These 8 Vancouver bars made Canada’s 50 Best Bars of 2019 list


In mid-April, Canada’s 100 Best revealed their 2019 restaurant rankings. Now for the second year, they’re following up with a list of Canada’s 50 Best Bars of 2019, and for this ranking, Vancouver has an impressive eight spots worth raising a glass or two to.

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In fact, Vancouver’s imbibers can pour one out for the always-popular Keefer Bar, which nabbed the number two spot, behind Toronto’s celebrated Bar Raval in the top rung. This is also the second year The Keefer Bar was ranked in the second spot.


Also cracking the top 20 are Botanist (9), Prohibition (15), The Diamond (16), and The Shameful Tiki Room (18). Hawksworth’s cocktail bar, the Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim, and Grapes & Soda (the latter the pick for best bar of the recently-revealed Vancouver Magazine 2019 Restaurant Awards; The Keefer Bar’s Amber Bruce was named Bartender of the Year).

Canada’s 50 Best Bars profiles each of the top 10 in detail on their site, with brief tips for what to order and expect for the remainder of the list. You can view the full rankings over there, but in the meantime, plan to hoist a toast at one of the local watering holes via this list of the Vancouver picks:

2. The Keefer Bar
9. Botanist
15. Prohibition
16. The Diamond
18. The Shameful Tiki Room – Vancouver
30. Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
35. The Cocktail Bar at Hawksworth
49. Grapes & Soda

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom