At three locations across Vancouver, Samz Neighbourhood Pub invites patrons to hobnob with friends and enjoy a menu of classic pub favourites. As TVs broadcast UFC events and Vancouver Canucks’ slumber parties, cooks dish up everything from fish ’n’ chips and chorizo mac ’n’ cheese to pierogies stuffed with cheese and potato. Among more than a dozen burgers and sandwiches, the salmon burger—stacked with tartar sauce, pickles, and onion—stands out as an uncommon option.
Cat & Fiddle Sports Bar & Grill has been delivering upscale pub food for more than 20 years. Its generous menu proffers signature sandwiches, such as Cat’s pulled-pork sandwich—made from oven-roasted pork sauced with Jameson’s and Guinness and topped with frizzled onions—to pub classics, including the Team Platter, a sampler loaded up with hot wings, dry ribs, and potato skins, to name a few. Friday and Saturday nights, a live DJ fills the nightclub area with bumping beats while patrons dance on the spacious dance floors.
At Dublin Castle Neighbourhood Grill, diners can feast on Dublin wings and yam fries inside a multi-storey castle-like building perched along the Fraser River. The building’s striking interior, which once housed the BC Penitentiary, are almost as noteworthy as the Irish pub food and libations at the area hotspot. Private events, corporate parties, and elegant dog weddings often take over the sprawling outdoor patio, while regulars can belly up to the bar to sip wines, beers, and whiskies.
The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.
Paddlewheeler Pub woos patrons with a menu of tongue-tantalizing bread-embraced meats, 14 sudsy beers on tap, and 12 wines by the glass. Fashion-forward mouths can try on the shrimp purses ($10.95), deep-fried wonton-wrapped shrimp served with sweet chili sauce, or potato skins ($9.95). The california clubhouse sandwich transports taste buds to the VHS-paved streets of Hollywood with three layers of bread layered with chicken breast, avocado, and bacon ($10.95). Canines can chomp nine juicy burgers, including the mushroom ($10.45), bacon and cheddar ($10.45), and wild salmon ($11.95), all served with a choice of savoury sidekick, such as above-average-temperature soup, fresh salad, or cape-donning crispy fries.