Gastown Pub Crawl

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( 1 ) Alibi  Kick-start the crawl with the city’s best selection of microbrews. Try the Frat Bat, named for the wooden paddle it’s served on: your choice of four beer samplers from the 22 taps and three ale casks. 157 Alexander St., 604-623-3383.

( 2 ) Pourhouse or Diamond  Both of these bartender-owned spots are cocktail destinations that tip the hat to the classics (like Pourhouse’s Gold Fashioned, a simple—but effective—blend of bourbon, maple, and bitters; and Diamond’s Colin’s Lawn, sake-soaked, minty, and refreshing). While you sip hand-crafted concoctions, satisfy cravings for comfort food at Pourhouse or try the gyoza at Diamond that’s working half of Vancouver into a frenzy. 162 Water St., 604-568-7022. Pourhouse­; 6 Powell St.

( 3 ) Revel  When others close, Revel keeps the party going. Busy, relaxed, and full of industry types and social butterflies. The Shiso Feisty, a tangy ginger-and-shiso twist on a margarita, is a sure crowd pleaser. (Tip: circle back here for last call and they’ll stuff a fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookie into your waiting palm.
 238 Abbott St., 604-687-4088.

( 4 ) Metropole  Despite the classy renos, the Met is still a bit rough around the edges—perfect for sloppy late-night dancing. They have a pool table and foosball, if you can still manage the hand-eye coordination after a few of their nightly $8 “can of beer ’n shot” specials.  320 Abbott St., 604 408 5822.

( 5 ) The Cambie  Just when you think you can’t drink anymore, stumble over to guzzle cheap beer ($9.50 pitchers) with backpacking students and grimy regulars. You’re not paying for atmosphere at this Vancouver institution, but you shouldn’t be in any state to notice. 300 Cambie St., 604 684 6466.