(This post is a follow-up to a You Make the Call!, combining readers’ suggestions).
For many travelers, the most important thing besides a good bed is a good hotel bar. The best hotel bars offer a dash of international sophistication, a healthy dose of local color, a welcoming atmosphere and, of course, great drinks.
In Vancouver, options range from trendy lounges where you can hobnob for a night with the city’s jet-set to more casual watering holes where you can unwind with a local craft beer. Here are three suggestions, broken down by personality type:
For the trendsetter: The chic Shangri-La Hotel occupies the city’s tallest building, offering a taste of Asian elegance in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Inside, the glamorous Xi Shi Lounge is a great place to rub shoulders with visiting celebs, not to mention the city’s young and fabulous. Sip handcrafted cocktails like the Iron Lotus (Belvedere Vodka, fresh raspberry, elderflower and sparkling wine), while cocktail waitresses in traditional Chinese silks make the rounds.
For the classic gentleman (and lady): Rich, red-velvet banquettes. A handsome dark-wood bar. Intimate lighting and a piano playing softly in the corner. The Bacchus Lounge is Vancouver’s consummate classy, Old World hotel bar. Housed in the boutique Wedgewood Hotel across from Robson Square, Bacchus fills up most evenings with international travelers and an after-work crowd unwinding over cocktails.
For the jazz cat: The Listel Hotel in downtown Vancouver is one of the city’s hidden gems: a boutique hotel that doubles as an art gallery, with an extensive collection of aboriginal and contemporary West Coast masterpieces. Little surprise that its bar, O’Doul’s, is equally artful. Featuring free live jazz from Thursday to Saturday nights, O’Doul’s is a great place to groove to some standards while sipping British Columbia wine and microbrews.
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