May 11, 2018
The Diamond dazzles and, given that name, frankly you’d hope that it would. There was a whole heap of anticipation surrounding its opening and thankfully the finished bar more than lives up to the buzz. Situated in a historic Gastown building, it’s a warm, urbane space, all rich dark wood and the by-now-obligatory exposed brick walls, complete with accents of white and dangling crystal chandeliers. Once you’ve made your way up the stairs and inside, there’s a pleasingly retro ambiance to the place, making it an ideal spot to either catch up with friends or take a date. The Diamond is the baby of a trio of Vancouver bar gurus and they’ve given it an Asian theme, as evidenced by the excellent – though perhaps a tad pricey – dim sum menu (though there’s little to tempt the vegetarians, so if seafood’s not your thing, you might want to eat elsewhere). Cocktails are similarly imaginative, fresh twists on classic drinks. We like the sound of their Tequila Martinez with Tequila, vermouth, peach bitters and orange oil the drinks are made with skill and precision, and the bar staff are generally friendly and know their way around a cocktail shaker, so feel free to ask for recommendations (though be aware the drinks aren’t particularly cheap, so make sure you know what you’re ordering beforehand). Reservations aren’t taken so you better get in early to guarantee getting one of the coveted window seats with its cool, leafy view of the streets below you, the perfect perch for people watching.