Best Bar

Vancouver Magazine - - Restaurant Awards -

1 Grapes and Soda 1541 W 6th Ave., grape­sand­ 2 Up­stairs at Cam­pag­nolo 1020 Main St., cam­pag­nolorestau­ 3 The Nar­row Lounge 1898 Main St., nar­

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.

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