Keefer Bar

Exploring the Excellent Vancouver Bar Scene

Whatever sporting event takes you to Vancouver, you’re guaranteed a great time. Besides the fact that when visiting the city you could potentially ski in the morning and then lounge on the beach in the afternoon, you’ve also got access to some truly world class dining, and of course the excellent Vancouver bar scene. Whatever your tastes run to, from classic cocktails to micro-brew, upmarket or laid back, you’ll find the perfect place to have a drink or two in this city. Here are seven spots worth searching out:

Prohibition at the Georgia Hotel is a sophisticated throwback to the roaring twenties, where you can pick up beautifully crafted bespoke or vintage inspired cocktails. There’s also a variety of champagnes to choose from, making this a great spot for a romantic celebration (or toast to your winning team!).

Brassneck Brewery on Main is a no fuss clean and bright tasting room where all focus is on the delicious beer that is produced there. It seats only 50, so be prepared for a line-up at times to get in, but beer aficionados will not be disappointed once they do get a seat. Besides, there’s usually a food truck parked outside

The Keefer Bar is a fabulous little spot in Chinatown where you’ll find apothecary inspired cocktails made with handcrafted syrups and bitters. Decidedly cool, this dark bar is filled with lowbrow art and artifacts, and also serves a delicious menu of small plates inspired by its neighbourhood. Be prepared to mingle with tattooed hipsters, burlesque dancers, and even celebrities (Owen Wilson has been known to stop in when filming in Vancouver).

Hapa Izakaya on Robson Street is an informal Japanese style bar that serves great food along with various beers and sakes. Expect a fun loud vibe, where you’re greeted heartily in Japanese by all the servers when you enter, and treated like a friend the whole time you’re there. Choose a traditional floor mat instead of a table for an extra authentic experience.

The Shameful Tiki Room on Main Street offers up a fun pseudo-Polynesian vibe and killer cocktails. There’s often live entertainment (with go-go dancers!) and weekends here have a real party vibe.

L’Abattoir in Gastown is a very cool hang-out that offers exceptionally good cocktails in a beautiful heritage building. Sitting at the bar guarantees you a great window on vibrant Gastown outside, and opportunities to chat about the bar’s collection of vintage spirits before splurging on a nip or two.

Red Card Sports Bar on Smithe Street is the perfect place to watch any games you don’t have tickets to. With 16 HD TVs and two massive projection screens, it doesn’t matter where you sit as you sip on premium drinks and enjoy excellent bar food. This place is a real treat to watch any game in.


Roadtrips is taking soccer fans to Vancouver this July for the Women’s World Cup Final, why not come with us and we’ll show you the very best of the city. Contact us to start planning your bucket-list worthy trip to this epic sporting event.