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Must-Try Cocktails and Beers from Vancouver

In May 2015, we spent my birthday eating and drinking our way through Vancouver. We had no idea that Vancouver was such a great city for bars, and we both were thoroughly impressed with the variety of craft beers and delicious cocktails offered everywhere we went. Here’s a short list of our favorites and where to find them!

The Lennox Pub

Welcome to #Vancouver! @granvillebeer IPA. Went down really smooth. #beer #beerdo

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Mandarin Aloe

Mandarin Aloe

Mandarin Vodka, Aloe Vera Juice, Mandarin Wedge

This drink is SO refreshing! I ordered it and after one sip, Jeremy said: “oh those are dangerous”. It was so memorable, we offered it up as my signature cocktail at our wedding.

Steam Works Brewery

Mmm @steamworksbeer flight. Coconut ale, cucumber ale, IPA, and saison. #beer #beerdo

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black cherry cosmo from steamworks brewery in Vancouver

Black Cherry Cosmo

This cocktail was SO good, we came back later on our trip and I had a second one.

Gas Town

Enjoying an @okanaganspring #PaleAle at the #BlarneyStone in #Vancouver. Crisp and refreshing. #beer #beerdo

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Lipstick Jungle Cocktail at the Blarney Stone in Vancouver

Lipstick Jungle

This was such a fun drink. It tasted like an adult Shirley temple but without the cloyingly sweet part. It was sweet and delicious!

Prospect Point in Stanley Park

Frozen hard lemonade - Vancouver Cocktail

Frozen Hard Lemonade

After a very long walk and stiff climb up a hill, this frozen hard lemonade was exactly what I needed to cool off.

Granville Island

Vancouver Cocktail - Liberty Distillery

Vodka signature cocktail from Liberty Distillery

As pretty as this drink was, I don’t remember liking it. The ingredients sounded sweet but it actually was quite bitter.

cocktails of vancouver

Whiskey Signature Cocktail from Liberty Distillery

Jeremy chose a better drink. His whiskey cocktail was sweet and rich tasting and not over powered by the whiskey. We’ve searched for the name of this drink and can’t find it anymore. It may have been seasonal, but we could have sworn it was a “lemonade” or some sort.

Banana Boat - Vancouver Cocktail - Sand Bar

Banana Boat cocktail from Sand Bar on Granville Island

I remember being really excited for this since I love banana flavored things. I enjoyed it but If I remember correctly, it was strong and not as “refreshing” as I had hoped. It was more on the sweet artificial banana side. Still good! Sand Bar is still worth going to at any rate.

Vancouver Cocktail shot

Surprise Birthday Shot at Public House

Baileys, Kahlua, and bourbon


This was a gift from the bar tender at Public House. It tasted just like a chocolate mudslide and was a perfect end to our drinking adventures in Vancouver.

  • I wish I had this list before I went to Vancouver last year! I definitely want to go back though so I will have to keep this handy for them 🙂

    August 13, 2017 at 1:41 am
  • Looks like you guys had a blast! 😀

    August 13, 2017 at 5:10 am
  • I think my picks would be the Frozen Hard Lemonade and the Surprise Birthday Shot… I love Kahlua! Thanks for this helpful Vancouver guide. I still have not been but am hoping to plan a trip soon since I live in San Francisco now! <3

    August 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm
  • Sounds like a perfect way to spend your birthday! So many delicious options!

    August 13, 2017 at 8:36 pm

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