Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, Gastown has been reborn in recent years as a place to go after dark. While Granville Street is the place to go for clubs, Gastown’s scene is more about bars. This is an excellent place to go for a cocktail, but you’ll also find Irish pubs, wine bars, and beer halls. If you’re looking for a more refined atmosphere, many of the coolest restaurants turn into bars later in the evening.
If you go: In the summer, the epic patio at Chill Winston is hard to pass by. Sit down, order a beer and watch the world go by. Savour a classic, well-made cocktail at Pourhouse, but if your evening is just ramping up, the energy at The Lamplighter Public House or The Charles Bar is probably what you’re looking for. The bar at the front of Wildebeest is a great place to end the night, with a great wine list and delicious bar snacks.