TA Away Game Travel Guide to Vancouver

26 Sep 2011 1:10 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)

—by Andrew Brawley; last updated 11/05/2016 by 107ist Admin

Even during a hockey riot, Vancouver is a lovely city. (Proof right here.) I’ve been there a few times, and one of those is actually recent. I got the whirlwind tour from my hosts, and I learned that it will take multiple trips to accomplish everything worth doing there.

Side note: am I the only one who thinks of Ice-T’s rock band Body Count anytime someone refers to British Columbia as “BC?” Yeah, I thought so. Moving along….

We’ve got a local favorite to help guide us for this trip. Many TA will be making this journey, so having our own member/expert providing this level of so-called “abridged” guidance (his words, not mine) is awesome. So without any further ado, here's Shedbhoy's guide to Vancouver!

Top Beer Bars

Note: in BC you must have 2 pieces of ID, the drinking age is 19, last call is at 2am, and there are very few late licenses that serve until 4am.

BC Beers Not to Miss

Beer to Go

In BC, beer is sold in liquor stores, generally open 11am-11pm

Getting around

The Skytrain is fast, efficient, and covers most of the city. The usual fare is $2.75. Buses are a good option but only take coins (no paper money). Cabs are cheaper than Portland and more plentiful, but it's still no East Coast or Midwest city.


Traffic in Vancouver is pretty bad, and their drinking and driving laws are pretty stringent. The legal limit is .05, rather than .08, and they have roadblocks at night where they stop every car and ask them "have you been drinking?" If you say yes or they smell alcohol you will have to blow.

Sights to See

  • UBC Anthropology Museum: out at the University, but definitely work the trip. Amazing NW Coast art collection.
  • Granville Island: Imagine Saturday Market and Seattle's Pike Place market rolled into one and open every day.
  • Stanley Park: Massive on a scale to rival Forest Park, includes everything from Cricket and Rugby grounds to a world class aquarium.
  • Shopping opportunities: from "put a bird on it" locally designed hipsterwear to western wear. Main from Broadway north is a great shopping district. West 4th, a little more upscale. Think NW 23rd. Yaletown: The model for the Pearl District.
  • Eating: Commercial Drive is like Vancouver's version of Hawthorne St., and is lined with great ethnic restaurants from Ethopian to Russian to Belgian Frites to Caribbean. For hipster breakfast try Cafe Deux Soleils.
  • Food carts and cheap eats: Though not as common as in Portland, Vancouver has a blossoming food cart scene. Japadog is a must have. Vancouver also boasts many donair kebab, poutine, and 99-cent-per-slice pizza places.
  • Bookshops: MacLeod's is a fantastic used bookstore.
  • Record Stores: Zulu on W 4thRedcat on Main.
  • Clubbing: Granville Street is a pedestrian only zone and is lined with clubs.
  • The beach: Vancouver has a number of great beaches right in the city. I recommend Jericho Beach. For the adventurous, Wreck Beach is a clothing optional beach near the UBC campus.
  • Chinatown: E Pender St. 1/3 of Metro Vancouver's population speaks Mandarin or Cantonese. The best dim sum is located in suburbs such as Richmond, but Pender St. near Main boasts a thriving old Chinatown

Vancouver Equivalents to Portland:


  • Hastings = Burnside, lots of homeless people, a long street that gets you out of town.
  • Surrey = Gresham, supposedly a nice little suburb, but watch your car stereo here.
  • Kingsway = Sandy, complete with car deals and Pho.
  • Commercial = Hawthorne, hippy paradise
  • East Van = Southeast
  • West End = West Hills
  • Van = PDX (slang for the city, the airport code is YVR)
  • LDB = OLCC


  • Peeler = Stripper
  • Jug = Pitcher
  • Washroom = Bathroom


  • 03 Jul 2016 1:57 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Matthew says:
    Monday, September 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Just a quick reply that I got from my wife’s Uncle who is a American ex-pat and artist who has been residing in Vancouver since the Vietnam war…..

    “It’s right about the beer but a couple of places, like Steamworks, have become tourist traps. Biercraft should be on that list. St Augustine’s has a great ale menu, but has all the atmosphere of a Walgreen’s Drug Store. The Alibi Room is the best for ales but the food is way too expensive. I’m afraid you Portlanders are in for some sticker shock. Peckinpah’s should be on that list, great Carolina style barbeque , and guess what? They serve only beer and bourbon. If you don’t like that, you’re not from Portland.”

    Also we discovered that there is a Morrissey Pub in Downtown Vancouver that looks like it could be a great spot for any Moz fan.
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  • 03 Jul 2016 1:57 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    WhitecapFan says:
    Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Hey Timbers Army,

    Everyone in Portland was top notch to us visiting Whitecap fans, and you expect a warm reception here in town after the game is played.

    For the hipsters, London Pub on Main St is a good addition, and the Alibi Room has a decent selection of brews as well ( food ain’t cheap ). Morrissey on Granville is always good (I live right above it), and there are plenty of nightclubs in between (Roxy, plaza on Granville, or Shine / Cambie / Lamplighter in GasTown)

    Enjoy the trip! Bring extra Cascadia flags that we might purchase one from you!!!
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  • 03 Jul 2016 1:57 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Abramga says:
    Friday, September 30, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Cheers guys, the Morrissey is a personal favorite. Whitecap fan- How many Cascadia flags do you want?
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  • 03 Jul 2016 1:58 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Anabel Ramirez says:
    Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    Last year, Cassandra and I befriended a bartender at Steamworks who wrote out a lengthy list of bars for beer and quality whiskey drinkers on a budget. I’ll make a google map of it and share it in a comment here and on Twitter (handle is amatorah) for people to download.

    And for amazing cheap food, don’t forget to hit up Japadog. I go up once a month for work and live off of it. They have several food cart locations and a brick and mortar not far from the Railway Club at 530 Robson St open until midnight on the weekends.
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  • 03 Jul 2016 1:58 PM | 107ist Admin (Administrator)
    Fernando Velez says:
    Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I would appreciate more suggestions about hotels/motels, reasonably and/or modestly priced…
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  • 25 Oct 2018 11:55 AM | Anonymous
    We missed buying TA away game tickets for Vancouver game. What section will the TA be in so we can buy direct from BC Place and be relatively close?


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