Say it with me now, “Summer in the Pacific Northwest is the best!” Now that warm weather is the norm, Sunshine cocktails and patios are on the agenda. I’ve outlined 5 creative cocktail bars worth imbibing at this summer.
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6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC
Any sophisticated date night in Gastown should include a trip to the Diamond. Situated on the second floor of a with a view of the Gassy Jack statue, you might miss it if you’re not looking. The environment is old world style, meets new world cocktails. Popular among the after work crowd coming from the buildings downtown, the happy hour scene is unpretentious, but gets a little more dressy after dark. A favorite drink is the Vancouver, a take on the Manhattan with a booze forward maple based whiskey. Definitely one to try for cocktail hopping in Gastown.
263 E Pender St, Vancouver, BC
Not technically a cocktail bar, Kissa Tanto makes my list because you can walk in without reservations (which are notoriously hard to get) and grab a seat at the bar. In a city that’s rapidly gentrifying, Kissa Tanto sits in a 2 story Chinatown building that’s over a century old. It’s a gem of a restaurant in Chinatown, and their beverage program is quite impressive. Sitting at the bar, you’ll think you have been transported in time, with mid century modern decor and vinyl records adorning the bookshelves. The atmosphere is a treat, but it’s the cocktails that will keep you coming back. The drinks are carefully crafted with meticulous detail, keeping with the Japanese Italian menu. Drinks like the Salary Man’s Song made with tart yuzu or Martini made with Nikka Coffey Gin will make you forget to order food, but don’t, because their food is delicious too!
135 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC
The Keefer is another delicious cocktail bar on the edge of Chinatown, just down the street from Kissa Tanto (in case you wanted to try both in one night…wink). The outside patio is welcome during sunny summer days, as the refreshing beverages keep you cool. Entering the venue, you’ll walk through a curtain to find a dimly lit narrow bar, decorated with medical devices and hospital verbiage. It’s clear they went all in with the medicinal theme as you look at the menu titled “remedies and cures”. Happy hour is a great deal for this space, with all cocktail specials available from $5 to $8 and 50% off snacks. It’s the tastiest deal in town! The menu is seasonal, with items I have not even heard of: Yunzhi? Pandan? I don’t know but yes please!
1927 Lobby Lounge
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
Though often overlooked by its literally loftier cousin bar on the roof, Reflections, 1927 Lobby Lounge is not to be missed. In fact, I find all the establishments in the Georgia Hotel to be impressive. With Hawksworth in the lobby, Prohibition in the basement, and Reflections on the roof, 1927 Lobby Lounge has a lot to live up to, and it certainly does. Like its neighboring establishments, their atmosphere is sophisticated swank, and cocktail menu is impressive. But unlike the over crowded Prohibition, service here is polite, attentive, and you can hear your partner talk. Try the rum punch, a sweet fruity concoction served in a vintage tumbler, and enjoy not being elbowed!
801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
Now that you are at the Georgia hotel, you might as well make a stop at Reflections, the rooftop bar. Open only seasonally, the summertime allows them to shine with all the decorations of a garden roof party. Vancouver has a dearth of rooftop bars because of the constant rain, but summer weather makes one wish there were more! Reflections is one of the few places you can have your cocktail with a side of sun. Get here early because it fills up quick, and there’s no standing room at Vancouver bars.
What are some of your favorite cocktail bars in Vancouver BC?
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