Vancouver’s most romantic wine bars

Looking for the perfect date night? Why not visit one of Vancouver’s top wine bars with your loved one. From secret alleyway locations to 1920s prohibition-style bars, these seven locales offer a memorable experience in addition to delicious, world-class wines. [Photo courtesy of Salt Tasting Room]

Salt Tasting Room

1
45 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver, BC V6B 1C7

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.

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

2
900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9

Unlike most others in Vancouver, Moda Hotel’s wine bar doubles as a breakfast and brunch spot during the day. But as the sun goes down, UVA transforms into a lively and laidback evening hangout ideal for after-work drinks, dates and catch-ups with friends. Italian-style sharing plates such as arancini (crispy risotto balls), antipasti boards and steamed mussels are perfect accompaniments to international and local wines amidst tasteful European decor.

Wildebeest Restaurant

3
A-120 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8

If you love meat, and adore wine, combine your passions at Wildebeest, a late-night eatery that’s easily intimate enough to pass for a wine bar any night of the week. Specializing in quality, organic meats, Wildebeest’s charcuterie board is a must-have, with smoked and cured meats (locally sourced where possible), hard and soft cheeses, and seasonal accompaniments such as dried figs or house-made condiments. An incredible wine list offers more than 70 varieties, depending on the season.

Chambar Restaurant

4
568 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2L3

With three Michelin stars, Chambar is arguably Vancouver’s most acclaimed fine-dining establishment – but that doesn’t mean you can’t relax here with a glass of vino on a Tuesday evening (and you should). Simply ask for a seat at the bar or patio, and enjoy the seasonal cheese or charcuterie plate (or both) with a wine pairing from trained staff. It’s a casual yet très chic experience, all in the heart of Vancouver’s downtown core.

City Side Winery

5
328 2nd Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1C8

Olympic Village’s latest attraction is so much more than a winery. City Side offers innovative, in-house wines by the bottle, case and by the glass, along with charcuterie and cheese boards, flatbreads and other shared plates in their modern tasting room with stunning False Creek views. Communal tables invite conversations between friends and strangers alike, while a DJ booth adds an underground feel to the otherwise posh scene.

Vancouver Urban Winery

6
55 Dunlevy Ave, Vancouver, BC V6A 3A3

Railtown’s resident winery’s taps flow with more than 30 different wines – some in-house brands, and others hailing from throughout the province. Known for their educated staff as much as their artfully shabby-chic decor, this boutique winery shares space with Belgard Kitchen and Postmark Brewing in the historic Settlement Building, which means their tasting room triples as an all-purpose pub; one can order wines by the glass as well as craft beer, brunch, lunch and dinner, all under one roof.

Prohibition

7
801 Georgia St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

Hotel Georgia’s stylish prohibition-era bar will transport you back to the Roaring Twenties with retro-posh decor, live entertainment and sophisticated detailing – right down to the bartenders’ bowties. Think: underground speakeasy, minus the rule-breaking factor but with all of the rush and excitement. Order cocktails with house-made bitters or opt for wine only, choosing from a menu of local and international labels.

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