October 20, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Feeling fancy? Perhaps the lavish and sexy Pierre’s Champagne Lounge will mitigate your VIP cravings. With premium bubbly by the glass and bottle, the swanky venue is aesthetically on point – from its handsome marble bar to its good-looking servers. Exclusivity comes with a price, however, so don’t expect to get by on a tight budget here.
For those looking for something more wallet-friendly, wander over to Hello Goodbye Bar, just a block down the street. With no sign, you could blink and miss it, so keep your eyes peeled for the clever “hello” greeting marked on the pavement out front. Its modest entrance is through an unmarked door that leads downstairs to a remarkably trendy speakeasy; a dimly-lit, underground lounge with cool exposed brick walls, and a very solid cocktail menu. Try the Gincident, made with Tanquery, Cointreau, Chartreuse, lemon, basil and cucumber.
The wine scene is booming in Vancouver, and one place worth its weight in
merlot is UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar. Housed inside the Moda Hotel (pg 8), the menu here is packed with imaginative craft sips created by resident bar star Lauren Mote, and a refined by-the-glass wine selection curated by general manager and sommelier Robert Stelmachuk. When we’re craving something stronger, we’ll order a round of Spellbound cocktails, made with whiskey, Campari and aromatic bitters.
If you dig vintage chic, you’ll adore The Emerald Supper Club, an eclectic East Van gem smack in the heart of Chinatown. With a chill ambience channeling a mix of old-fashioned Vegas glamour meets a progressive “anything goes” attitude, the room offers a funky and alternative vibe, with zero pretense. Besides a concrete drink menu, there’s great food here, too. Order the Nightsky Fizz, a whiskey, OJ, lemon, honey, egg white and Delerium Tremens concoction; and don’t skip the waffle fries served with sriracha mayo.
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