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Oct 21, 2011 08:56 AM

Yaletown near Opus?

In Vancouver later today and looking for good spots for lunch and dinner near Opus Hotel. Love wine and craft cocktails. Transit or taxi would be fine if something is worth it. Is Market by Jean-Georges worth the effort to dine there? Seafood/sushi would be great too. Short notice for the trip so not much time to do research.

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  1. I think most people would direct you to Gastown instead for wine and craft cocktails: Boneta, the Diamond, L'Abbatoir, etc etc. If you do make it out that way, I would also add Jules to that list for drinks: H, the man behind the bar, is an old school London bartender who carves his own ice, makes his own sloe gin, etc etc.

    Opinions vary about Market, but if it makes any difference, it'd really only be about a 15 minute walk from the Opus.

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    1. re: clutterer

      I really appreciate the recs. Vancouver is very walk-able and friendly. We popped into the bars at Boneta and L'Abattoir. Definitely want to return to check out more of your city.

    2. L'Abattoir fits the bill. Terrific bartender, Shaun Layton, and a fantastic wine program.

      1. If you are looking for sushi and crafted cocktails, you need only walk down the block from your hotel to Bluewater Cafe and Raw Bar. Sit at the bar or the sushi bar and you won't be disappointed.

        I enjoy the cocktails at Market very much, Jay Jones is a great bartender and knows his stuff. I have only eaten lunch there, not dinner, and it was great.

        1. Agree with other about Gastown being the hub of craft cocktails at places like the Diamond, L'Abbatoir and Pourhouse. I was also impressed at the Revel Room, also in Gastown. Gastown is a 15 minute walk north of the Opus. Yaletown definitely has trendy lounges, bars & restaurants - but it's more about the eye candy than craft cocktail culture. You'll see what I mean when you get there.

          Also agree that Jay Jones is one of Vancouver's best bartenders - you can grab one of his cocktails downstairs in their Xi Shi Lounge if you don't feel like dining at Market. Market is more like a 25 minute walk from the Opus, although you can easily hop on the Canada Line and take it one stop north which puts you within 10 minutes of walking from Market.

          One destination I will recommend which is about an 8 minute walk from the Opus is the Refinery upstairs on Granville Street (at Granville and Helmcken). Lauren Mote used to be the head mixologist there, but has since passed on the title to Graham Racich - another one of Vancouver's finest. They make all their bitters in house and host Canada's longest-running craft cocktail competition: Cocktail Kitchen (which unfortunately just ended 2 weeks ago). Still worth dropping by for a cocktail.

          The Refinery
          1115 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1, CA