25 unreal hidden bars and restaurants in Vancouver

Mar 6 2020, 11:37 pm

These restaurants, cafes, and bars might be tricky to find, but once you find these gems, the search will have been well worth it.

These establishments are some of Vancouver’s best-kept secrets (some more secret than others), but now you too can enjoy these treasures.

From underground cocktail lounges emulating the roaring twenties to cafes in the middle of much-loved neighbourhoods – go out and find them if you can!

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Hundy operates in the same building as Their There in Kitsilano at 2042 West 4th Avenue, and will only open after the beloved cafe closes. The new joint is a “thoughtful, minimalist approach to burgers and fries.” This new counter-service spot opens Thursday to Sunday from 5 to 11 pm.

Address: 2042 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-736-8828


Northern Café & Grill


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You’ll find this gem at Northern Building Supply Ltd, where the kitchen will be whipping up mom and pop diner classics (which they’ve been doing since the 1960s).

Address: 1640 East Kent Avenue S, Vancouver
Phone: 604-313-8118

Hi Genki Restaurant


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Hi Genki Restaurant is located at 6680 Southoaks Crescent in Burnaby, and it’s in the same building as Nikkei Place senior care centre and the Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre.

Address: 6680 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby
Phone: 604-777-0533



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Located at 789 Gore Avenue, Honeybee Bruncheonette, a new-ish destination for mid-morning meals, transforms into a spot for drinks and bites in the neon light, aka Soap, by night.

Address: 789 Gore Avenue, Vancouver

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Gran Reserva Downstairs


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Fans of Bodega On Main also enjoy the spot’s underground bar, Gran Reserva Downstairs. A hip place to be and a popular spot to settle in if you happen to be on Vancouver’s Main Street.

Address: 1014 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-565-8815


Guilt & Co


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Guilt & Co is a destination to head to for an awesome atmosphere daily from 7 pm till late. Live music, whiskey, and brews are endless at this low-key Gastown haunt.

Address: 1 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-288-1704

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The Narrow Lounge


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Look for the red light — that’s how you’ll find this secret spot. Located on the corner of Main Street and 3rd Ave, head here for a modern speakeasy atmosphere, delicious drinks, and delectable bites.

Address: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-737-5206

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Hello Goodbye


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Head through an unmarked door and step into this “drinking den.” The basement bar is notorious for good times and good drinks – after all, it’s only open Thursday to Saturday. This spot also boasts Hon’s dumplings, table service, live music, and DJs.

Address: 1120 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-6292

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The Basement Hotel Belmont

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Hotel Belmont’s Basement is tucked away and full of delights. This spot has a menu boasting a selection of wine, beer, cocktails, and a late-night dessert window too.

Address: 654 Nelson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-605-4333

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Nordstrom’s Habitant & Bistro Verde


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Hidden inside luxury department store Nordstrom is Habitant, a swanky bar on the second floor. If you head up one more floor, you’ll find the seasonally inspired Bistro Verde.

Address: CF Pacific Centre – 799 Robson Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-699-2100

Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Reflections/The Garden Terrace and Prohibition

Please note Reflections is not currently operating. 


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On the fourth floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia is the sensational outdoor cocktail lounge, Reflections in the winter, and The Garden Terrace in the summer. The hotel’s other hidden spot, Prohibition, is open three days a week, Thursday through Saturday. To enter, look for the green light on the side of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia along Howe Street for the dark stained wood door.

Address: 801 W Georgia Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-673-7043

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Army and Navy’s Jack’s Place

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Inside Army and Navy, there’s a lunch counter serving up hot and prepared food for a bargain price.

Address: 36 W Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-682-6644

Key Party

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This Main Street gem is an “open secret” spot and features a 40-seat lounge inspired by a “1970s house party.” Key Party’s cocktail program features drinks like the Spiced Sunrise, Coconut Cream Grasshopper, B-52, and Cherry Paralyzer, along with jello shots made from champagne and cassis.

Address: 2303 Main Street, Vancouver


Colette Grand Café – Vancouver


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The Colette Grand Café, located in luxury department store Holt Renfrew, is known for its French-style fare in a chic and sophisticated atmosphere.

Address: Holt Renfrew Vancouver – 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-678-0316

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Caffe Cittadella


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This Vancouver heritage home turned cafe is nestled in a residential area at the corner of Ash Street and West 7th Avenue, one block west of Cambie street. The charming two-storey cafe makes a fabulous cup of matcha to fuel you through the day.

Address: 2310 Ash Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-5909

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Gringo is an upbeat taco bar serving up affordable tacos in a space filled with bright pink flamingos and neon signs. This Mexican cantina is located along Blood Alley across from Tacofino’s patio in Gastown, between Carrall and Abbott street.

Address: 27 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver

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Le Marche St George


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In the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood sits the beloved Le Marche St George. Part cafe, part grocery store, Le Marche offers a momentary escape from the chaotic big city with its hot lattes and expertly crafted crepes.

Address: 4393 St George Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-565-5107


Salt Tasting Room


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Salt Tasting Room is located in Gastown’s Blood Alley Square and has mastered the art of charcuterie boards and wine pairings. Create your own unique tasting experience by picking three artisanal cheese and cured meats, three condiments, and a flight of three wines.

Address: 45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Phone: 604-633-1912

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The Diamond and The Back Room


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Through a glass door and up a flight of stairs is the award-winning cocktail lounge The Diamond. It’s all about the cocktails at this joint and it is hard to pick just one from their extensive three-page menu. This spot also has a back room, which serves simple highballs, beer, and plays VHS tapes on an old-school TV.

Address: 6 Powell Street, Vancouver


The Bottleneck


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Tucked into bustling Granville Street, The Bottleneck is super easy to cruise past if you’re on a mission. Great for cheap drinks and filling food like pizza and charcuterie, this spot serves as a central place to pre-game before a concert or night on the town.

Address: 870 Granville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-739-4540

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Grapes & Soda


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Vancouver’s first natural wine bar isn’t out in the open; it’s tucked right next to its sister restaurant, Farmer’s Apprentice. It’s got 30 seats and awesome cocktails and you’ve got to check it out if you haven’t already.

Address: 1541 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-336-2456

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DownLow Burger

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This gem is located inside The American and they make one of the best burgers (and fried pickles) in town.

Address: The American — 926 Main Street, Vancouver


The Emerald


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Behind the green door in Chinatown and up the stairs you’ll find The Emerald’s talented bar staff creating drool-worthy libations and delicious bites in this former dim sum restaurant.

Address: 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8477

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With files from Gurleen Boparai.

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