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Restaurant type

  • Wine Bar,

Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,
  • International,


  • Tapas,


  • Tasting Menu,

Products and Services

  • Dinner,
  • Wine,
  • Beer,
  • Charcuterie,
  • Cheese Plates,
  • Wine Pairings,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $26 To $60,

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Nestled in Gastown’s historic Blood Alley, Salt Tasting Room’s unique approach to wine, cheese and charcuterie makes the narrow, brick-walled bar a destination for anyone looking for a fashionable night out — with an interactive twist.

“Here, people can ask questions and learn about our wines without feeling intimidated,” says owner Sean Heather, who opened Salt in 2006 in response to what he observed as a lack of approachable wine bars in Vancouver.

At Salt, everyone is welcome — from wine and food aficionados to beginner sippers and every day diners. Seated at a long communal table, patrons design their own sharing plates from a chalkboard menu of meats, cheeses and condiments. Next, knowledgeable servers arrange a trio of wines — called a “flight” — to match. Unless you would like to choose your own, of course.

Tailored to customers’ personal tastes, flights of local and imported wines arrive with “cheat-sheets” detailing the names and origins of each. “When you don’t understand the wine you’re drinking, you’re not really having fun,” says Sean, who hopes these cheat-sheets help customers navigate future trips to the liquor store, too.

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Sara T

This is for unique wine tasting, not dining

You have to remember when going here that this is a wine tasting room, not a place to have dinner. The wine list is imaginative and approachable. The service on a good night is excellent, on a bad night is so-so, but the staff have always been very helpful with the wine choices, pairings, and flight recommendations. The food is charcuterie, not full meals. Use this place to meet up for a pre-dinner drink, or to end off the night with some wine appreciation.

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 3/5
Service: 3/5
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Take it for what it's worth.

OK, so it could use a bit more ambiance, but who cares. It's never been touted as a "restaurant". It's a wine and cheese bar, that's it. If you want to go to a neat place to have a dring before dinner, or a late night snack, it's perfect. As for the fact that it's in an alley.... whatever! If that's really so intimidating for you, perhaps you should stay home and have a latte in your safe livingroom... ;)

Atmosphere: 4/5
Food: 4/5
Service: 4/5
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Hidden away in Gastown’s historic Blood Alley, Salt Tasting Room offers a three-course tasting menu that features inspired combinations from the chef. You get a choice of salads to start (kale Caesar or a seasonal selection), and then a choice of the Butcher Plate, the Cheese Monger Plate or the Best of B.C. Plate. Your meal is rounded off with either a slice of Salt’s raved-about goat cheese cheesecake or its decadent chocolate mousse.

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Duck into the famous Blood Alley in Gastown and make your way to Salt Tasting Room. Build your own tasting plate from the options written on the chalkboard or have the experienced staff members build one for you. Cider choices include several options from Logan Lake’s Left Field Cider Co. as well as the Victoria-based Todd Creek Craft Ciders.

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Vancouver’s most romantic wine bars

Vancouver’s most romantic wine bars

Traipsing down historic, cobblestoned Blood Alley – which takes its name from Gastown’s long defunct butcher shops – is half the fun of drinking at Salt Tasting Room. Hidden away from crowds, inside a narrow, brick bar, you’ll meet knowledgeable staff who pair unique wine flights with charcuterie and cheese, tailored to your palate. And the best part? Curiosity is encouraged at Salt, which aims to educate inexperienced oenophiles, not alienate.

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