September 2015 

 

Fashion-forward, sportier than ever and packed with ultra-cool cocktail bars, Vancouver is the ideal destination for a bloke's holiday. Grab your best mates and an extra-large mug of (artisan) coffee or craft beer - you've got a lot of city to explore.

Shop for bowties and skinny pants in Gastown and Railtown.

Browse stylish men's fashion and up-and-coming local brands at Indochino (once an online distributor of custom menswear, and now a worldwide corporation with more than 100 employees in Vancouver and Shanghai), Herschel Supply Co. (trendy bags and backpacks), Old Faithful Shop (modern-day shop with heirloom, classic pieces) and Litchfield (picture-perfect shop carrying pieces for the truly aesthetic lifestyle).

Swill cocktails by award-winning bartenders.

Vancouver bartenders are taking over the global cocktail scene, bringing home an endless parade of awards and accolades. Try ‘em for yourself at Pourhouse, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, The Keefer Bar, L'Abattoir, Clough Club, The Diamond, Royal Dinette, the list goes on...

Explore Vancouver's exploding craft beer scene.

A recent change of liquor laws has resulted in a veritable renaissance in craft brewing in Vancouver. Many breweries are concentrated in East Vancouver (aka "Yeast" Van). Check out top spots like Brassneck Brewery, 33 Acres, Steel Toad Brewing, Main Street Brewing, Craft Beer Market and Tap and Barrel.

Indulge in a hot shave.

Because there's no better feeling than a good grooming - especially when it's enhanced by a handcrafted drink. These are the Sazeracs of the barbershop world, the crème de la crème, offering deluxe shaves, trims and cuts, and, in some cases, a damn good cocktail: The Barbershop at the Blackbird (Financial District), JD's Barbershop (Gastown), Barber & Co. (Yaletown), Man Cave Barbershop (Yaletown) and Regal Barbers (Financial District).

Get out and get active.

Travel via Seabus to North Vancouver and hit the mountain biking trails (fun fact: free-ride mountain biking was born here); try stand-up paddleboarding in English Bay; take a craft beer cycling tour with Cycle City Tours; catch a Vancouver Whitecaps MLS soccer game; and don't' forget to buy tickets to the Rugby World Sevens, taking place in March 2016. Look no further than Wellmen Adventures for a group experience in nature that is both thought provoking and adventurous. Workouts don't have to be at the gym; grab your buddies and pick up an axe with THROWN for a very lumberjack Canadian experience.