Tuesday, 2 December 2014

The Best Beer Bars in Vancouver Not Named Alibi Room or St. Augustines

via sudscraft.com
By now you know that there are two clear cut answers when it comes to the question "Which is the best beer bar in Vancouver?" It's either Alibi Room or St. Augustines. Everyone knows those are the top locations to imbibe at that aren't tasting rooms or brewery lounges, and that's the reason they're full all of the time!

The question has now become "Which are the best beer bars in Vancouver that aren't named Alibi or St. Augustines?".

Here are some recommendations for you.

Tap & Barrel

Best known for their amazing patios, the two locations each carry a tap list of 28 BC craft beers. Sit back and enjoy the views with a pint of something local. If you're feeling adventurous, try their unique food menu. PB&J burger, anyone?

The Donnelly Group's newest location, it recently grew its tap list to 48 beers. The list is BC heavy with new guys like Barkerville and Yellow Dog available, they also offer a nice selection of American beers such as Stone Brewing. Every day from 3-6pm all craft beers are $5 for 18.5oz during Happy Hour. I'll drink to that!

Kitsilano's main craft beer hangout, this pub is serving up full 20oz pints from 30 taps and a regular cask program. If you're anywhere out near Kits, this is the place to have a beer. Check out what's coming up on their cask list HERE.

Another Donnelly spot, this Gastown pub boasts fifty taps. They've got everything you need from Red Truck Lager to Central City's ISA to the 82 IBU Star Struck Rye IPA from Deep Cove. Stop in on Wednesday evenings and join the Vancouver Facial Hair Club for a round of Bourbon & Bingo. It's a great time.

Portland Craft

Looking to get away from BC beers? Head to Portland Craft on Main Street for a taste of what's going on South of the 49th Parallel. The 16 tap list is always rotating and always top notch.

Bonus: 12 Kings

Vancouver's newest craft beer bar, these guys are on my radar to check out. With the president of CAMRA on board, you know that they'll be serving up great brews!

Next time you're hitting the town and looking for somewhere new to go for a beer, give these spots a try. Surely I didn't get all of the best craft beer bars in town on this list, share your recommendations in the comments or tweet me at @VancityBeerGuy


  1. Stateside Craft is a great alternative to St. Augustine's on the Drive.

    1. Have yet to check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

    2. Yes, huge recommendation for Stateside Craft.

  2. Six Acres in Gastown is awesome if you ever get a chance to try it :)