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Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver! As the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game.

Four Super Tasty Spots to Catch a Canucks Game in East Van

Image courtesy of The American.

In case you hadn’t already heard, the Vancouver Canucks are cruising through the midseason all-star break sitting pretty in the top spot in the league. It’s been over a decade since there’s been “can’t miss” hockey in Vancouver, so if it’s been a minute since you went out to catch a game, you’re hardly to blame.

If, like me, you’re ready to jump back on the Canucks bandwagon as the playoffs approach, here’s a list of a few of my favourite spots in East Van with great food and full-volume sound to catch a game (because it’s just not the same without John Shorthouse calling the game):

The American

If you enjoy cutting loose and watching puck on the big screen while inverting pints of beer and eating all the best bar food, courtesy of DownLow Burgers – not to mention, playing arcade games between periods – then look no further! This is the place. DETAILS

The American 926 Main St. MAP

Aj’s Brooklyn Pizza Joint

If you’re seeking a cosier place to tuck into some of the best pizza the city has to offer, while watching Quinn Hughes dance on the blue line, AJ’s is the spot for you. It’s always bustling and fun, and the menu is solid gold from top to bottom. DETAILS

AJ's Brooklyn Pizza Joint 325 E Broadway MAP

Bells and Whistles

A temple for beer-loving hockey fans who detest the corporate cookie-cutter sports bars. If you want things done right, post up at their East Van (Fraser) location and be happy. Bonus points for playing the wildly entertaining Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) games as well. DETAILS

Bells and Whistles 3296 Fraser St. MAP

St. Augustine’s

For a triple whammy of turned-up big screen hockey, local beer options aplenty and game-changing New Haven-style “apizza” (courtesy of new in-house woodfire outfit, Industry Apizza), St. Aug’s on The Drive delivers. DETAILS

St. Augustine's 2360 Commercial Dr. MAP

Screenshot of the February Canucks schedule via the NHL website.
Check out the full Canucks schedule here.

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Oku Izakaya is quickly carving out its niche as the go-to spot for hospitality folks looking for a post-shift destination to chill and decompress.

Embrace Spring with a Walking Tour of Mount Pleasant’s Boulevard Gardens

Saba Farmand, a local landscape architect and the person behind Blvd Gardens of East Vancouver, is back with his popular series of Earth Day Boulevard Garden Walking Tours, April 13th, 14th and 19th.

Turn Up for the Inaugural Tequila & Agave Festival, Vancouver!

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Get Sorted with Tickets to BC Distilled Festival, Happening This Week

This year, the festival relocates to new digs at the Italian Cultural Centre, and features 30 of British Columbia's premier distilleries (as well as a selection of non-alcoholic options).