After a grueling day at work, you deserve a little break. Maybe catch a bite to eat and a few brews with friends, then dash off to the nearest movie plex for a few hours of cinematic bliss. There are options aplenty. You work and play in the greater Vancouver area, the largest city in British Columbia, so there is no shortage of things to do – museums, theatres, sports complexes, and, of course, great restaurants and other nightlife destinations.
Top 5 bars in Gastown, Vancouver
Known as the original settlement which later became the core of Vancouver, Gastown’s history began in 1867. Soon, it became a bustling seaport thanks to its waterfront location. Teeming with salons, sawmills, and trading posts, it has since blossomed into a virtual mecca of hipster-attracting retailers, high-tech businesses, and nightclubs galore. If bars are your “thing,” then we have some recommendations. And as you might expect, the best is concentrated along the waterfront.
- Tuc Craft Kitchen. Location: 60 W Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C9, Gastown, Downtown Eastside. Phone: (604) 559-8999
With its vintage-style cocktail bar, wood-paneled walls, and comfortable seating for two or more diners, Tuc’s has food and drink options that complement one another no matter the occasion. Top menu choices include Pork Belly Cracking, Fish & Dip, chicken and waffles, and many burger options. Drink options include seasonal tipples like “About Figgins’ Thyme,” “Roasted Pineapple” and other old-fashioned, new classics such as “Bourbon Sour” and many other fine wines, craft beers, and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Gringo. Location: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 0C4, Gastown, Downtown. Phone: (604) 721-0607
A popular and inexpensive taco bar, Gringo will take you back a few years – all the way to the ‘80s and ‘90s and all the music, movie, and cultural iconography you would expect. Menu choices include Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, including a variety of tacos, quesadillas, burritos, “bowls” bursting with delicious ingredients, sides and dessert items and, of course, non- and alcoholic beverages galore (think margaritas, awesome bourbon mixes, beer, and “Thai” buckets for the thirstiest diners).
- Salt Tasting Room. Location: 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1A4, Gastown, Downtown. Phone: (604) 633-1912
Offering “exceptional food and drinks,” Salt Tasting Room is famous for its small-batch cured meats, artisan cheeses, and “phenomenal” wines. Fine wines are available by the glass or bottle; on tap are local and imported beer, cider, and other cocktails and spirits for your tasting pleasure. Feeling hungry? How about sandwiches, soups, salads, or three-course meals?
- Pourhouse Restaurant. Location: 162 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, Gastown, Downtown. Phone: (604) 568-7022
Known for its 100+ years-old architecture, Pourhouse features a 38-foot long bar with styles of dining and drinking to match. The restaurant offers fancy and simple cocktails, a reasonably-priced wine list, and craft beers and non-alcoholic drinks. Enjoy a bite from a menu that includes burgers, steaks, and salads.
- Six Acres. Location: 203 Carroll Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Gastown, Downtown. Phone: Phone number (604) 488-0110