8 Must-try Dive Bars in Vancouver

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Tired of the Granville Strip? Venture into one of these local dive bars. They’re open late, have affordable prices, and you’re guaranteed to meet interesting characters.


8 Must-try Dive Bars in Vancouver

By Vancity Buzz

Tired of the Granville Strip? Venture into one of these local dive bars. They’re open late, have affordable prices, and you’re guaranteed to meet interesting characters.

  • Brickhouse

    By Vancity Buzz

    With a decent array of whiskies & craft beers, Brickhouse is a low-key dive bar. The couches & stuffed chairs make it look more like someone’s basement than a bar. Bring cash.

  • Ivanhoe Pub

    By Vancity Buzz

    Located by Pacific Central, Ivanhoe is a go-to pub for travelers on a budget. With $5 lunch specials & free-meal-with-beer Mondays, it’s a good bar if you like being around interesting people.

  • The Fringe Cafe

    By Vancity Buzz

    The oldest neighborhood bar on West Broadway, the Fringe provides a cozy, friendly atmosphere. It’s small but not cramped, and has a solid selection of Scotch and craft beers—what’s not to love?

  • Cambie Pub and Grill

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    Located under a hostel, the Cambie is voted one of the best places to meet your significant other by the Georgia Straight. With pint specials at $3.75, it’s one of Vancouver’s most well-known dives.

  • The Cobalt

    By Vancity Buzz

    The Cobalt is a inclusive bar & venue that hosts a mix of interesting events, punk rock and drag shows. If you like live shows, this is the place to be.

  • Pub 340

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    One of Vancouver’s longest-standing dive bars (since 1898), Pub 340 is well known for their extremely cheap specials, live punk/metal shows, and pinball—they have a pinball room with 11 machines!

  • Royal Canadian Legion

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    Only blocks from Commercial-Broadway, this Legion hosts a diverse crowd. Not close to your house? Find a legion in your ‘hood to show your friends your shuffleboard skills.

  • Jackalope’s Neighbourhood Dive

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    If you’re looking for a dive, but still want good food, Jackalope’s is for you. The quirky decor, and bustling atmosphere coupled with great food makes this a friendlier bar than others on this list.

  • Brickhouse, 730 Main St.
  • Ivanhoe Pub, 1038 Main St.
  • The Fringe Cafe, 3124 West Broadway
  • The Cambie Pub and Grill, 300 Cambie St.
  • The Cobalt, 917 Main St.
  • Pub 340, 340 Cambie St.
  • Royal Canadian Legion, 2205 Commercial Dr.
  • Jackalope’s Neighborhood Dive, 2257 East Hastings St.

Have a favourite dive that we missed? Comment and let us know!

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