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A 50-year legend on a sketchy stretch of Hastings was reborn under the banner of Mark Brand’s ever-shifting Gastown empire (The Diamond, Portside Pub). The address is split between a well-stocked and efficiently serviced butcher/fishmonger on one side and a licensed diner/lunch counter on the other. Both provide great bang for every buck. Green leather-wrapped booths and bar stools give the latter an aged patina helped along by wooden table and bar tops, old vending machines, and original brick throughout. For edibles, stay close to the club sandwiches, Reubens, burgers, shakes, banana splits, and cold beers.

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