Top 5 Bars in Kitsilano

If you’re feeling a little cheated by the summer this year, you’re not alone. It never really felt like it got going until mid-August, and as soon as we got used to morning coffees in the garden, afternoon swims in the sea and evenings at the beach, it was the first week of September and things seemed a little greyer.

But… the good news is the forecast is looking up. We’re hearing we could be enjoying an Indian Summer over the few weeks.

In Kits, we are lucky to have a fantastic choice of bars, pubs, and restaurants that cater for all tastes, and weathers. So in anticipation for the Indian Summer, here are our Top 5 Bars in Kitsilano.

Local Public Eatery

Not only one of the best bars in Kitsilano, but one of the best in Vancouver. Local is located directly across from Kits Beach, so it’s the perfect place for fresh air and people-watching.

Great for:Large selection of craft beer, good food, fun atmosphere.
What we say: Book a table outside when the weather is good! It gets busy.
What they say: “…kind of like your living room, with better food and people to serve you beer.”
What do others say: “A pretty good place to watch the big game” – Georgia Straight.

Local in Kitsilano best neighbourhood bar

The Kitchen Table

One of the newest restaurants and bars in Kitsilano, The Kitchen Table is fast becoming a neighbourhood favourite.

Great for: Live music, weekend brunch, beer – there’s over 30 on tap.
What we say: Go along on a Thursday night to hear some of the city’s best live musicians.
What they say: “…Kitsilano Kitchen fit for a king.”
What do others say: “a perfect spot to watch the world go by on the patio” – Yelp User

Kitchen Table Kitsilano best bar


Sunset Grill

Something of an institution here in Kits, the Sunset Grill has been a go-to place since 1989. Just a block from Kits Beach, it’s a fantastic spot after an afternoon lazing by the water.

Great for: Craft beer, huge Whiskey and Scotch selection, and brunch.
What we say: If you’re a Scotch fan, you’re going to love this place. Great selection.
What they say: “…Sunset Grill is a taste of Ireland right in the heart of Kits.”
What do others say: “Love the Sunset.My go to place just sit and have a beer.” – Facebook User

Kitsilano best bars the Tap House

Some say dive bar; some say neighbourhood pub. The Fringe Café is one of the oldest bars on West Broadway – they will be celebrating their 27th anniversary this next year.

Great for: Old-fashioned relaxed atmosphere, interesting selection of beers, and friendly staff.
What we say: If you’re looking for a friendly, intimate pub where the bar staff learn your name, this is the place to go.
What they say: “…Often imitated, never duplicated, the Fringe set the standard for cool, laid back places to hang out without attitude or pretension.”
What do others say: “I love love love this place!” – Kate, Vancouver.


Fringe Cafe best bar in Kitsilano


Blue Martini Jazz Café

Situated just steps from Kitsilano Beach, the Blue Martini Jazz Café is the number one choice for martinis, cocktails and live music in Kitsilano. Visit twice – their food and drink menu is extensive!

Great for: Live music, martinis, location
What we say: If you’re looking for a fun and relaxed place for food and drinks with some of the cities best musicians – visit the Blue Martini Jazz Café.
What they say: “…Dress up, dress down, places to be, places to be seen and places to relax.”
What do others say: “Vancouver finally has a place of high quality and value for not only food and service but also live music!” – Yelp User.

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