With sharp, witty reviews of the best spots in town to slake your thirst, Drinking Vancouver: 100 Great Bars in the City and Beyond is the pocket-sized booze bible for locals and visitors craving a night out on the town. Divided into 11 neighbourhoods, each one with a handy map, visit many of the new, revamped and unique establishments from the heritage bars of Gastown to the slick joints of Yaletown to the gritty pubs of the Downtown Eastside. The book includes a bar index for easy referral, 'On-the-Road' sections covering the Lower Mainland, Victoria, and the Okanagan. 'Top Three' lists covering best bars for drink, food and ambiance, and an appendix of B.C.'s award-winning and regional beer-makers. With Vancouver's long-overdue bar renaissance upon us, travel writer John Lee has compiled the first hands-on guide that toasts the city's newly-hot bar scene. Please visit for www.drinkingvancouver.com updates on new establishments and John's drinking stories.
John Lee was born and raised a few miles north of London in the pub-strewn city of St. Albans before heading to university (okay, polytechnic) in Leicester. Eager for overseas adventure, he next finagled his way into western Canada's University of Victoria to study politics before teaching English in Tokyo and then taking a life-changing trek on the Trans-Siberian Railway. By the time the train trundled into Moscow, he had decided to abandon all reason and become a full-time freelance travel writer. More than 10 years later, he's still doing it. An adopted Vancouverite for most of that time, John's travel writing has appeared in more than 125 major newspapers and magazines around the world and his trips have taken him from New Zealand's Fox Glacier to the pubs of Galway and the barbecue pits of Texas. Since 2004, he's also been a Lonely Planet guidebook author and has written 15 books for the company. For more on what he's up to, visit