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  • Restaurant,
  • Bar,
  • Events,
  • Party Booking,

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  • English,
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135 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3
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A cocktail revolution is happening in Vancouver’s Chinatown under the skillful guidance of award-winning bartender Dani Tatarin and her trophy-bagging team at The Keefer Bar.

At this popular bar, traditional Chinese apothecary herbs meet classic cocktails with a twist in a delicious cross-cultural blend that draws a loyal all-ages army of locals and a regular influx of visiting cocktail fans from around the world, lured by the bar’s reputation and its many international magazine write-ups and awards. “The concept of the bar was to pay homage to Chinatown,” explains Dani. “We incorporate herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine into house-made bitters, teas, syrups and tinctures, which gives unique flavour combinations with classically inspired cocktails.”

The Keefer Bar’s cocktail list features beloved "alumni" drinks, classics like the herbacious Rosemary Gimlet or the Dragon Fly, a tart combination of magnolia bark tincture, dragonfruit gin, lemon, ginger syrup and pearl sake. Dani and the team also create new "seasonal prescriptions" at least four times a year to reflect the changing seasons and to reflect the mood of the city. “We draw inspiration from the seasons,” Dani says. “We incorporate different teas and herbs into our drinks, such as the cherry blossom-infused syrup that we make after harvesting blossoms in the neighbourhood. In winter we love using cinnamon, anise and immunity-boosting TCM herbs, and we’ll have hot drinks and our almond nog.”

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Vancouver's best craft cocktail bars

Vancouver's best craft cocktail bars

Tiny but stylish, this Chinatown bar has been distributing its “prescriptions” to those in need since 2009. Inspired by traditional apothecaries, these spiked tinctures are crafted to cure what ails you — and it’s not just the booze. Sourced from neighbourhood herbalists, these ingredients will amplify your mood and ease you into the evening.

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Best places to cheers with a beer in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Best places to cheers with a beer in Vancouver’s Chinatown

With a dark and lavish interior, The Keefer Bar on Keefer Street is a glamorous locale that’s perfect for a chic date. While The Keefer is renowned for their specialty cocktails, they also serve a wide selection of local and import beers to satisfy any taste. Go for a local favourite like Parallel 49’s Gypsy Tears Ruby Ale or try an Asian-style lager like a Lucky Buddha.

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Sip in style at Vancouver’s best speakeasy bars

Sip in style at Vancouver’s best speakeasy bars

When it’s time for cool cocktails in Chinatown, the Keefer Bar is the only address you need to know. Decked out to resemble a Chinese apothecary, this compact establishment exudes Asian cool. Owner and bartender Dani Tatarin plays pharmacist and dispenses top-quality cocktails with exotic ingredients to match the surroundings. Get your prescription filled with a Red Lantern (gin, Lillet Blanc, Cinzano, Maraschino, Angostura and ginseng) or a Dragon Fly (gin, dragonfruit, pearl sake, lemon, ginger syrup and magnolia bark tincture), or go for the popular rosemary gimlet, which is only $5 on Wednesdays!

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