7 Top Pubs in Vancouver to Connect with People

Posted on January 28, 2017 - Like any city in the world, Vancouver can be a lonely place. If you’re new to the city or looking to meet new people, it’s not always so easy. There are pubs around the city that welcome you with open arms. The staff is warm and the patrons are looking to chat up new people. With so many internationals being drawn to this world class city, there’s always a lot of interesting people from all over the world to connect with. Here’s where they hang out.

The Thirsty Beaver

The The Beaver Bar on Granville Street is directly below the Samesun Backpackers Hostel. What’s much fun about this spot is that the pub is full of newcomers to the city. This has organically attracted locals that know it’s a great place for cheap drinks. It’s a friendly atmosphere that’s set up for socializing with open, worldly people. You won’t find an ounce of pretention here.

The Cambie

Another hostel bar, located in Gastown, The Cambie has long been a staple of fun Vancouver times. With arcade games, a pool table and a lot of space, there’s plenty of room for locals and world travelers alike. It’s got an old-school appeal to it that always seems to stay in trend, attracting a diverse crowd from young to old. The pints are cheap and people are open to getting to know one another.

Johnny Fox’s Irish Snug

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug on Granville Street is a cozy little pub that has attracted many of the Irish expats. The Irish know how to act in a pub and it’s hard not to be friendly in this bar. Locals know this and it’s packed with people always open to chat. There’s live Irish music on Sundays and the minute you walk in, people will give you a nod of acceptance. It feels like you’re walking straight into a pub in Ireland with the authentic looking bar and friendly vibration. Of course, there are plenty of Irish beers on tap.

Storm Crow Tavern

This tavern on Commercial Drive is a welcoming hang out for nerd crowd, supplying their patrons with board games and Sci-Fi TV. They have Trivia on Tuesdays and have a lot of board games to help with social engagement. Always busy, there are plenty of people to nerd out with and there’s a definite welcoming vibe to the place. The quirky décor and down-to-earth cozy spot is a welcoming spot for everyone.

The Rickshaw Theater

The Rickshaw on East Hastings is a spacious theatre that holds up to 700 people at a time. It was once a Kung-Fu Theater so it’s got a cool vibe to it but now hosts intimate concerts. It attracts a crowd on any given night that is passionate about the music. If you find a venue you’re into, you’ll be in good company with down to earth folks. The staff is friendly which seems to flow into the patrons they attract.

The London Pub

The London Pub on Main Street has been a popular hang out for the young and old for years. It’s classy in a sense with a lot of space, exposed brick and arches yet attracts a down to earth crowd. They play fun music that gets everyone dancing and seem to promote an environment that gets people chatting to one another. Sometimes, it’s hard to explain what makes a place feel so welcoming but there’s something about the London Pub that attracts people who are open to connecting.

The Regal Beagle

The Regal Beagle on West Broadway is a neighbourhood pub which is the foundation of it’s friendly nature. Locals love this bar and make newbies feel welcome, especially if you live in the Kitsilano area. Many of the sports leagues teams hang out here after their games too so there’s a nice celebratory spirit on any given day. You’re going to enjoy the staff as they go out of their way to make you welcome. You can chill out for as long as you want, they’ll never rush you out the door after you’ve paid the tab.

Have I missed any of your favorite spots? Do you a pub that makes you feel welcome every time you go there? If you know of a great spot, please leave a comment.

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