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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 in the Stanley Cup playoffs. 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

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Hit the ‘Burg and Burg’ Pop-Up Event Going Down This Weekend in Vancouver

“Burg and Burg” pop-up burger and wine bar will be serving up what they consider to be the “best Smashburger in the world.” this Saturday. With a claim that bold, you’ll definitely want to pay them a visit and judge it for yourself!

Nine Shows & Art Exhibitions to See This Summer

From new public art installations to gallery and museum exhibitions, in-stores and more - there is a plethora of offerings on view this summer. Here's a selection that I recommend checking out while you can.

Vancouver is Getting Our First-Ever Filipino-Canadian Book Festival, July 12-14th

The Filipino-Canadian Book Festival is a brand new three-day-long literature-centred festival, turning the spotlight on BC and other Canada based writers of Filipino heritage. Don't miss out!

Get Nostalgic at Chambar’s ‘Dream Team Alumni Dinner’, July 17th

The 20th Anniversary Celebrations continue when Chambar welcomes back a line-up of some of their OG staff members on Wednesday, July 17th. This is one delicious reunion that you definitely don't want to miss!