Best Cocktails in Vancouver

With a handful of Vancouver bartenders competing at the international level, it’s safe to say we’ve got some of the best cocktails in the world. In certain neighbourhoods, it’s hard to find a bad sip, and in others, you are guaranteed to find at least one spot that is hitting it out of the park with their drink list. Here are our favourite cocktail destinations in Vancouver.

Best Cocktails in Downtown Vancouver


UVA Cocktails Lauren Mote

900 Seymour St | 604-632-9560 $$$ | Wine Bar

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Adjoining the Moda Hotel, UVA is an evening destination for connoisseurs of fine wines and spirits. Unique import beers and enticing cocktails also on offer.

The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

905 Dunsmuir St | 604-899-4456 $$ | Canadian

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The beverage program at Blackbird, co-created by beverage Director Trevor Kallies and former Executive Barman Jay Jones, showcases twenty-four beer lines, craft cocktails and a satellite scotch bar with 70+ labels.

Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim

1038 Canada Pl | $$$ | Lounge

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Count on head barman Grant Sceney's liquid creations to be spot-on every time. After a few sips of his refreshingly unique cocktails, you'll agree his 4th place finish at the Diageo World Class bartender competition in England was well-deserved.

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.

Best Cocktails Near Main Street

Thirsty for Main Street's very best cocktails? Here are my favourite bars, serving sips from expert bartenders who truly care about every element required to make the perfect drink.

The Acorn

The Acorn Cocktails

3995 Main St | 604-566-9001 $$$ | Vegetarian

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The Acorn boasts one of the best signature cocktail lists in the city. With an ingredient list this long (they mix together ohh so well), these are not your typical DIY cocktails.

Camp Upstairs

Campagnolo Upstairs Brunch

1020 Main St | 604-484-6018 $ | Bar / Snacks

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Head Upstairs for something new, a stiff barrel-aged cocktail. You'll find the classics here as well.


958 Main St | 604-773-3805 $ | Modern Asian

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Burdock & Co

Burdock and Co Interior

2702 Main St | 604-879-0077 $$ | Local

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Best Cocktails in Yaletown

Blue Water Cafe

Blue Water Cafe Dining Room

1095 Hamilton St. | 604-688-8078 $$$$ | Seafood

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At Blue Water Cafe, you can find one of the most extensive spirit selections in the city - and not just the classics. Sip on one of their over 180 single malt whiskeys, iced vodkas or premium chilled sakes.

Homer Street Cafe & Bar

898 Homer St | 604-428-4299 $$$ | French

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Best Cocktails in Kitsilano


Maenam Cocktail Rusty Bumper

1938 W 4th Ave | 604-730-5579 $ | Thai

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At Maenam, the cocktails get just as much tender, love and care as the food with unique Thai flavours infused into their drinks.


1809 W 1st Ave | $$ | Canadian


Best Cocktails in Vancouver's West End

Craving a superbly crafted cocktail? The West End's best spots for sipping are listed below.

Exile Bistro

1220 Bute St | 604-563-8633 $$ | Canadian

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