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Best Cocktail Bars in Vancouver

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The Cascade Room

With a nod from Condé Nast Traveler’s Hot List and voted Vancouver’s best place for imaginative cocktails or a stiff drink, this upmarket pub is the perfect place for after-work libations. Everything about The Cascade Room harks back to the golden age of cocktails. Classics are the focus here, but more contemporary creations are also featured. Try the signature Hemingway daiquiri with its generous splashes of pink grapefruit juice and lime. Consider the in-house charcuterie, Venison & Pork Bolognese or the British Bangers & Mash for your dinner meal.

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Narrow Lounge

Part lounge, part bar, and part restaurant, this hidden establishment in the Mount Pleasant area is always buzzing with activity. With no signage marking the entrance, only locals who know to look for the red light above a plain doorway will find themselves entrance into this hipster watering hole. Craft beers and signature cocktails perfectly compliment an upscale pub menu of flatbreads, tacos, truffle popcorn, Guinness baked mac n' cheese, seafood and kale manicotti and more.

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West

West offers a fine dining experience in a lavish setting with designer interiors. This critically-acclaimed restaurant often reproduces traditional, old-style recipes and imparts a modern touch to offer novel Canadian dishes. The menu includes dishes such as Queen Charlotte Halibut baked in Prosciutto, Potato and Smoked Bacon Risotto Clams, Hannah Brook Farm Wild Watercress and Tortellini of Thiessen Farm Quail. It also has special pre-theater and tasting menus. Though highly expensive, the gastronomic experience and the inventive cocktail selection more than make up for the prices.

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The Refinery

A good amount of thought and care is taken into creating and sustaining each facet at The Refinery. When it come to their food, the same is sourced locally and from sustainable suppliers and goes on to become tapas plates of clean yet powerful flavors. At the bar, they promote a variety of brews and cocktails created old school style making it a perfect place to unwind over drinks. The eco-friendly nature of the place is attributed by the energy efficient lighting, recycled fixtures and a compost pit for waste. An wonderfully, interesting place in the heart of the city.

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Cottage Bistro

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.

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Uva Wine Bar

In the heart of the downtown arts and cultural district, Uva Wine Bar offers up a list of exceptional wines in a sleek and contemporary setting. Although the focus here is decidedly Italian, you wouldn't know it from the funky red patterned wallpaper and ultra modern furniture and lighting. You'll find all the classic cocktails as well as a wide selection of digestives and aperitifs. Try a selection of cheeses from the fertile valleys of Italy, with the 24-month aged prosciutti de daniele with arugula and parmesan and a glass of old-world red.

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The Union

This Southeast Asian inspired eatery sources its ingredients from neighboring Chinatown, adding a flair of authenticity to the place. Slurp up Indonesian peanut noodles served with charred eggplant, shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts and peanut sauce or opt for a traditional bahn mi with crispy pork belly or the vegetarian option, fried tofu. While dishes remain updated classics, the eatery itself feels more like a modern diner with grey subway tiles, bar top seating, stools, and concrete columns.

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Granville Room

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.

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The Keefer Bar

The highlight at downtown trendy Keefer Bar is their creatively crafted cocktails. Flavors picked up from markets and herbalists in nearby Chinatown and styled apothecary drinks make the cocktails here unique enough to be talked and raved about by locals. For bites, small plates of Asian influenced dishes like pecking duck sliders, dim sum, ginger beef skewers, Chinese churros perfectly complement the drinks making for a one-of-a-kind night out in the city.

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Hawksworth Restaurant

When it comes to describing the food plated at the Hawksworth Restaurant, patrons complement the clean tastes, perfect ingredients and exemplary culinary technique. With a kitchen steered by chef David Hawksworth, the restaurant has achieved its fame by sourcing the best in local ingredients and creatively complementing natural flavors. The menu covers breakfast through dinner including a wonderful spread for brunch. Pair you meal with a wine from their selection and finish off with a classic dessert. The perfect place to dine, especially if looking to indulge and impress.

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Revel Room

When you step in Revel and you see their menu, you can see the massive influence of Southern United States in it. This place, which offers some of the best of Tex-Mex and New Orleans cuisine you will find in the city, is a fantastic place for a late night drink and dinner. Their Bourbon drinks as well as their Bourbon based cocktails are just as popular with the patrons as the food. Their list of beers is also very extensive. Come in during one of their live music night and enjoy some great blues, swing and other genres originating in Southern USA.

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Le Abattoir

Located in the historic Gastown District, Le Abattoir is as chic and trendy as they come. A French restaurant and lounge by nature, this establishment is housed in the site of a former jailhouse and now spins those once harsh brick walls and stark interiors as chic 19th Century decor. Refurbished wooden beams, steel finishes, natural wood accents, elevated dining room and sun soaked atrium, this restaurant is sure to make a great backdrop for a romantic evening on the town or after work cocktail hour with friends. And not to be outdone by the atmosphere, the French cuisine is simply divine.

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