Where to enjoy a glass of wine in Kitsilano

In close proximity to one of the nation’s best wine regions, it’s no surprise that Kits is home to numerous restaurants catering to wine lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the work of an artisanal chef or just relaxing with friends after work, here are several spots to fill your glass in Kits. [Photo courtesy of Bishop's]

The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

2741 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1P9

Noted for an excellent selection of locally sourced food and beer, The Oakwood also has one of the most extensive wine lists in the neighbourhood. In keeping with their philosophy, the bulk of the selections are regional wines produced in B.C. Some are from celebrated local vineyards like Blue Mountain and Kettle Valley, but there are also bottles from lesser-known vintners like Dessert Hills and Averill Creek.

Novo Pizzeria & Wine Bar

2118 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6J 3H6

Since opening in 2011, Novo has been lauded for having some of the best and most authentic wood-fired pizzas in the city. Their dedication to quality doesn’t end with the food but carries over to a thoughtful wine list. Featuring nearly three dozen wines, mostly from B.C. and Italy, the restaurant offers plenty of options for complementing a meal or enjoying by the glass.

Fable Kitchens Ltd

1944 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5

Chef Trevor Bird came up with the name for this farm-to-table restaurant while he was competing on Top Chef Canada. With a menu that changes seasonally based on the availability of fresh local ingredients, Fable ranks as one of the best restaurants in the city, if not the entire country. Its dedication to local producers extends to the wine list with featured bottles from the Okanagan and Cowichan valleys as well as vineyards in the US Pacific Northwest.

Trattoria Italian Kitchen

1850 4th Avenue W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M3

Like all the other restaurants in the Glowbal Group’s collection, Trattoria maintains a focus on providing innovative and high quality fare in a modern and upscale setting. The menu offers a diverse range of both traditional and modern Italian fare, and runs the gamut from basic pastas to bespoke entrees and pizza. Guests will find a stellar line up of wines from both local and international producers, along with a knowledgeable staff to help pair a wine with your meal.

The Colony Pub

3255 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H5

A fairly recent addition to the Kitsilano bar scene, the Colony is a popular haunt for students as well as locals. They offer a couple of local reds and whites on tap and several wines by the glass. Savour your choice with a little entertainment throughout the week like music, live comedy and trivia nights. The Colony has happy hour from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on weeknights – so, grab an upholstered booth for comfort and order a bite to eat with your drink. How about chicken wings stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon? Such decadence!

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