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A bar downtown/gastown/yaletown to meet an old friend?

clipfish Mar 31, 2010 10:11 AM

I'm looking for a comfortable place to go for drinks downtown. I have a old friend staying in Vancouver for a couple of nights, and I'd like to suggest somewhere to meet where we can lounge, drink a little, snack well, and catch up for a few cozy hours.

Not too expensive, not too cheap....just comfortable.

I'd love any favorite hang-out you all might have.


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  1. fmed RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 10:53 AM

    I tend to stick close to home for that sort of thing. For a quiet, cozy bar close to the Commercial Dr area, I tend to go a place like the shabby Wise Club at the Wise Hall (Victoria and Adanac - technically a members-only place, but you can come in to "try it out".) Or a new fave: the Wine Cafe at the Van East Cultural Centre (The Cultch)...you will get bit of activity during intermissions, etc, but it is pretty quiet most of the time.

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      selena03 RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 12:19 PM

      I like UVA wine bar for that. It is on Smithe and Seymour. They have a menu that is entirely snacky and you can also order from their sister resto's (Cibo next door) menu.

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        clutterer RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 01:17 PM

        There's always Keefer and Bao Bei in Chinatown: both great for drinks regardless of the varying opinions on the food. Neither are exactly quiet though (depending on the night).

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          julesincoq RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 02:17 PM

          I like the Transcontinental in the train station on Cordova. Their martinis are good, their appy selection is good - the menu has some imagination - and it's close to the train. Works for me.

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            alwaysroom4dessert RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 03:47 PM

            What about The Diamond in Gastown?

            1. starlady RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 06:57 PM

              R.TL in Yaletown is good, Pourhouse in Gastown, Salt for wines BTG, Cobre for snacks, Alibi Room for beer, Haven't been yet but Cork and Fin in Gastown. Just off the top of my head....

              Cobre Restaurants
              52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA

              Alibi Room
              157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B8, CA

              1130 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2T9, CA

              Salt Tasting Room Ltd
              45 Blood Alley Sq, Vancouver, BC V5Y, CA

              Pourhouse Restaurant
              162 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, CA

              1. flowbee RE: clipfish Mar 31, 2010 09:50 PM

                Alibi Room, or Irish Heather (or Shebeen in the back, through Irish Heather out the back door).

                Alibi Room
                157 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A1B8, CA

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                  peter.v RE: flowbee Mar 31, 2010 10:42 PM

                  Both Alibi and the Heather are excellent calls. I'd also throw in Six Acres and the Greedy Pig too. Those two are a little more off the radar but are comfy Gastown joints where you could drink away a few hours.

                  Six Acres
                  203 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B2J2, CA

                  Greedy Pig
                  307 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1E5, CA

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                    flowbee RE: peter.v Apr 1, 2010 11:17 AM

                    Yes! Six Acres seconded. They have this delicious gorgonzola dip that's great with a beer. Their bottled beer selection is pretty good.

                    Six Acres
                    203 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B2J2, CA

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                      peter.v RE: flowbee Apr 1, 2010 09:35 PM

                      I was actually super surprised at how well priced some of the beers were. Acme IPA from California was $5 on their list. Most spots in town would have that beer at $7 or $8. And yes, the menu is definitely tailored towards snacking and sharing.

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