Best hotel bars in Vancouver
By Vancity Buzz
Notch 8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Notch 8 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers a compelling drinks menu for all sorts of imbibers, from the midday lunchers to the nightlife seekers.
Tableau Bar Bistro at The Loden
This beautiful restaurant inside the award-winning boutique hotel The Loden features a cozy bar and great cocktail program to go alongside their west coast-inspired French bistro eats.
YEW seafood + bar at Four Seasons
You’ll rub shoulders with well-heeled travellers, shoppers, and local power players when you’re at the bar inside YEW. As a bonus for fans of Chef Ned Bell’s delicious seafood-centric dishes on the restaurant menu, the bar has its own exclusive menu and “reverse happy hour” specials (don’t miss their amazing chicken wings). Cocktails [are inspired by the oceans](http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2015/02/yew-seafood-bar-new-oceans-cocktails-make-waves/) and were created by mixologist Lauren Mote (of UVA).
Opus Bar at Opus Hotel
The bar inside one of Vancouver’s best-loved boutique hotels is small but mighty. Featuring a tight cocktail list showcasing their take on classic drinks and flavours, and bar bites from La Pentola, the Opus Hotel’s tantalizing northern Italian restaurant, this welcome escape in Yaletown is a chill hangout by day and a lively spot by night.
The Keefer Bar at the Keefer Suite
Chinatown’s Keefer Bar, situated at the [Keefer Suites](http://thekeefer.com/), is a local darling of the craft cocktail scene. Apothecary-inspired cocktails are poured using “house-made bitters, syrups, and teas,” and are inspired by the Chinese traditions of using food and drink as cure for ailments.
Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim
Head right to one of the city’s best waterfront hotels and settle in for a drink and some top-notch seafood at Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Lobby Lounge and RawBar. Enjoy drinks created by bartender Grant Sceney, and fresh sustainable bites from the RawBar.
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar at Moda Hotel
An unassuming and easy going cafe by day, the UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar at downtown’s Moda Hotel is one of the city’s best watering holes. Cocktails here are the work of award-winning bartender Lauren Mote (who is also one-half of Vancouver’s acclaimed Bittered Sling bitters biz).
Grain Tasting Bar at Hyatt Regency
Get into the spirit of locally made spirits, as well as wines and beers, at the bar inside the Hyatt Regency. It’s a meld of the rustic with the urban chic–which, when you think about it, pretty much on the nose when it comes to the Vancouver vibe and aesthetic.
Bacchus Lounge at Wedgewood
The Bacchus Lounge not only has great views (they overlook Robson Square and the Art Gallery), but also elegant food, drinks, and live entertainment.
Xi Shi Lounge at the Shangri-La Hotel
The Shangri-La is by far one of Vancouver’s more relaxing high-end hotel properties, and their Xi Shi Lounge is no exception. Escape by day into their tea service, or wait until the sun goes down to settle in for a drink in this mellow, sumptuous East-meets-West-vibe spot.
Gerard Lounge at Sutton Place
Despite a major makeover in the hotel’s main restaurant as it relaunched as Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (with its own bar space more than worthy of bellying up to), the Gerard Lounge remained a dark hideaway perfect for sipping and socializing.
Reflections at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Downtown’s post Rosewood Hotel Georgia certainly has its share of excellent options for grabbing a drink, whether you’re a local or an out-of-towner. Get right to relaxing in the [1927 Lobby Lounge](http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-georgia-vancouver/dining/1927-lobby-lounge), hit up the bar at the acclaimed [Hawksworth](http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-georgia-vancouver/dining/hawksworth-restaurant) restaurant, or wait until the speakeasy-style light goes on signalling the evening opening of [Prohibition](http://www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/hotel-georgia-vancouver/dining/prohibition).