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Jun 23, 2011 04:38 PM

Dinner and drinks options near Marrriott Pinnacle Hotel at 1128 W. Hastings

I will be staying at the Marriott Pinnacle at 1128 W. Hastings in a couple of weeks and will be looking for some good dinner and drinks options. I'm not looking for tourist destinations, but cool places to hang out for a while to grab a few drinks with a close friend and then dinner. Can grab drinks at one place and dinner at another, but one place for both would be good too. Can be a dive kind of place or just a good comfy/cozy place to hang out. Would be good to also to be able to hold a conversation without having to yell. We will be casually dressed -- nice jeans/shirts. Any cuisine is cool and not concerned with $$. Just want a nice/cool place to hang out for a while.

If its walking distance from the Marriott that would be great or anywhere between the Marriott and Stanley Park would be great.

Look forward to your recommendations.


BL -- DC Hound

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  1. Just to get the ball rolling on your kinda vague request, I'm going to suggest a place I haven't been yet because it seems to fit what you're looking for: Oyster Raw Bar

    For places I can recommend personally, what about an izakaya? You seem to travel a lot for business per your several recent requests for help on other boards so you may have already tried this kind of dining but if not it is fun. Depending which one you pick, there may be a noise issue. Guu with Garlic is probably the loudest of the ones I've been too and even it's not too bad and perhaps my favourite of the downtown/West End ones. The one that links here is a bit closer to your hotel and a bit quieter but still has a nice buzz. Lots of other options for izakaya as well...

    BTW casually dressed will work pretty much anywhere in Vancouver with the possible exception of Hawksworth according to recent intel.

    Have fun and let us know what you decide on.

    838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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    1. re: grayelf

      Thanks for the good ideas. Any others out there???

    2. Everything downtown is fairly close to one another, so I wouldn't necessarily limit yourselves close to your hotel.

      I would suggest going to Gastown, since it is about a ten minute walk from where you're staying. Lots of options for food and drinks. Some tapas places (Judas Goat, Cobre), seafood/sushi (Cork & Finn, Seamonstr Sushi), french (L'Abbatoir, Jules), and great bars (Diamond, Six Acres, Irish Heather, Pourhouse, Salt). There is also a Guu in Gastown. The great thing about it is you can just hop from place to place until you find a place that you like.

      If you do want to stay close to your hotel, you can always head over to the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel lobby, or across the street to the Irish pub Mahoney and Sons, which is at the convention centre and along the waterfront with a really great view.

      Have fun!

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

      838 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E1W2, CA

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

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

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      1. re: qimburlee

        Thanks for the recommendations. Seems like Gastown would be a good option. Is Gastown touristy or is it an area that locals go? Or a bit of both?

        Any other recommendations out there?


        BL -- DC Hound

        1. re: BRL

          Gastown is touristy by day and full of dining locals at night. It is a hotspot for mainstream dining. It does get pretty sketchy as it intersects with the downtown eastside which has severe drug and poverty issues.