New Wine Bar Coming Soon to Strathcona

A new wine bar will open in Strathcona before the summer is through. Located at the foot of the new Strathcona Village condo complex at 957 East Hastings, the new spot is already a couple of months in the making.

I have some confidence in the project as the 45 seat space is coming to us from former Mission Kits sommelier/co-owner Chase Macleod. The  space was leased by Sean and Saeedeh Salem, owners of Okanagan wineries Le Vieux Pin and La Stella (two properties well known for their ambition and exacting standards), but I’m told they won’t be involved in operations.

I live just around the corner from the address and have been watching it develop with no small amount of curiosity, poking my head inside every other day and wishing it would be something interesting instead of another Browns or Starbucks. It looks like my wish might be coming true.

The main floor has a nice L-shaped bar for 7 people and windows that open up to the sidewalk. There’s a kitchen in the back, plus a small private room and wine storage area. There’s also a loft that looks to be reserved for office space and/or meetings. I haven’t seen renderings and am still in the dark regarding the food program, but whatever…I’m excited to see this happening in my neighbourhood.

The working name is VV Wine Bar & Lounge. It’s on track for an August opening.

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There are 7 comments

  1. I am really fascinated by the logic of these supposedly successful business people in opening a wine bar in literally one of the poorest parts of the city. Do they imagine that affluent vancouverites will be flocking to such a locale? Honestly, baffling bit of business here.

  2. This stretch of Strathcona is rapidly changing. See also Les Amis du Fromage, The Garden, Prototype Coffee, Strathcona Brewing, Bob Likes Thai Food, Liquids and Solids.

  3. I live down the street from this upcoming wine bar and having lived here over the past 5 years, the area is slowly changing. The addition of new condos and other businesses is attractive for those for not only live around the but for “affluent” Vancouverites as well.

    Excited for this, love Le Vieux Pin and La Stella.

  4. “I am really fascinated by the logic of these supposedly successful business people in opening a wine bar in literally one of the poorest parts of the city”. Um, this is exactly how this is supposed to work. There’s a word for it. It starts with a G and ends in Entrification!

  5. I live not far away and will be interested in seeing how this develops. Hope they remember to make it wheelchair accessible.

  6. “J. Rogaine

    Jul 29, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I am really fascinated by the logic of these supposedly successful business people in opening a wine bar in literally one of the poorest parts of the city. Do they imagine that affluent vancouverites will be flocking to such a locale? Honestly, baffling bit of business here.”

    There’s plenty of bougie people living in Strathcona in houses worth 2 million and up. The brewery does fine. There are hundreds of suites in that building,majority market housing (the mixed income bit is a fraction of the units and only a minority of those are low income folks – criteria for a one bedroom on “lower end of the market housing” there is <100k household income a year, which is above Vancouver median household income). There is going to be a mega condo building going up at Clark and hastings which is 2 blocks away.

    This place opened today, it's called vv tapas lounge tho

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