1 Grapes and Soda 1541 W 6th Ave., grapesandsoda.ca 2 Upstairs at Campagnolo 1020 Main St., campagnolorestaurant.ca 3 The Narrow Lounge 1898 Main St., narrowlounge.com
honourable mentions Uva, The Shameful Tiki
In resurrecting this category, judges sipped their way through a broad spectrum of stand-alone spots offering choice libations. Gold winner Grapes and Soda has carved out a unique niche for itself as Vancouver’s first exclusively natural wine bar. Soulful and laid-back, it offers wine director Kieran Fanning’s thoughtfully curated list of artisanal organic, biodynamic bottles alongside bar manager Satoshi Yonemori’s impeccably nuanced cocktails. Upstairs at Campagnolo snags Silver for its speakeasy feel and a focus on classic cocktails crafted by the dynamic duo of Peter Van de Reep and Rob Scope. Bronze goes to the Narrow Lounge, which is (well, was) quite possibly the city’s best-kept bar secret; you’d enter through agraffiti-covered stairwell when the red light beckoned and be enveloped in its ultra-cool underground charm.