How to eat, drink and party like an Irishmen in Vancouver



Vancouver, Canada photo by: JustinMN


You don’t have to be an Irishman (or woman) wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day to find an Irish pub in Vancouver. Irish bars and restaurants run amuck in Vancouver, and range from cozy, quaint pubs to … Before you run out the door, decide if you’re in the mood for a quiet pint, an authentic pub dinner with a few drinks, or a night on the town that would put Colin Farrell to shame.

The Wolf and Hound 

If it’s a proper pint of frosty Guinness and flaky Steak Pie, you’ll feel at home at The Wolf and Hound, a long-standing Kitsilano pub known for its laid-back atmosphere and kitschy décor, Celtic armchairs and all. Open for lunch and dinner.

Foggy Dew

Greater Vancouver’s suburban answer to the Irish pub, The Foggy Dew is located in Coquitlam, and is a good place to grab a few drinks and dinner early in the evening, and continue drinking if you’re not in the mood to go all the way Downtown. Live music is on Thursday- Sunday.

The Pourhouse

A sister pub the The Foggy Dew, Pourhouse is a slightly more upscale Irish-themed pub. With its brick exterior, vintage red walls and ambient lighting, its well suited to its hipster Gastown location. While Pourhouse serves probably up more Irish-whiskey infused cocktails than pints of Guininess, it’s a good option for those looking for an Irish-inspired yet sophisticated night Downtown.


For many people, Doolins is ‘the’ Irish pub in Vancouver, and for good reason. Located in the heart of Granville Street, Doolins embodies the Irish pub we’ve always dreamt about, while simultaneously blending in with Granville Street’s party-hearty atmosphere.  Have one of their twenty three beers on tap, or indulge in a flaky Steak and Guinness pie. There’s a wide range of events happening every week, and they also host a ‘Celtic Breakfast’ every Sunday morning.


Nothing in Vancouver says Irish drunk dance club like Ceili’s. The original Granville Street location buzzes every weekend (and on Wednesday’s for 2$ Tequila night), the newly-opened Kitsilano and Richmond locations are just as busy, and good options for those outside of the Downtown core. While definitely not the place to enjoy a quiet drink with friends, this Irish pub is popular with the under-thirty crowd on the prowl for cheap tequila rather than a Guinness.


Enda Glacken is a native of Co.Meath who loves writing on all topics relating to Ireland, particularly history and folk tales. When he is not busy running The Celtic Jeweller he can be found hiking in the beautiful mountains of Wicklow or on a football (soccer!) pitch.

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