6 of the best 50 cocktail bars in Canada are in Vancouver


Everyone is going gaga over the just-released 2018 list of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants (with Vancouver well-represented), however sophisticated boozehounds should take note of a sibling list that’s also just out from the Canada’s Best crew.

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The Keefer Bar/Facebook

Canada’s 50 Best Bars honours the movers and shakers in the coast-to-coast cocktail-making scene. Vancouver can not only boast six picks on the list, but also the number two spot for Chinatown’s beloved Keefer Bar.

Also making the list are sophisticated sipping spots at Prohibition (at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia), Gastown’s The Diamond, Farmer’s Apprentice’s sibling snacks and drinks spot Grapes & Soda in South Granville, the venerable UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar, and the always-fun Shameful Tiki Room.

One other B.C. spot is on the list; it’s Little Jumbo (#29) in Victoria.

Drinking at The Diamond (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancouver Is Awesome)

This is the first year Canada’s 50 Best Bars has been compiled. Organizers’ main criteria was that judges not default to selecting bar programs within restaurants, instead focusing on dedicated libation places–which perhaps explains why your favourite cocktail list from a Vancouver restaurant didn’t make the cut.

Here are the Vancouver bars on the list, with their ranking.

  • 2. The Keefer Bar
  • 13. Prohibition
  • 16. The Diamond
  • 20. Grapes & Soda
  • 22. UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
  • 26. Shameful Tiki Room
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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of LAist.com, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom