Some may call them seedy, but others think they’re paradise.
Us? We just call them dive bars.
Places where dress codes are non-existent, new friends are more than welcome, and drinks are typically served in pitchers with a healthy side of grease and shenanigans.
This is the beauty of a dive bar, and here are 10 in Vancouver where you can head to live it up.
At The Cambie beer pong is a celebrated sport, and brews, fries, and burgers are in constant supply. Judging from the long line that curls around the bar every Friday and Saturday night, this Gastown haunt is a crowd favourite even when it’s not Tuesday ‘Cambie Pong’, Wednesday Wing Night, or Thirsty Thursday.
Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A ‘friendly little pub’ with a lively reputation, Pub 340 is a great place to kick it with old friends and new while catching up over a pitcher. This spot has and open mic night on Wednesdays and karaoke on Tuesdays and Thursdays along with cheap food, a pinball room, and free WiFi (in case you need to practice your karaoke lyrics before your stage call).
Address: 340 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Instagram: Pub 340
Aside from cold beer, the Ivanhoe serves all the main food groups: burgers, fries
steaks, lasagne, spaghetti,
Address: 1038 Main Street, Vancouver
Facebook: Ivanhoe Pub
The Brickhouse has pool, darts, and twinkle lights – everything a bar needs for a killer Friday night. This place has a full-stocked bar with shelves spanning up to the ceiling, so you’re bound to find something you can sip on all night long here.
Address: 730 Main Street, Vancouver
Facebook: Brickhouse Late Nite Bistro & Bar
This hotel and bar is location in Chinatown and if you’re in the area, it’s a solid place to grab a cheap drink. Built in 1913, The West Hotel Pub has a ton of history and it always attracts an eclectic crowd, so people watching is just as fun as drinking the beer.
Address: 488 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Now try saying that ten times fast. This self-proclaimed hardcore bar offers live punk and metal on Fridays and Saturdays as well as ‘The Evil Bastard Karaoke Experience’ from Sunday to Thursday starting at 9 pm. This place has “cheap-ass beer and drink specials everyday” so it’s pretty much a go-to dive.
Address: 37 West Hastings, Vancouver
This country music pub has some serious charm. Even from the outside, it looks like the type of place where you’d get in some trouble. ‘Vancouver’s Favourite Country Club’ has beers, WiFi, and of course, great music by artists like Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.
Address: 74 West Hastings Street
Facebook: Grand Union Hotel Pub
Cheap drinks, great food, live music – the three things that make for a perfectly chill night out on the town. Savoy offers all of these things and more including a ton of karaoke and themed events.
Address: 258 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
This East Van restaurant and dive bar serves bunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks. The food comes in big portions without the big price, and the atmosphere is always welcoming and relaxing.
Address: 2257 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Shenanigans lives up to its name every time. With an array of food and cold drinks, along with with dart boards, pool tables, and a dance floor, it’s a great place to camp out for the night with friends.
Address: 1225 Robson Street, Vancouver
Facebook: Shenanigans Bar & Grill