St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and it’s never too early to start planning your route around Vancouver to grab a pint and get in the spirit of the Irish. The Irish Heather brings an element of well thought interior design to the rich wood and traditional bar that are the centerpiece when you walk into this lovely pub. It’s long, narrow and boasts a private room, complete with an over-sized picnic table that’s perfect for private parties. On some evenings, melodic tunes made by live fiddlers and other talented Celtic musicians dance throughout the hospitable space. If you’re looking for real pub food that’s made with care, love and all in-house, the Irish Heather’s kitchen will deliver. With a fully stocked bar, complete with more Guinness than any Irish man could swig back, the Irish Heather is one of the best Irish pubs in Vancouver.
Nestled behind the Irish Heather is it’s sister pub, Shebeen, and they’re well known for having the most extensive whiskey and scotch menu in town. The atmosphere definitely leans more towards a typical pub that’s cozy from it’s dim lighting, lower ceiling and dark colors. The seating is more open in Shebeen than the Irish Heather, so if you’re going with a group, it may be a better option. They share the same drink menu, and the kitchen covers both sides, so you can’t go wrong with either location.
Younger crowds tend to flock to the more lively Irish pubs in Vancouver where they can drink, dance and be merry. If that’s more your speed and you’re looking to party, Ceilis or the Blarney Stone will be more up your alley. A few blocks away from Ceilis on Granville Street is Doolins Irish Pub, where things are more low-key, the people are friendly and you can grab a bite to eat.