There’s a certain vibe that hotel bars and lobbies give off, even when you’re visiting one in your own city. The hospitable service, paired with a cold drink, in a stylish atmosphere is enough to make you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation for a few hours. Don’t be shy if you’re not staying in one of these fabulous properties, just because you’re not sleeping there doesn’t mean that you can’t pull up a chair and get cozy in one of these Vancouver hotel lobbies and bars.
Bacchus Lounge, The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa: The soothing sounds of the pianist set the perfect back-drop to an enjoyable hour or two. The over sized velvet chairs, roaring fire and adorable carafes of almonds and peanuts only add to the charm. It’s both romantic and an ideal spot for a rainy Sunday.
YEW, The Four Seasons: This chic bar and restaurant attracts both businessmen and groups of gals looking for a tasty cocktail to enjoy while having a little gab session. On a Friday, they feature Foxy Friday where they serve a complimentary appetizer (chef’s creation) to those wearing a little, or a lot of pink. One of the best kept secrets is their 50% off bottles of wine on Sundays.
Hawksworth, The Hotel Georgia: Sparkling chandeliers, impeccable interior design, craft cocktails, great people watching and an expensive wine list make this one of the more indulgent experiences, when it comes to a hotel bar in Vancouver.
Gerard Lounge, The Sutton Place: The Gerard gives off a slightly similar vibe as Bacchus, in the sense that it’s cozy, yet swanky, traditional in decor and the service is pleasantly reliable. Stop in for a night cap, or come in for dinner.
Xi-Shi Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel: Put on one of those new frocks hanging in your closet, or new crisp shirt and enjoy the sexy crowd that Xi-Shi attracts. Whether you’re stopping in for a pre-dinner drink, an afternoon refreshment or evening cocktail, Xi-Shi’s chic atmosphere and delicious food are the perfect accompaniment to a inventive cocktail.
Uva Wine Bar, Moda Hotel: This lovely boutique hotel has got their guests covered when it comes to hunger and thirst. Attached to the hotel is Red Card Sports Bar, where you can grab a pint and a hand tossed wood-oven pizza; perfect for game nights. Should an exceptional meal be on the evening plans, Cibo, will please your palate with their lovely Italian fare. Late night snacks, plenty of wines by the glass and an inviting room are what makes Uva such a great hotel bar. Start at Uva and move over to Cibo, or stay there for the night, before retiring to your room. Both Cibo and Uva are located right off of Moda’s hotel lobby.
Lobby Lounge and Terrace, Fairmont Pacific Rim: The open concept lounge offers clean lines, a soaring ceiling and live music six nights a week. The roaring fireplace brings an element of warmth to this large space that’s ideal for an after work liquid stress reliever.
Tableau Bar Bistro, Loden Hotel: Pull up a stool along the long bar and enjoy a classic cocktail, or freshly pulled draft. Tableau provides locals and guests with the quintessential neighborhood bistro/bar atmosphere, while the food and service draw regulars back frequently.