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Formerly a nightclub, the strobe lights and bottle service have been swapped for live bands and craft beer, turning this unique Gastown space into a bustling East Coast-inspired pub. VIP booths are gone, and in their place sit unfinished wooden beams and nautical accessories. The formula seems to be working, as weekend lines stretch down the block and both pints and seats are full during the week. Many of Canada’s best beers can be found on tap, as well as hard-to-find Belgian ales. Also unique to Portside is their quasi-concession stand in the basement of the bar, serving up shareable as well as solo-worthy snacks to soak up the beer.

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