While beer, cocktails, and wine are commonly enjoyed in the evening, sometimes you’ve just got to engage in a little day drinking in order to beat the heat, escape the after-work crowd, or simply let your hair down.
Thankfully, Vancouver has plenty of day-drinking-friendly watering holes where you can do just that (and more). With a collection of indoor and outdoor spots, we’ve rounded up the best bars in the city where you can enjoy a casual day drink.
Occupying space in the Settlement Building, on a nondescript side street in the Railtown, Vancouver Urban Winery (VUW) is a hidden gem featuring high ceilings, a warm and welcoming atmosphere, and plenty of opportunities to explore wine. VUW’s tasting room, which possesses 36 wine taps, allows patrons to taste the boutique winery’s in-house brands, as well as a selection of wines produced from other wineries around B.C. Wine and dine from 11 a.m. onwards during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekend.
Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Railtown
For those in search of the perfect craft beer, look no further than Colony Bar on Main Street. Comfortable and casual, Colony Bar offers patrons eighteen draft beer taps, including six local rotating taps. In addition to their progressive craft beer program Colony Bar also serves a variety of red and white wines, in addition to classic cocktails. Open from 11:30 a.m. during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekend, Colony Bar promises to keep everyone, from beer aficionados to those who are new to the craft beer scene, happily satisfied.
Address: 2904 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
For all your day drinking needs, head to Darby’s Public House in Kits. This non-pretentious bar patio is open from Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and boasts an impressive line-up of B.C. craft beers and decent food specials. It doesn’t hurt that the patio is sun-drenched most of the day and you won’t be frowned upon for showing up in sandals and beach wear.
Address: 2001 Macdonald Street, Kitsilano
Showcasing a stellar cocktail list, which features tea based and classic cocktails, in addition to draft beer and wine, Chill Winston is an ideal spot to grab either a quick or a lingering day drink. Open from 11 a.m. onwards, patrons who frequent Chill Winston can order their preferred beverages as soon as they sit down, as the bar begins pouring drinks as soon as 11 a.m. hits. Visiting patrons who turn up to Chill Winston, so early on in the day, are not only promised a range of delightfully fruity cocktails, but they also guaranteed a far less crowded space in which to enjoy them.
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Gastown
Located at Stamps Landing, this Irish-themed pub serves hearty pub fare. Bar service starts as soon as the doors swing open at 11:30 a.m. during the week and 10:30 a.m. on the weekend. Not only does Mahony & Sons offer a casual dining and drinking experience, but it also boasts arguably one of the best outdoor patios in the entire city. The 250 seat patio overlooks False Creek and is drenched in sunlight for most of the day.
Address: 601 Stamps Landing
Open daily from 11 a.m. until late, the staff at The Mill won’t give a second thought to your order of a mid-morning pint. Serving a range of local craft beer, imported drafts, wine, a variety of Caesars and plenty of summer sippers, including sparkling wine sangria, The Mill is great spot to enjoy a late-morning libation. It’s all about the patio here so be sure to grab a table in the sun.
Address: 1199 West Cordova Street, Coal Harbour
This Davie Street haunt welcomes patrons from 11 a.m. onwards during the week and 10 a.m. on the weekend. Grab some Canadian pub grub, a glass of local wine, or a craft beer, and people-watch all day long from the Score’s sought after outdoor patio. Rather lively in the evening, drinking at the Score during the day is much more relaxed affair.
Address: 1262 Davie Street
Tired of the same old drinking spots? Why not turn your quest for a day drink into an expedition and head over to North Van to the recently open Tap & Barrel. Situated in a prime location adjacent to Lonsdale Quay, Tap & Barrel – Shipyards offers the same reliable drinks and food menu as its sister pubs, in addition to a few standout features, like the mezzanine’s lending library (feel free to take a book, or bring in a book or two). Sit at the bar, eat, read or sample some exclusive wines from wooden barrels and beers on tap.
Address: 8 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver
Devil’s Elbow Ale & Smoke House serves tender smoked meat, crispy bites and sharable snacks, in addition to a range of craft beer and whiskey, in an atmosphere that is reflective of its warehouse setting. Open during the week from 11:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Devil’s Elbow is the perfect daytime hideout for those who want to retreat inside, it’s dimly lit and contains rustic wood furnishings, exposed brick walls, and industrial fixtures.
Address: 562 Beatty Street
With an impressive array of local beers, including their very own Pat’s Classic Lager, micro-brewed on site, Pat’s Pub & Brewhouse is the perfect place if you’re looking for an affordable, no-fuss-kind-of-joint to enjoy a drink or two. This unassuming East Hastings pub starts slinging beer from 11 a.m., seven days a week, and is full of colourful characters. The bar also mixes a mighty-fine cocktail too.
Address: 403 East Hastings Street