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Single in Vancouver? Behold! 21 Great Chat Up Spots

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Vancouver has a reputation for being a tough city to meet people in. But hey - West Coasters like a challenge, right? Eater asked the city's bartenders and social butterflies for the best spots in town to be chatted up. What are you looking for? Gay, straight, business type or hipster - we've got the right place to find the right person for you.
Pity those couples on Valentine's Day with nothing more than an awkward dinner with a cliched menu to look forward to. Instead celebrate your single self awesomeness by heading off to any of these 21 chat-up-friendly spots to work your mojo. In no particular order - here are the city's most friendly places.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bayside Lounge

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1755 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2K6, Canada
It’s late, you’re a little tipsy and you can't bear the thought of another night at Celebrities. Welcome to the Bayside Lounge. Sure, it’s probably not been refurbished since the '70s but there’s a free-wheeling vibe here that may have been left over from those days too. On Saturday nights DJs play and making out on the dancefloor is positively encouraged.

2. 1181 Lounge

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1181 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1N2, Canada
(604) 687-3991
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Friendly staff and even friendlier customers make this Davie Street gay-friendly cocktail bar a reliable Thursday-Saturday venue for potential partner-spotting.

3. The Morrissey

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1227 Granville St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G6, Canada
(604) 682-0909
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Recommended as a "beacon for the tattooed but decidedly un-hipster cats who love great music. It is an ideal place to chat up a new acquaintance." FYI: surprisingly good cocktail list. Pleasingly dark near the back for random adventures with leather-jacketed strangers...

4. The Distillery Bar

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1131 Mainland St, Vancouver
BC V6B2S2, Canada
(604) 669-2266
Recommended for its ‘New York casual feel’ and speakeasy 40's vibe. If you’re not seeking pretentious types or hipsters this could be your new hang out.

5. The Parlour

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1011 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 568-3322
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Fun pizzas, strong drinks, the occasional visiting Canuck (and accompanying crowd of wannabe-Canuck-meet-ers) this is a solid choice and we’re told is especially friendly on a Sunday.

6. Uva Wine Bar

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900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada
(604) 632-9560
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A subtly-lit room makes everyone look good and Lauren Mote’s cocktails make everyone feel good too. Head down mid-week between Wednesday - Saturday and send over a drink to that cute guy or girl at the bar... what’s the worst that could happen?

7. YEW seafood + bar

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791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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After-work drinks at YEW yield a surprisingly high number of cute suited men and women looking to blow off some steam over spendy cocktails. If you’re looking to score corporate-style it’s hard to beat. Need to know: Wine Down Monday, all bottles are 50% off. Even Champagne. So you can splash the cash without going broke.

8. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

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905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada
(604) 899-4456
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One of the city’s largest bar-restaurant-clubs and so perfect for the picky pick up-er. Roam from whisk(e)y bar to live music area and oyster bar and don’t forget to peek in at the barbers - who knows who you’ll find to chat to.

9. Grain Tasting Bar

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655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2R7, Canada
(604) 639-4771
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Open till 1am every night and serving local brews, wines, spirits and craft cocktails Grain makes a good case for the locavore guy or gal about town to stop by and see what’s cooking. As ever with hotel bars, the ‘ooh, I just happen to be staying here’ factor is high. Which is a major benefit or drawback depending on how clothing-optional you’re feeling...

10. Lobby Lounge and Terrace

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1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada
(604) 695-5502
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Hotties of all ages roam free in Vancouver’s ‘best smelling lobby’. Yes, everything is kind of expensive but hey - you get what you pay for here as the drinks are delicious and if you really want to go nuts, the ceviche tower is a great way to start a conversation. Usual hotel bar warnings apply but the rooms are so gorgeous maybe it's worth packing a toothbrush. Plan ahead a little.

11. Revolver

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325 Cambie St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1H7, Canada
(604) 558-4444
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Like coffee geeks? This is the place to meet them. Prepare to be lectured on beans, brewing and roasting by earnest moustachioed gentlemen: but if that is what you’re into, Eater is not here to judge.

12. The Diamond

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6 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1E7, Canada
(604) 568-8272
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The bar area and communal high tables behind it are your best spots for chatting to strangers over craft cocktails here.

13. The Irish Heather

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212 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
(604) 688-9779
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Single gentlemen tell us that the front of the bar is the best place to find beautiful women - possibly thanks to the staff putting them in front of the window. Single women tell us that the Shebeen in the back causes a divide between the rooms and you’ll find the whisk(e)y-appreciating gentlemen and ladies tucked away out back. Thus, neatly, offering something for everyone. Plus the long table series of dinners is a great way to meet new people.

14. The Blarney Stone

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216 Carrall St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2J1, Canada
(604) 687-4322
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Look, there probably is a reason why so many of Craigslist’s ‘Missed Connections’ are from the Blarneystone. We're not judging - just nudging you in the right direction. Make like it’s St Paddy’s day every day and go get yourself some Irish (or failing that, a Plastic Paddy).

15. Notturno

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280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
BC V6B2J1, Canada
(604) 720-3145
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Reasonably priced (and deliciously strong) cocktails along with a self-styled Bad Boy Brit barman are among the attractions on offer at Notturno. Open till late.

16. Ask for Luigi

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305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada
(604) 428-2544
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No, not a bar but the cozy tables are lean-over close and gangs of hot architect-types are often spotted lunching there, attracting crowds of equally hot wannabe-architect daters. Impressive wine programme and some of the best pasta in town.

17. The Emerald

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555 Gore Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2Z4, Canada
(604) 559-8477
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The after-hours haunt of choice of many of the city's hospitality staff - if you dream of bagging a bartender or server, or possibly even a post-shift chef or sous, this is the place to be.

18. The Union

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219 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2B2, Canada
(604) 568-3230
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Any bar with communal tables is always going to be an ideal place to meet new people and when that bar also does regular drinks deals - well, you’re on to a winner.

19. Craft Beer Market

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85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
(604) 709-2337
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Recommended by gay guys and straight women alike, this is a solid choice as gangs of craft beer-loving guys of all ages gather here and get chatty and just a lil’ bit tipsy.

20. The Cascade Room

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2616 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E6, Canada
(604) 709-8650
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Forget about the booths - cosy as they are - you’ll never meet anyone there. All the action for the single set is to be found at the hella chatty bar.

21. Brassneck Brewery

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2148 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3C5, Canada
There is something about the intoxicating whiff of craft beer a-brewing and the promise of so very much of it on tap RIGHT THERE that makes Brassneck catnip for the bearded/plaid-wearing shirt set in town. If you DO find someone to suck face with, may we recommend the secluded booth at the back.

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1. Bayside Lounge

1755 Davie St., Vancouver, BC V6G 2K6, Canada
It’s late, you’re a little tipsy and you can't bear the thought of another night at Celebrities. Welcome to the Bayside Lounge. Sure, it’s probably not been refurbished since the '70s but there’s a free-wheeling vibe here that may have been left over from those days too. On Saturday nights DJs play and making out on the dancefloor is positively encouraged.
1755 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6G 2K6, Canada

2. 1181 Lounge

1181 Davie St., Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2, Canada
Friendly staff and even friendlier customers make this Davie Street gay-friendly cocktail bar a reliable Thursday-Saturday venue for potential partner-spotting.
1181 Davie St., Vancouver
BC V6E 1N2, Canada

3. The Morrissey

1227 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6, Canada
Recommended as a "beacon for the tattooed but decidedly un-hipster cats who love great music. It is an ideal place to chat up a new acquaintance." FYI: surprisingly good cocktail list. Pleasingly dark near the back for random adventures with leather-jacketed strangers...
1227 Granville St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2G6, Canada

4. The Distillery Bar

1131 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B2S2, Canada
Recommended for its ‘New York casual feel’ and speakeasy 40's vibe. If you’re not seeking pretentious types or hipsters this could be your new hang out.
1131 Mainland St, Vancouver
BC V6B2S2, Canada

5. The Parlour

1011 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC, Canada
Fun pizzas, strong drinks, the occasional visiting Canuck (and accompanying crowd of wannabe-Canuck-meet-ers) this is a solid choice and we’re told is especially friendly on a Sunday.
1011 Hamilton St., Vancouver
BC, Canada

6. Uva Wine Bar

900 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2L9, Canada
A subtly-lit room makes everyone look good and Lauren Mote’s cocktails make everyone feel good too. Head down mid-week between Wednesday - Saturday and send over a drink to that cute guy or girl at the bar... what’s the worst that could happen?
900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada

7. YEW seafood + bar

791 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
After-work drinks at YEW yield a surprisingly high number of cute suited men and women looking to blow off some steam over spendy cocktails. If you’re looking to score corporate-style it’s hard to beat. Need to know: Wine Down Monday, all bottles are 50% off. Even Champagne. So you can splash the cash without going broke.
791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

8. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8, Canada
One of the city’s largest bar-restaurant-clubs and so perfect for the picky pick up-er. Roam from whisk(e)y bar to live music area and oyster bar and don’t forget to peek in at the barbers - who knows who you’ll find to chat to.
905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada

9. Grain Tasting Bar

655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada
Open till 1am every night and serving local brews, wines, spirits and craft cocktails Grain makes a good case for the locavore guy or gal about town to stop by and see what’s cooking. As ever with hotel bars, the ‘ooh, I just happen to be staying here’ factor is high. Which is a major benefit or drawback depending on how clothing-optional you’re feeling...
655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2R7, Canada

10. Lobby Lounge and Terrace

1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0B9, Canada
Hotties of all ages roam free in Vancouver’s ‘best smelling lobby’. Yes, everything is kind of expensive but hey - you get what you pay for here as the drinks are delicious and if you really want to go nuts, the ceviche tower is a great way to start a conversation. Usual hotel bar warnings apply but the rooms are so gorgeous maybe it's worth packing a toothbrush. Plan ahead a little.
1038 Canada Pl, Vancouver
BC V6C 0B9, Canada

11. Revolver

325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada
Like coffee geeks? This is the place to meet them. Prepare to be lectured on beans, brewing and roasting by earnest moustachioed gentlemen: but if that is what you’re into, Eater is not here to judge.
325 Cambie St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1H7, Canada

12. The Diamond

6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E7, Canada
The bar area and communal high tables behind it are your best spots for chatting to strangers over craft cocktails here.
6 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1E7, Canada

13. The Irish Heather

212 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Single gentlemen tell us that the front of the bar is the best place to find beautiful women - possibly thanks to the staff putting them in front of the window. Single women tell us that the Shebeen in the back causes a divide between the rooms and you’ll find the whisk(e)y-appreciating gentlemen and ladies tucked away out back. Thus, neatly, offering something for everyone. Plus the long table series of dinners is a great way to meet new people.
212 Carrall St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

14. The Blarney Stone

216 Carrall St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2J1, Canada
Look, there probably is a reason why so many of Craigslist’s ‘Missed Connections’ are from the Blarneystone. We're not judging - just nudging you in the right direction. Make like it’s St Paddy’s day every day and go get yourself some Irish (or failing that, a Plastic Paddy).
216 Carrall St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2J1, Canada

15. Notturno

280 Carrall Street, Vancouver, BC V6B2J1, Canada
Reasonably priced (and deliciously strong) cocktails along with a self-styled Bad Boy Brit barman are among the attractions on offer at Notturno. Open till late.
280 Carrall Street, Vancouver
BC V6B2J1, Canada

16. Ask for Luigi

305 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1C4, Canada
No, not a bar but the cozy tables are lean-over close and gangs of hot architect-types are often spotted lunching there, attracting crowds of equally hot wannabe-architect daters. Impressive wine programme and some of the best pasta in town.
305 Alexander St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1C4, Canada

17. The Emerald

555 Gore Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 2Z4, Canada
The after-hours haunt of choice of many of the city's hospitality staff - if you dream of bagging a bartender or server, or possibly even a post-shift chef or sous, this is the place to be.
555 Gore Ave, Vancouver
BC V6A 2Z4, Canada

18. The Union

219 Union St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2B2, Canada
Any bar with communal tables is always going to be an ideal place to meet new people and when that bar also does regular drinks deals - well, you’re on to a winner.
219 Union St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2B2, Canada

19. Craft Beer Market

85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver, BC V5Y 0C4, Canada
Recommended by gay guys and straight women alike, this is a solid choice as gangs of craft beer-loving guys of all ages gather here and get chatty and just a lil’ bit tipsy.
85 W 1st Ave., Vancouver
BC V5Y 0C4, Canada

20. The Cascade Room

2616 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E6, Canada
Forget about the booths - cosy as they are - you’ll never meet anyone there. All the action for the single set is to be found at the hella chatty bar.
2616 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3E6, Canada

21. Brassneck Brewery

2148 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3C5, Canada
There is something about the intoxicating whiff of craft beer a-brewing and the promise of so very much of it on tap RIGHT THERE that makes Brassneck catnip for the bearded/plaid-wearing shirt set in town. If you DO find someone to suck face with, may we recommend the secluded booth at the back.
2148 Main St, Vancouver
BC V5T 3C5, Canada