Studying abroad often involves visits to bars and clubs; studying abroad in Vancouver takes you one step further, with pubs that are practically a course requirement to visit. Vancouver's history includes a curious story of a man nicknamed “Gassy” Jack, who arrived in Vancouver in 1867 and opened the city's first pub. Today, that story lives on in Gastown, Vancouver's oldest neighborhood and original downtown area.
The many pubs that carry on the culture and traditions that were said to be the foundation of what is now modern-day Vancouver. So, when you decide to study abroad in Vancouver, soak up the history and culture by visiting these top 10 pubs:
1. Whip Restaurant & Gallery
Located on East 6th Avenue on the street level of the Ashnola apartment building, originally constructed in 1912, this modern pub is voted among the best in Vancouver. The building's Edwardian Renaissance style, charm, and inviting atmosphere make the Whip a must-visit.
2. Railway Club
One of Vancouver's most popular music venues, the Railway Club has been operating in the same location since 1931. Originally an exclusive club for railway workers, this place has a lot of great history, food, drink, and entertainment.
3. The Cascade
Named after Vancouver Brewery's flagship beer, “Cascade: The Beer without Peer,” this popular bar pays homage to the old brewery and the current neighborhood. While in Vancouver's historic Brewery Creek district, stop by the Cascade Room for an award-winning cocktail.
4. Irish Heather
This gastropub calls Gastown home, and is a popular location for locals. Serving a variety of traditional Irish dishes, and boasting several Irish beers, the Irish Heather is a great place to enjoy a pot pie and a Guinness.
5. The Local
Right across the street from the beach on Cornwall Avenue, the Local Public Eatery offers a variety of eats including some Canadian traditional dishes like poutine. As the website states, “It's common food done uncommonly well.”
This pub's 30-foot bar has more 22 beers on tap, and the staff wears kilts as a part of their uniform — reason enough to stop by! Similar to the Irish Heather, this bar is sure to give you a traditional taste of Ireland while nestled in the heart of Vancouver.
7. Chill Winston
Enjoy your lunch or dinner on the expansive patio or in the homey dining room of this renowned restaurant and bar. Also located in Gastown, the Chill Winston gives a distinctive feel for the culture of Vancouver.
Another Gastown pub, the Cambie is a local favorite, and a great place to find some of the best drink specials in town. Oh, and there's also a 6-foot TV screen to watch all the Canucks games.
9. Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar
This elegant restaurant and bar is located in a refurbished warehouse, which makes for a classy and beautiful environment. Dedicated to sourcing wild, sustainable seafood, Blue Water is one of the best seafood bars in town serving fresh and modern dishes in the midst of the historic Yaletown neighborhood.
10. Six Acres
Last, but certainly not least, is the famous and historic Six Acres. Located in the Alhambra building, which stands on the site of Gassy Jack's Deighton Hotel, is the oldest brick building in Vancouver. With plenty to choose from on the drink menu, and many dishes meant for sharing, Six Acres is a great place to spend the evening soaking up the history that is Vancouver.
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