Irish Heather Gastropub
210 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1, Canada
Photo courtesy of Irish Heather
Irish Heather GastroPubThe owners of this classic Gastown bar are not only Irish but also work on-site, making the Heather a soulful antidote to all the faux-Gaelic watering holes out there. The old country agrees: The 2015 Irish Whiskey Awards named it among the top three whiskey bars abroad. The accolade is thanks, in part, to the gastropub’s back room. Somewhere between a snug and a speakeasy, the Shebeen boasts more than 200 bottles of the “water of life,” as the Scots and Irish call it. Also on-site is Salt, an artisanal tasting room featuring cheeses like Saint-André triple-crème Brie, and coffee-and-lavender-rubbed cheddar alongside small-batch meats like bresaola and fennel-flavored salami.