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Cocktail Lounges

December 30, 2023 |
Wendy Underwood

961 Denman Street – West End, 604.558.4343
Distance: 20-minute walk
A modern jungle oasis from the everyday, Jungle Room is like walking into the coolest lounge in South-East Asia. The cocktails are obviously the big draw, but the raw bar and seafood towers are also out to impress.

162 Water Street – Gastown, 604.568.7022
Distance: 25-minute walk; 10-minute drive
Nestled in historic Gastown, the Pourhouse is reminiscent of an early 1900s speakeasy. The beautiful long bar is the perfect place to belly up to for a classic cocktail.

135 Keefer Street – Chinatown, 604.688.1961
Distance: 30-minute walk; 10-minute drive
Everything you hope for from a cocktail bar in Chinatown – this atmospheric room offers apothecary-inspired drinks along with Asian-influenced small plates. Tinctures, bitters, syrup and infusions are all made from scratch.

265 East Pender Street – Chinatown, 604.559.6181
Distance: 10-minute drive
A glorious 70’s-inspired cocktail den brought to us by the team behind the Michelin-starred Kissa Tanto, and Bao Bei, Meo Chinatown is all lush velour and cocktails that embrace both the modern and the kitsch.

4362 Main Street – Mt. Pleasant, no phone
Distance: 15-minute drive
This lounge looks like a papered-up shopfront from the street, but step inside and you’ll find yourself in another world. With no natural light, the dim, low-key room is the perfect place to chat over a Mai Tai while being serenaded by a ukulele player.