Drinking in Vancouver


With beautiful pubs that overlook the water, a major brewery, a fine wine store and even a sake-tasting bar, Granville Island is a great place to taste the best that BC has to offer.



Granville Island Brewing was Canada's first micro-brewery; and many locals still swear that it makes the city's best beer. Here, you can take a tour, buy premium beer, or enjoy a pint in the pub. Popular "local flavours" are Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale and Cypress Honey Lager. The brewery supports many of the island's festivals and hosts Oktoberfest.


Backstage Lounge, part of the Arts Club Theatre, offers food, drinks and live music. Not surprisingly, it's popular with the theatre and arts crowd.


After buying gourmet groceries in The Public Market, it's quite convenient to pop across the street to Liberty Wines. If you are interested in sampling local wines, you might want to try a Burrowing Owl MerlotWild Goose Autumn Gold, or Jackson-Triggs Ice Wine


If you are looking for a lounge, The Sandbar serves local wines and fruity cocktails with panache.  You could stay for a meal (highly recommended) or just sip drinks and snack on appies, such as the wok-fried calamari, while watching yachts go by.


Granville Island is home to the only sake maker in all of Canada. Masa Shiroki, originally from Japan, manufactures a premium Canadian product, made using pure B.C. water and Canadian sake rice. His business, Artisan SakeMaker, has a beautiful tasting bar where locals and visitors may sample products before they buy.


In the Granville Island Book, Masa shares his passion for "converting sake-haters to sake-lovers!"