Best Cocktails in Gastown, Chinatown and Crosstown


Photo by Bruce Edward Statham

217 Carrall St | 604-568-1701 $$$ | French

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Built in the 19th century, L'Abattoir is the site of Vancouver's first jail. Below an elevated dining room lies the bar and lounge where one can indulge in innovative cocktails.

Bao Bei

Bao Bei Chinatown

162 Keefer St | 604-688-0876 $$ | Modern Chinese

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At the excellent Bao Bei, you'll find classic cocktails - with a Chinese twist.


Chambar Interior

568 Beatty St | 604-879-7119 $$$ | Belgian

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The Diamond

6 Powell St | 604-568-8272 $$ | Bar / Tapas

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One of Vancouver's craft-cocktail bars does not disappoint with its diverse menu. Perfect spot for a pre-drink or a nightcap.

The Keefer Bar

The Keefer Cocktail

135 Keefer St | 604-688-1961 $$ | Lounge

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Home of award-winning bartender Danielle Tatarin who creates unique house-made tinctures, bitters, syrups and teas to incorporate into her pre-prohibition influenced drinks.


Notturno Bar

280 Carrall St | 604-720-3145 $$$ | Italian Tapas

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Home of "H", one of Vancouver's most decorated bartenders with a slew of well-known English bars (Ronnie Scott's and Casita) on his resume. With over 20 years of experience, expect out-of-the-box creations made with unique ingredients like foie gras-washed Calvados.


162 Water St | 604-568-7022 $$ | Canadian

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The cocktails at Pourhouse, designed by bar manager Rhett Williams, have an old soul, whether plain or fancy. Set your drink down on 120-year old planks of reclaimed Douglas Fir that make up the 38 foot bar.


Wildebeest Interior

120 W Hastings St | 604-687-6880 $$$ | Canadian / Nose to Tail

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This multi-level space set in a refurbished 19th century building, offers a front house cocktail bar & lounge, dining rooms and an intimately-set underground wine bar.


Bambudda Bar

99 Powell St | 604-428-0301 $$ | Modern Chinese

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Where one particularly large, Tsui-Hang-inspired cocktail is served in a tea pot. Here, liquid concoctions are Asian-inspired and made with special care by industry veterans. On warmer nights enjoy the blue velvet bar seats and fresh air just a step from the sidewalk.