Vancouver is a city that loves its cocktails! Over the last ten years, Vancouver's cocktail scene has grown exponentially, driven by both Vancouver's high-end food culture (our restaurants are among the best in the world) and by rising stars in bartending/mixology who have created world-renowned original cocktails. One example: David Wolowidnyk of West Restaurant created the "Passage to India" cocktail that was served at the Slumdog Millionaire Oscar party!
While David gave me his picks for the best cocktails in Vancouver back in April 2011, the Top 10 Vancouver Cocktail Bars are a slightly different story: The best cocktail bars are more than just delicious drinks; they also have to have a unique atmosphere, great location and feel exciting even when all you're ordering is tonic-and-lime.
Vancouver's Top 10 Cocktail Bars
1. The Diamond - Gastown
Part of Mark Brand's mini-empire of Gastown bars and restaurants--Brand also owns Boneta and Save-on-Meats--The Diamond is easily one of the coolest Vancouver cocktail bars. Located on the second floor of a historic Gastown building that was once a brothel and overlooking Gastown's landmark Maple Tree Square, The Diamond is sleek, urban and extremely stylish.
2. The Keefer Bar - Chinatown
Vancouver's Chinatown has recently seen an upsurge in hip nightlife spots, and that may partly be due to the longtime success of the Keefer Bar, where rock-star Vancouver bartender and Bar Manager Danielle Tatarin uses Chinatown-sourced ingredients to create one-of-a-kind Asian cocktails.
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