Vancouver: the home to multiple professional sports teams, and their proud fans. However, ticket prices can be steep! The next best thing? Grabbing a group of friends, and heading to sports bar, pub, or restaurant! Since the recent rise of the Vancouver's craft beer scene, sporting establishments have been popping up left, right and center. To help, we’ve created a list of our favorite places to watch sports. Here are our top 5 favorite spots to catch a game:
Found in the heart of Yaletown, the Yaletown Brewing Company is the ultimate spot for drinks, food, and game days. They offer a large menu with classic items like sliders, ribs, and deep fried pickles; but they also have unique items like duck confit pizza. Come early and grab a comfy seat in their lounge or opt to sit in their big open dining area - which guarantees that no one’s head will be in your way.
Central City Brewing, found at Central City Surrey and a stone’s throw away from BC Place, offers over a selection of over 35 hand-picked, BC craft beers, with food specials rotating daily. Pair their renowned Red Trucker beer with a burger, and your game is guaranteed to start on a good note. Secure a spot with a reservation and you’ll have a prime view on one of their large screens.
Malone’s Social Lounge is a great spot to spend game day with multiple HD screens, a new audio system, and 38 rotating craft beers on tap. They have ample seating in both their lounge, and bar, which is key in looking for the perfect spot for game day. They're specials rotating daily; Wine Wednesdays means 50% bottles of wine (from 3pm) and from 3pm-5pm everyday, 16oz sleeves and highballs start at $3.90.
With the choice of two locations in Downtown Vancouver and Kitsilano, every seat in Yagger’s Restaurant and Sports Bar has a view of their HD televisions. Their Vancouver location has been around since 2005, and they know how to do game day well. They have “fun food, and serious drinks,” and they offer a great selection of rotating drink and meal specials!
Are you sensing a theme yet? You can’t have football Sundays, or any game day, without a good brew! Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub on Main Street (yes, it’s the same as the one in Whistler!) offers big screens, classic Irish fare, and a lively atmosphere. In addition to their daily specials, they also offer game day meal specials for $12. Irish favorites like meat pie and a pint of Guinness are the perfect recipe to a good night.
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