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The Definitive Guide to Drinking on the Sunshine Coast

There's a lot to love along the coast.

There is plenty to love about the Sunshine Coast. From the vast open ocean, to the wide mountain ranges and the likelihood of catching a wealth of wildlife in their natural habitat, the coast is a nature lovers paradise.

Positioned less than two hours away from downtown Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast is also one of those locations that makes a great weekend getaway, which is good news for those looking to try some of the local flavours, since there’s more to the Sunshine Coast than meets the eye.

The last few years has been a boon to the local food and drink scene; several unique and creative breweries, cideries, cocktail lounges and distilleries have opened their doors making the Sunshine Coast a food destination that’s worth exploring.

Here’s a complete guide to all of the hot spots along this beautiful stretch of BC:

Breweries

Batch 44 Brewery

The only craft brewery located in Sechelt, Batch 44 officially opened their doors in 2020 and have managed to survive a global pandemic during their first year of business. The brewery has a full fledged kitchen, which under normal circumstances they use to whip up menu items like beer pan chicken, ribs and fries, and a classic reuben sandwich. They have a solid list of a dozen or so beers on tap at any given time, and a selection of cider, wine and cocktails.

5559 Wharf Ave, Sechelt BC

Persephone Brewing

Persephone Brewing has established itself as a pillar of the community in Gibsons, even going so far as serving as the site of the weekly farmers market. It’s a beautiful location that integrates onsite farming in support of local food security, regenerative agriculture and amazing beer. They are proudly B-Corp certified and have won numerous awards for their beer lineup. No stop in Gibsons is complete without seeing Persephone.

1053 Stewart Road, Gibsons BC

Tapworks Brewing

Centrally located right along the main Gibsons waterfront, Tapworks has a stellar rooftop patio to gaze out over the ocean as you sample some of their excellent beer. From the burger menu, to the live music there’s plenty of reason to post up at Tapworks for an extended afternoon and soak in the good vibes.

537 Cruice Lane, Gibsons BC

The 101 Brewhouse

Since 2017, The 101 has been upper Gibsons’ community hub, where locals and visitors gather to enjoy unique cocktails, perfect pints, and fresh, locally-inspired dishes. Once a mechanic’s shop, The 101 has been transformed into a brewery, distillery and eatery. They have a regular rotation of beers on tap, and produce their own small batch gin and vodka.

1009 Gibsons Way, Gibsons BC

Cideries

Banditry Cider

This cidery just opened this July and are aiming to make their mark on the growing cider culture on the Sunshine Coast. Currently you can visit their cute working farm between Thursdays through Mondays and you can sample two of their initial ciders, a Semi-dry apple, and “Petal and Root” Ginger Hibiscus cider.

538 Pratt Rd, Gibsons BC

Bricker Cider Company

This 100% family owned and operated cidery is a passion project turned into commercial success. Aside from the regular mainstays of cider, Bricker produces a number of seasonal selections like Peaches & Cream, Earl Grey, Elderberry & Lavender, Apricot & Ginger and more. They have a lovely indoor and outdoor seating experience, and the staff makes everyone feel welcome.

6642 Norwest Bay Road, Sechelt BC

Sunday Cider

While they may be relatively new to the Sunshine Coast, Sunday Cider is a darling to those in the know. Having several years under their belt producing cider and throwing epic block parties in Vancouver, Sunday has settled down in Gibsons with a stunning location to go with their amazing ciders.

1632 Sunshine Coast Highway, Gibsons BC

Distilleries

Bruinwood Estate Distillery

Established in 2018, Bruinwood has been an idea for founders Jeff Barringer and Danise Lofstrom since the 1990s. The two former TV producers were very familiar with the industry, having produced the show BC Wine Cellar. It’s during that production the idea came to them, and Bruinwood was born years later. They now produce a selection of gins, vodkas, creams and liqueurs.

2040 Porter Road, Roberts Creek BC

One Foot Crow

One of the newest additions to the scene, One Foot Crow is just starting to get their feet on the ground and have already won a few awards for their spirits. Currently they produce a gin and a vodka, both of which have won an International Sip Award.

1050 Venture Way, Gibsons BC

Cocktails & More

Buono Osteria

Buono Osteria is an excellent Italian restaurant in the heart of Gibsons that not only produces amazing food, it has a cocktail game to match. The cocktail list reflects the food menu in that each cocktail is developed to be paired with one of their dishes. The craft cocktail menu changes to fit the local, fresh seasonal availability of the ingredients. If the name Buono sounds familiar, it should; owner and chef Mike Buono is the son of legendary head coach of the BC Lions, Wally Buono.

442 Marine Drive, Gibsons BC

El Segundo

El Segundo is an absolute gem hidden in Sechelt. Place El Segunda in any large North American city and they would be wildly successful, so for them to be in Sechelt says a lot. The food is inspired, the cocktails are incredible and the atmosphere is perfectly curated and inviting. This is the type of location we’d be going to weekly if we called Sechelt home. Fun fact: El Segundo also supplies the food options at Bricker Cider.

5755 Cowrie St Unit 39, Sechelt BC

Lunitas Mexican Eatery

Another excellent spot if you’re in the mood for Mexican and margaritas. Lunitas has a full list of margaritas available, along with their own handcrafted cocktails and flights of tequila or mezcal. You’re going to want to grab one of their plates of tacos, burritos or burrito bowls to pair with those drinks.

645 School Rd, Gibsons BC

The Wobbly Canoe

Perfectly positioned along the highway and right across from the water, The Wobbly Canoe is a very easy place to stop for a break. The Wobbly Caesar is arguably one of the best caesars available on the Sunshine Coast, but if you’re not into that they also have a full list of local beers on tap and signature cocktails. They also have a strong food game, with the soft shell tacos being a standout option.

4774 Sunshine Coast Hwy, Sechelt BC

Twenty Two Taphouse

The newest addition to the Sunshine Coast, at the time of writing Twenty Two Taphouse didn’t even have a website yet. It’s an eatery with clear design inspirations from the likes of Joey’s or Earls but with a food menu that focuses on local ingredients. The cocktail menu has several daily specials, with the in-house made Bellini being a surprising standout.

5770 Teredo St, Sechelt BC

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