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The New Oxford of the Donnelly Group is practically an ode to pop culture and British sporting culture. Here you will find vintage bikes lining the ceiling and portraits of pensive personalities adorning the walls. The fifty-foot-long glossy bar serves classic cocktails, beer, local drinks and pub fare. Or you could slide into one of the cozy seats with a group of friends and become a part of the happening crowd that defines this bar.
Known for the nightly live music and flowing libations, the Cottage Bistro on Main Street is a hip and happening joint. Flocked with dark wooden tables with tea lights, and rich red walls with sepia toned photographs of music legends, bands and artists rock out all night long. Tasty upscale pub grub served here means you can spend the whole evening here, from cocktail hour, dinner to a night cap.
If you are looking for a nice place to drink and dine with your friends, then you should be heading for Granville Room. Located in Downtown Vancouver, this cocktail tavern is quite popular for its extensive cocktail and beer selections. With interiors that look right out of a classic Hollywood flick, Granville Room is a perfect setting for late night outs with friends. They also serve contemporary and classic cuisine from a tapas style menu. One visit to this sophisticated bar will definitely bring you back again.
The Fountainhead Pub is one of the affluent pubs in the West End neighborhood of Vancouver. The dark and opulent interiors make for a perfect evening to be enjoyed with friends over drinks, pool games and good food. The pub stretches out into a patio from where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the street. With great service, good food, notable selection of drinks and cool interiors, The Fountainhead Pub gets full points in every patron's book. To know more, do visit the website.
Owned by the same culinary superstars that run the highly acclaimed Boneta's, The Diamond is a Gastown restaurant-lounge that has people buzzing. Big windows fill the clean, airy space with natural light and offer a view of the newly revamped Maple Tree Square. The real draw, though, is the cocktails, prepared by some of the best mixologists in the city and carefully devised to go with the menu of Asian-inspired tapas. Try the Isadora, The Diamond's signature drink, with the pork gyoza and green onions, the Peking duck and chicken sub, or an avocado and grapefruit salad with prawns.
Guilt & Company is a fusion of eccentricity and liveliness. With a stage for live music and performances along with a quirky bar, Guilt & Company is a regular haunt for local and tourists. They make their own brews and dishes are made from scratch. For more details, please see the website.
Rogue is an upscale modern restaurant in Gastown serving American and Italian food. The menu and settings are a play of classic with the contemporary. It has one of the best bars in downtown where you can grab a pint or two with your friends. With a team of dedicated staff and chefs rolling out the best food and giving you the best dining experience, Rogue does not let you down on any front. It also doubles up as an ideal venue for parties and events. The space is divided into The Sputnik Lounge, The Den, The East Side Lounge and The Platform. Call ahead for more.
With the culinary manned by Canada's Iron Chef, Rob Feenie, Cactus Club Cafe features an innovative and lip-smacking cuisine. The kitchen rolls out tantalizing dishes like tuna tataki, calamari, steaks like peppercorn sirloin, creole steak and mains like double braised pineapple hoison short rib and the chef's special Rob’s hunter chicken. The ambiance here is a cross between casual and upscale fine dining, you can even choose to dine on their outside patio. Their wine menu is also quite extensive and you can choose a fine wine to accompany your meal. Head here, if you're looking out for a classy evening of fine dining.