Whether it’s a Canucks hockey game or the Super Bowl, when it comes to game day in Vancouver, there’s no shortage of sports bars to cheer alongside the locals. So we’ve narrowed down our top picks based on best overall TVs and sound, food and drink, and atmosphere – and all are within walking distance of The Burrard.
The Score on Davie (West End) – This Davie Street sports bar has gained a serious reputation for its Caesar game, and what could possibly go better with Sunday sports than this Canadian classic? The bar team’s Insta-worthy spin on the cocktail takes “garnishes” to a new level, with menu items like the Mac & Caesar (deep fried mac & cheese, onion rings and a pickle), and Checkmate (roasted chicken, a Score burger, pulled pork slider, onion rings, chicken wings and more). And while the Caesars are worth a visit alone, The Score is a local’s favourite come game day thanks to its 10 large TVs, delicious Canadian grub, extensive drink list and rowdy atmosphere. www.scoreondavie.com
Phat Sports Lounge (Yaletown) – This Yaletown hotspot is a neighbourhood favourite for catching the game, with seven feeds, 16 big screen HD TVs and excellent sound. Throw in everyday specials like $3 sleeves, $5 pints and $15 pitchers, plus an all-day breakfast menu, and you have one happy crowd. Phat is also known for its friendly and attentive staff, and menu offerings of smoked meat classics. Don’t miss the Montreal-Smoked Meat Sandwich (served on marble rye with mustard) or the Reuben (Montreal-smoked meat topped with sauerkraut, melted Swiss cheese on toasted marble rye with mustard). www.phatsportslounge.ca
Charles Bar (Gastown) – Located at the foot of the Woodward’s building, Charles Bar (pictured above) is one of the trendier places to catch the game. Its modern design and unique V-shape structure provides sports fans with a nine-foot TV screen, plus dozens of other TVs around the bar and even mini LCD’s in some of the booths. The loaded menu features favourites like Colony Poutine (Kennebec potatoes, cheese curds, scallions and Montreal-style chicken gravy), the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich (buttermilk fried chicken, cayenne butter, pickles, lettuce and mayo) and a selection of flat breads and fresh salads, which can be enjoyed with daily drink specials. Afterwards, stay for the DJ or head out and experience Gastown’s great nightlife scene. www.thecharlesbar.ca
Yagger’s (Downtown) – If you’re looking for a more relaxed and casual atmosphere, this is the place for you. With plenty of TVs, friendly and inviting staff and a value-driven menu, we love this bar’s relaxed environment and comfortable seating options (hello, comfy couches). Their take on casual comfort food also hits the spot, with made-from-scratch dishes like Stuffed Beef Yorkshires (slow-cooked roast beef stuffed in Yorkshire puddings and smothered in demi-glace and horseradish cream) and Lamb Stroganoff (slowly braised lamb shoulder in a creamy white wine and mushroom sauce). They also have a great selection of daily drink steals, and best of all accept reservations on game night! www.yaggers.com
Central City on Beatty (Downtown) – This relative newcomer is the place to be for true beer enthusiasts – with 40 craft beers on tap, including several of Central City’s own Red Racer and limited release beers, along with a number of North America’s best indie brews. The solid food menu also features a selection of chuck and brisket burgers (served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and housemade Red Racer sauce), handcrafted pizzas and more. The 4,800-square-foot space is also ideal for game day, with 200 seats, long tables, and numerous projectors and big screen TVs. Its location near BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena also make it a good spot for catching some pre- and post-game energy. www.centralcitybrewing.com
Do you have a favourite downtown Vancouver sports bar that we missed? Let us know. We’re more than willing to take one for the team and go check it out! In the meantime, get ready for the game-day action and start by booking your stay with us.