Sip, Relax and Unwind at Vancouver's Best Wine Bars

There's no shortage of wine bars in Vancouver where you can kick back and relax and these wine bars will start you off in the right direction. Whether you're after something more quiet and casual or lively and fancy, there's a seat with your name on it.

Salt Tasting Room brought charcuterie to Vancouver many years ago and has been a staple in the wine and cheese scene. Located on Blood Alley, these spaces are cozy and anything but ominous as the name Blood Alley (the street they're on) give off. Choose wines by the glass or enjoy one of their flights.

Sometimes you need a little (okay, a lot) of glam in your life and the Rosewood Hotel Georgia's Prohibition is the place to go. The beautiful space sets the stage for a gorgeous evening of wine, live music and good times with friends or your special someone. Start the night off with a half-glass of champagne before moving onto a full pour.

Allow yourself to sink into the lush velvet chairs in front of the large fireplace at Bacchus Piano Lounge while you sip a glass of wine and listen to the smooth tunes of the piano.  The wine menu is extensive with plenty to choose from.

 All of these places offer wine by the glass so why not sample a few in a night?


Yaletown L'Antipasto is a quaint and unassuming restaurant in Yaletown that will blow you away. Though it may be bold to say, Yaletown L'Antipasto has some of the best fresh pasta in Vancouver. This family-run joint will make you feel warm and welcomed with their personable service and authentic Italian fare. They combine imported products from Italy with locally sourced and fresh ingredients from British Columbia to create delicious antipasti options, salads, pastas and desserts. On warmer days, sit outside and enjoy the patio - it's great for people watching! Open for lunch and dinner, Yaletown L'Antipasto is a favorite amongst locals. The price point here is very reasonable, making it an ideal spot for a date. Wash down your meal with a glass (or bottle) of wine from their well stocked wine list.

Step inside these swanky digs and enjoy a beautiful meal. Located in The Sutton Place Hotel, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is a beautiful space with an equally beautiful menu. The decor showcases art from local artists, beautiful natural stone and imported Italian marble throughout, white oak flooring and accents of gold and bronze. The up-cycled and refurbished antique chandeliers are stunning and help set the mood. On the menu expect to find plenty of seafood (we are in the Pacific Northwest, after all), locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients in each dish. If you're heading there for drinks, grab a seat at the bar or in the lounge and enjoy freshly shucked oysters with a cold, crisp glass of wine.

Just as the name suggests, Nook is a cozy little spot on Denman Street, a short walk away from Stanley Park. Nook's delectable dishes are all made with care and the menu is broken down into salads, crostini, antipasto, pasta, and pizza. The orecchietti with Italian sausage, rapini, fennel and chilis is outstanding, while the ricotta pizza is a delicious twist on what you would normally expect. The Buffalo mozzarella and roasted fennel salad is a must-order and will start your culinary adventure off at Nook on the right foot. Grab a glass of wine, nibble and enjoy this cozy spot.

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar
Photo courtesy of Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar (Owner) - May 2017

UVA is a contemporary-style Italian wine bar and cocktail lounge attached to boutique hotel, Moda. The small space makes it ideal for catching up with a friend or two, a date night, or going solo to sit at the bar. Not only do they have an excellent selection of wine and cocktails, the food at Uva is delicious. Nibble on antipasti, cured meats, pasta and other small and larger plates for dinner. If you're going for an after work drink, happy hour can be enjoyed from 2pm until 5pm, daily. Also, check their website for other specials and live music. Uva is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver on Seymour Street at the corner of Smithe Street.

Wildebeest combines adventure and comfort in each of their dishes and in their decor. The menu focuses on using all of the animal and there is a good mix of familiar and not so familiar items. Wildebeest's team is passionate about sourcing ingredients from local farmers so that they can ensure that they're supporting ethical practices that are both good for the environment and the animals being consumed. The menu changes seasonally, but you can expect the concept to remain as smaller plates that are meant to be shared, while pushing the culinary envelope. The wine list is comprised of New and Old World bottles, but if you would rather order by the glass they have a 12-bottle "By The Glass" machine. The atmosphere is rustic, inviting and may leave you with an itch to redecorate your home.

YEW seafood + bar

Exceptional fine dining and stellar service are the hallmarks of this excellent restaurant and bar inside the Four Seasons hotel. YEW has a seafood heavy focused menu, which makes sense when you look at what the Pacific Northwest has to offer. The menu changes seasonally, but you can always be sure that there's an abundant amount of choice when it comes to the types of seafood. Not a huge fan of seafood? Don't fret. There are dishes just for you, too. The bar and lounge area makes for an inviting place to relax and unwind. Sit by the fireplace, order a round of cocktails, and enjoy the chill vibe YEW bar has to offer.

Bacchus Piano Lounge

It's elegance personified at this hotel lounge, whose crackling fireplace, plush appointments, and polished wood detailing speak of Old World luxury. Great cocktails are a welcome standard after work as professionals stop in for moneyed socializing and attentive service. Later into the evening, a pianist plays familiar melodies and even takes requests if there's a song you must hear. An ideal place to treat yourself to a measure of the good life. Whether you're stopping in for lunch, drinks, dinner or dessert, Bacchus Piano Lounge is a favorite spot amongst discerning Vancouverites. The delicious food and romantic atmosphere make it an ideal spot for a special date.

Salt Tasting Room

Nestled along Blood Alley, there is nothing ominous about this lovely wine and cheese bar. Salt is Vancouver's pioneer in the charcuterie scene and led way for many other places specializing in meats, cheeses and wines to follow suit. The menu offers a large variety of charcuterie, a few salads and plenty of wine. There isn't a huge kitchen in this space, so don't expect a hot cooked meal because their focus is on creating the best accompaniments to go with the well-sourced dairy and meat items on the menu. The long communal tables make for a fun and casual evening out.

The Lobby Lounge and RawBar

Standing tall in Vancouver's Coal Harbour is the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This luxury hotel is home the chic and lively Lobby Lounge and RawBar. From the moment you walk into the grand lobby, the sprawling ceilings, modern fireplace, eye-catching chandeliers and open concept make this an inviting space to get comfy, grab a drink, and order some nibbles. Adding to the atmosphere is live music seven nights a week. From soulful singers to lively bands, The Lobby Lounge and RawBar is a fun place to be. Feeling peckish? The RawBar is Vancouver's first completely Ocean Wise sushi spot. The fish is melt-in-your-mouth fresh and Chef Taka's skill and passion compliments the beautiful ingredients.


The Rosewood Hotel Georgia brings splendour and glamor to Vancouver; it should be no surprise that it has been an iconic hotel since 1927. Prohibition is located in the basement of the hotel and this bar and lounge exudes decadence of the roaring twenties, from top to bottom. Guests can enjoy live music six days away while sipping a beautifully crafted cocktail. As you step inside the vaulted door off of Howe Street and make your way down the staircase, take a moment to soak it all in. From the rich decor and atmosphere to the carefully selected drink options and service, Prohibition is a class act.


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