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The Coolest New Bars to Score a Cocktail in Vancouver Right Now

There are a whack of new bars to check out if you're looking for somewhere to grab a cocktail in Vancouver right now.

The Coolest New Bars to Score a Cocktail in Vancouver Right Now

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There are a whack of new addresses to check out if you’re looking for somewhere to have cocktail in Vancouver right now. The following nine beverage-forward establishments opened doors over the past year, and we feel that each one is a solid choice for glass of something tasty. Did we miss something good? Let us know via @scoutmagazine. But for now, from our glass to yours… cheers!

Ama Raw Bar

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One of the most interesting concepts to open in a little while, Ama (brought to us by the capable and affable crew behind Loula’s and Nammos) ‘blurs the lines between reality & fantasy’ via cocktails and a tranquil depths-of-the-sea atmosphere. Plus, they are open late (1am). Try: Black Manhattan – a cult classic with a twist of modern funk, and bold Ama finesse.

Ama 3980 Fraser St. MAP

The Flamingo Room

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Doors JUST opened at this Miami-themed bar and performance venue. Look for the side door tucked next to Havana on Commercial Drive, and follow the pink-painted staircase to a subterranean oasis where a solid selection of inventive rum-centric cocktails do their best to complete the transportive experience. Try: Kil-Divil: Mount Gay rum, Xila, house allspice dram, carrot juice, tamarind, lemon, vegan foamer.

The Flamingo Room 1212 Commercial Drive MAP

Dear Gus

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Another newbie! This pint-sized Quebec Street wine bar swung open its doors in early December. Hit them up early (between 4-5pm) to score one of six seats along the kitchen-facing bar for their aperitivo menu: glasses for $9, a half carafe for $25, amaro or vermouth spritzes for $10, and $10 off of all bottles.

Dear Gus Snack Bar 2040 Quebec St. MAP

Bar Tartare

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A rotating roster of some of Vancouver’s most innovative chefs add something special to Tartare’s always on-point natural wine selection. We won’t even try to suggest what you drink here – just let the Tartare crew set you up with something that suits your mood in the moment.

Bar Tartare 54 Alexander Street MAP

Bar Haifa

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There is definitely a lot of good food going on at Bar Haifa, but this team also knows how to mix a good drink (and they have strong opinions about music, as well). Try: Of Corsican – gin, amaro, elderflower and lemon.

Bar Haifa 400 West Georgia MAP

Bar Bravo

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This new seafood-forward restaurant isn’t strictly a ‘bar’, but they do have ample bar seating…and they know what’s up when it comes to cocktails. Try: Three Amigos – El Jimador reposado, Bruxo X mezcal, orange curaçao, lime, egg white.

Bar Bravo 4194 Fraser St. MAP

The Watson

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New to the Main Street scene since the summer, The Watson is a comfortable room with 75 seats spread between the main floor and mezzanine. Every seat in the house is good, but the bar is where it’s at. Try: Red Dress (milk punch clarification, buffalo trace, calvados, apple cordial, lemon, red wine).

The Watson 3080 Main St. MAP

Salt Chinatown

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The reincarnation of this famous Blood Alley wine bar now lives in Chinatown. The wine starts pouring at 5pm, or order outside of the box and sip on one of their trio of cocktails. Try: A Glass of any of their fine pours of wine paired with some salty Portuguese sardines or a Driftwood Breeze (Driftwood gin, Amaro Montenegro, passion fruit juice, lemon juice, dehydrated grapefruit).

Salt Tasting Room (Moved) 227 E Pender St. MAP

Arcana Spirit Lounge

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Gimmicky, yes. But lean into it and have some fun. Try: The Wheel of Fortune – spin the wheel twice: the first selects a spirit, the second the style.

Arcana Spirit Lounge 238 Abbott St. MAP

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