Best spots for a glass of wine in downtown Vancouver

Whether you’re watching the sun go down at False Creek, killing time before a Canucks game or looking to unwind after a hard day’s work, wine is the way to go. These restaurants and wine bars offer an unbeatable combination of food, wine and atmosphere in downtown Vancouver. [Image courtesy of Chambar/Ema Peter]

Chambar Restaurant

1
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

There are a few things you should know before grabbing a glass of wine at Chambar. First, the owners are passionate about giving back to their community. Second, they try to operate their business as green and as ethical as possible. To see this happen in real time, you’ll get your wine in an eco-friendly glass that’s washed in eco-friendly soap.

Gallery Cafe & Catering

2
750 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7

Give your cultural side a huge boost by combining fine art and quality wine at this cute café on top of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Surrounded by enough plants and flowers to make up a little garden, it’s the perfect place to savour the best of local food and wine. There are imported wines from Italy and Argentina as well as local B.C. offerings.

Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge

3
845 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1V1

Your glass of B.C. red or white will perfectly accompany the soft sounds of live piano music playing at Bacchus. The restaurant makes it their top priority to select the best wines from around the world, while always keeping with the theme of the current menu. If you need further proof about how seriously they take their wine here, just look at the walls where there are paintings of the god of wine himself.

Yew Restaurant & Bar

4
791 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4

Yew's got that laidback, West Coast vibe down pat, with tall ceilings, modern decor and a passionate team of staff. The wine list tends to change according to season and availability – just like the food menu – so keep an open mind and let your taste buds lead the way.

Scoozis

5
445 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2X6

It’s rare to find a restaurant so comfortable you feel like you opened it yourself, but that’s always the vibe at Scoozis. A lot of it has to do with Mr. Scoozi himself, the owner, who’ll often seat you and chat about how your day is going. And, if it’s late enough, he or his wife just may join you for a glass of wine. The list is small, but carefully curated to include samplings from all over the world.

1927 Lobby Lounge

6
801 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

You don’t have to be a guest of the Rosewood Hotel to enjoy a glass of wine here – just saunter in and order. As you sit in the sophisticated lounge, order a plate of oysters with your wine and check out the decor details that make the inside look like it’s still 1927.

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