May 11, 2018
This self-styled Yaletown ‘ultra lounge’ (their words) has a come hither appeal to the cocktail addict. These guys know their drinks: their ingredients are fresh (fresh fruit, cut to order, mixed with fresh herbs), their recipes are genuinely inventive and only quality spirits are used. The classics are in safe hands, too, and there are few better places in the city to savour your martini. The room is stylish but not over-designed; wooden floors, lots of brick (of course), with lots of lush looking red couches and leather seats, all lit by lots of candles and some seriously stylish light fittings there’s even a working fireplace to make it extra cosy. Attractive as it is, the look of the place does not dominate and the drinks are given space to shine which they do. Their London Vine, a mix of plum, lemon, gin and Pinot Noir, is inspired. They have a well-stocked wine cellar and the wine list is definitely worth exploring. A short menu of well-executed food (courtesy of Executive Chef Chris Bisaro) puts the finishing touches to what is a pretty impressive picture try the seared Yukon Arctic Char or the pan roasted local Lingcod, or order something lighter from the ‘George Food’ menu maybe some mussels or crab cakes (sorry, veggies, there’s not a lot to tempt you here). Regular DJ sets liven up the mood, and the place offers a private dining room for larger groups, making it an ideal destination for that special celebration. So why not grab one of the couches and a cocktail and enjoy a great night out?