for the beer selection as for the concerts (including Tuesday night burlesque). If you love board games, they’ve got plenty, along with a giant Jenga set. If you’re craving something sweet, they also serve a mean slice of red velvet cake.
Speakeasy Cocktails At HelloGoodbye Bar
Behind a nondescript entrance off Hamilton Street, Hello Goodbye is a subterranean speakeasy that hits all the right buttons: studded leather booths and barrel chairs, delicious drinks (including the Gincident, with gin, chartreuse and basil) by master bartenders Johnny Richard and Mickey Valens, open mic night on Tuesday, Rebel Bingo on Wednesday, and daily drink deals from Tuesday to Friday.
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