Cocktail Lounges - Vancouver, BC
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The Diamond - 6 Powell Street in Gastown
The Diamond is a cocktail Lounge/restaurant in
Gastown. Its upstairs, overlooking Maple Tree Square. They have some very
innovative cocktails - something for everyone. Jackie had a Pisco Sour
that was delicious. Aidan had a cocktail called "Penicillin" which
had scotch whisky, ginger, lemon, and honey.
The food selection was great - small plates
made for sharing. We tried the Rock Cod Ceviche which was excellent, and the
Avocado and grapefruit watercress salad which was very refreshing.
They had only been open for 10 days when we
went in, but the place was pretty busy, and mostly an "over 30" crowd.
only have 5 bottled beers, and 4 beers on tap. So if you are out for a beer
drinking session, this isn't the place!
Highlights were the Chandelier and the tall
open windows (perfect for Vancouver summer nights).
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Shangri-La Hotel - 3rd floor lounge (1128
Georgia Street West)
It was nearly last call on a Friday night.
The lounge was packed, and we were lucky to snag two seats at the bar as another
couple left. JT was our bartender. Man can that guy pour the drinks! And
not just fast....with style and flare. And he had some very creative
drinks for us. Aidan's burnt martini was made with Zubrowka Buffalo Grass Vodka,
and a very healthy splash/rinse of Ardbeg Uigeadail.
combo was spectacular on the nose (how could it not!), was beautifully balanced.
It all worked really well. Jackie tried the Cucumber Martini, made with
cucumber juice (no rinds), Hendricks's gin and Junmai Nigori Sake. It was
a very refreshing summer drink, although I couldn't have more than one.
For last call, Aidan had a generous pour of
Uigeadail and a bottle of Brooklyn Pennant Ale. Jackie asked JT to whip
something up that wasn't too sweet, with a gin base.
Maybe it was because it was the end of the
night....all I remember was him cracking the egg right in front of us to get
fresh egg white froth! Thanks JT - we'll be back!
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Shebeen, 210 Carrel Street - through the
back of the new Irish Heather.
According to Wikipedia:
a shebeen (Irish:
originally an illicit bar or club where excisable alcoholic
beverages were sold without a license.
Not so at Vancouver's Shebeen,
tucked in the back of the Irish Heather, It's a real gem,
especially for those of us with a taste for Scotch Whisky! The
bar tender is very knowledgeable and the whisky selection the
best in BC! OK, so its not a Cocktail Lounge, but it's the
perfect place to stop in for a dram!
Corner Suite Bistro Deluxe, 850
Thurlow St., Vancouver, BC
corner suite bistro de luxe is located
in Downtown Vancouver BC at 850 Thurlow
Street. Our first visit was a Friday night, and we thoroughly enjoyed the
food and drinks. I was particularly impressed with the gin selection and
the martini list. Loved it so much, I'll be going back regularly! The
crowd was young-ish, but it was not too loud. Stop in for drinks at the
cool bar. Bar tender was excellent...great service.
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