Vancouver: Top 10 SoMa Hipster Hangouts

If you wanna be a hipster, you can wear a checkered lumberjack shirt with gray skinny jeans while you jog, never appear to wash your hair, and eat a raw carrot at a gallery opening. Or you could just hang out at the following Vancouver joints deep in the heart of SoMa — i.e. south of Main Street.

Narrow Lounge – If Bungalow 8 is for everyone who’s anyone, this hard-to-find dive is its antithesis. Nobody is anybody that comes here, and that’s the point. Struggling artists and such fill the narrow dark space. Look for the red light to show you the way. ● Habit Lounge – Mixing hip with the home-y, the noisy lounge and restaurant is the casa of choice for moody journalists and graphic designers. A simple wine list, Canadian whisky, and modern Canadian food are all anyone can ask for.

Cascade Room – Quiz nights are Mondays. Now we’re just waiting for Scrabble Sunday to make an appearance. Schoolboys sip old-school fine drop creations while chatting up ladies who seem to care. ● The Five Point – At Sunday brunch, the plethora of un-kept bears shade the sunniest parts of the patio. Soon after the book discussion, the crowd heads to the horse races … we think. ● The Reef – If Bob Marley’s and Jack Black’s sons would’ve sponsored a child together, they would’ve named it Reef. And bought her a place like this. Jerk-flavored everything, Red Stripe beer, and mojitos liven up even da moodiest Vancouver nights. ● Anavets Unit #298 Legion Hall – Seniors play shuffleboard with bored trust fund kids (without hats I’m afraid), and then they sing karaoke. It’s just another Saturday at the Leeg. ● Biltmore Cabaret – You know those people that used to hijack the radio stations at home when they were 14, and then get really rich a few decades later? They would love it here. Sunday burlesque goes so well after your mom’s meatloaf dinner. Make sure to wear your best vinyl. ● The Whip – Serving a cask of local beer on schedule will keep a local following. A cheap brunch and a hamburger will keep loyalists happy. Putting art exhibits on the wall? Well, that’s the clincher. ● Brickhouse – See couch-surfers who met online drink Pilsner offline. Those that make it to this watering hole past midnight (and the clock inside does not tell time) are looking for trouble if they mess with Leo, the grumpy bartender. ● Cottage Bistro – The middle-aged Asian owner, Eugene, is on a first-name basis with the king — B.B. King that is. Smooth as gravy. That’s holster-slinging hip.

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