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.
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
The Sports Bar / Live! At Rogers Arena (Yaletown) – In a crazy twist, this bar is actually right inside Rogers Arena—home of the Vancouver Canucks—but you don’t need a ticket to sit down and enjoy the game on the big screens inside! You won’t see the ice from in here, but you will enjoy lots of atmosphere, some pretty great chicken wings, and (perhaps surprisingly) reasonably priced brewskis. Note: it’s only open when there’s something on at Rogers Arena, but that also includes concerts and other shows. www.thesportsbar.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 house-made Corn Dogs, 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
Red Racer Taphouse (Downtown) – This is the place to be for true beer enthusiasts – with 40 craft beers on tap, including several of Central City Brewing’s own Red Racer and limited release beers, along with a number of North America’s best indie brews. The 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. But most importantly, the 4,800-square-foot space is 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.redracertaphouse.com
Bells & Whistles (Fraserhood) – This is a bit further out, but we think it’s worth it! A cool spot out in “the Fraserhood” (that’s the cool way of saying Fraser & East 16th), serving up solid burgers and wings, with hard-to-find and exclusive craft beers on tap. Our dream dinner is their Fancy Burger, Disco Fries and a Neapolitan Dynamite sundae for dessert. Catch the game on one of the two huge flat screens, and between periods, shoot some hoops at the arcade sports games in the back. www.bellsandwhistlesyvr.ca
Do you have a favourite 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.