Yes, comfy beds, great service and an immaculate spa are important. But discerning travelers know that what really makes a great hotel is a great hotel bar.
Fortunately, Vancouver has more than its share of classy, sassy and unforgettable hotel bars. Check out these watering holes on your next stay for a memorable drink and fantastic atmosphere:
- Lobby Lounge and RawBar at the Fairmont Pacific Rim: A white baby grand piano, crystal chandeliers and wall-length fireplace anchor the modern décor in this chic hotel bar in the lobby of the new Fairmont Pacific Rim. Enjoy some of the city’s freshest sushi while mingling with international and local jetsetters over the sounds of live jazz and house music.
- Bacchus Lounge at the Wedgewood: For old-school swank, it’s hard to top this bar in the Wedgewood Hotel that looks out on Vancouver’s central Robson Square. The interior is classic elegance: red velvet banquettes, dark wood tables and paneling, even a pianist tickling the ivories. Not to mention, the AAA Four-Diamond menu is complemented by a wine list worthy of Bacchus himself, featuring local and international wines by the glass and bottle.
- Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La: Inside the elegant, Asian-inspired Shangri-La Hotel, Xi Shi offers a sophisticated Eastern take on the hotel bar. Rub shoulders with the city’s young and fabulous while sipping handcrafted cocktails served by waitresses in traditional Chinese silks.
These are just a few of the glamorous hotel bars in Vancouver. For more ideas, check out the hotel listings on the Tourism Vancouver website.