Discovering Vancouver’s Sports Bars

Photo Credit: Anthony Maw

Photo Credit: Sharkclub Calgary

The problem with being a sports fan is that the fandom never stops. Whether you’re at home, or away, whether it’s puck-drop or kick-off, if your team plays you can’t miss it. So, if you find yourself in Vancouver, where do you go to catch the slap shots, touchdowns, right hooks, layups and penalty kicks you crave?

I’ve got some good news for you. Your options are endless.

Yes, this magnificent metropolis is a hub for the sports fan— and not just because of the talented teams that call this city home. Vancouver is a sports fan’s dream because you’ll be hard-pressed to find a neighbourhood without at least a few great sports bars to choose from. So warm up, and let’s take a quick tour!

If you find yourself downtown with a game to catch, take your pick: Try Shark Club on Georgia for football and fantastic fare. Or, try Red Card on Seymour. They’ve got TVs and staff in numbers that will ensure your experience is epic— plus, their European theme is impossible not to love. You can also check out Mahony and Son’s on Canada Place, an Irish Pub that will cover all your bases as a sports fan, with great grub to boot. Then there’s Kingston Taphouse. Yes, you guessed it. They’ve got sports, but they’re also a microbrewery. That means a bevy of beers with which to celebrate victory or dull the sting of defeat. Finally, try G Sports Bar on Granville, who’ve got you covered for baseball, boxing and everything in between.

If you’re across the water in Kitsilano, try Yagger’s, where you’ll find flat screens galore. They’re located on West Broadway. There’s also The Oakwood Canadian Bistro on West Fourth, where you can cheer on your team with a belly full of delicious Canadian fare.

In Yaletown? You’re in luck. If you’ve got a game, fight, or match to catch, try PHAT Deli on Mainland Street. Just don’t leave without trying their sandwiches. And as usual, if you like wash down your sports with local beer, you’re in luck: Try Yaletown Brewing Company, also on Mainland Street, or The New Oxford on Homer.

If you’re a sports fan in Gastown, the getting is good. Check out The Charles Bar on West Cordova, where an all-local staff will make sure your sporting experience is a home run. There’s also Steamworks Brewing Company on Water Street. Cozy up to their bar and catch the game on any of their many TVs. And the options don’t end there. There’s also the Lamplighter on Water and Blarney Stone on Carrall, or the Black Frog Eatery on Cambie, where, if your ears need a break, you’ll find a quieter viewing experience.

Photo Credit: Anthony Maw

The Lamplighter in Gastown. Photo Credit: Anthony Maw

If you’re in the West End, watch the game at Score on Davie or Dover Arms on Denman. There’s also the Comox Street Long Bar, whose name says it all: they’ve got a long bar, which means lots of seating. Oh, and if you’ve got a competitive side, they’ve got pool tables to play between periods.

East Van is no different. Try Toby’s on Commercial Drive. They’ve got you covered, regardless of your sport, be it hockey, soccer, or UFC. You might see me there— I’ll be the sad Sens fan in the corner. You can also catch the game at St. Augustine’s, which is also on Commercial, or X-Site on E. Hastings.

I’m sure by now it’s clear that in Vancouver, no sports fan should worry about missing the game. And the good news is that the list extends far beyond the bars I’ve mentioned. Yes, in this sports savvy city, you’re always just around the corner from a bar or booth from which to watch the game. There’s no guarantee your team will win, but in Vancouver, sports fans never lose.

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