The Culture Club: Top 6 places in Vancouver to get a cold beer during the Olympics

The bar at Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver
The bar at Market by Jean-Georges in Vancouver

Ashleigh Dempster and Amanda Blakley call themselves cultural curators. Their club, The Society (, hosts high- and low-arty happenings in Toronto, L.A. and New York (and on March 25, Miami!)—from literary salons to graffiti tours and the always hotly-anticipated S.M.U.T. Soiree—so we can think of no better pair to write our new feature, The Culture Club. Every Thursday, they’ll be bringing you a weekly list of six culture picks for Toronto (and beyond)—everything from the best airplane reads to late-night eats to the top gallerists.

First up (and early this week): The top 6 places to get a cold beer in Vancouver during the Olympics.

The Shore Club (688 Dunsmuir St., 604-899-4400). We love the dark woods, California blinds and subdued interior. It’s also a stone’s throw from Holt Renfrew. Sit at the bar and order a Rickard’s White– refreshing after shopping til you drop in the Pacific Centre.

Market by Jean-Georges (shown, Shangri-La Hotel, 1115 Alberni St., 604-695-1115). If you’re feeling particularly fancy, head to Market for a bottle of Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager. The service is undeniably great and the people watching from a couch in the bar area is top notch.

At Molson Canadian Hockey House (Concord Place, Passes for the duration of the Games, from $99) beer is served cold, straight from the icy taps and the venue is on fire night after night with intimate concerts/comedy and too many hockey greats and celebs to count on all the points of a maple leaf.

USA House (closed to the general public). What’s the perfect complement to the delicious spread of all American classics like mac and cheese? Budweiser of course. The king of beers was served cold, and with a smile, by the friendly bartenders at USA House.

Sochi House (Science World, 1455 Quebec St.,, public entry closes at 4:30 p.m. PST) Baltika No.3 Classic is the official national beer of the Russian pavillion. In our humble opinion, the Russians make cold brews just as well as they make distilled vodka!

Room service at The Sutton Place Hotel (845 Burrard St., 604-682-5511). After a busy few days of Olympic spirit, we found ourselves exhausted and craving a night in. Room service, served alongside a cold Okanagan Springs Pale Ale, was the appropriate alternative to a home cooked meal.

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