A bar downtown/gastown/yaletown to meet an old friend?
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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....
52 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E7, CA
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
162 Water Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, CA
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.
203 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B2J2, CA
307 Cordova St W, Vancouver, BC V6B1E5, CA