Places to sip vino in Vancouver
Vancouver boasts some nice places to enjoy good wine but some of them are a bit sleepy when I’m there which makes me think people just don’t go off the beaten path much so I’d like to share a few favorites. Most of these establishments don’t have extensive wine lists but, if you enjoy a thoughtful wine selection in a less kid-friendly environment, you should find some new spots in this line up.
Brewed Happy hours: Considered their ‘after 5pm menu’ that goes until 10pm
Why I like it: This place is a bright, inviting whole-in-the-wall and the wines are chosen by the owners who are happy to tell you about every bottle they offer
Charlie’s Bistro Happy hours: 3-6pm and after 9pm
Why I like it: I particularly enjoy the bar seating because the bartenders are knowledgeable and friendly but not imposing, outdoor summer seating in the courtyard, healthier options on their happy hour menu, live music on Friday nights from 7-9pm (times can vary)
Hudson’s Bar & Grill inside the Heathman Lodge Happy hours: 4-6pm daily
Why I like it: Intimate setting, varied and healthier happy hour menu, near Westfield Shopping Center but tucked into a quiet area
Latte Da Coffee House & Wine Bar – Happy hours 4-6pm
Why I like it: This place feels more coffee house-focused by they do have a thoughtful selection of local wines. Additionally, they have a fantastic outdoor space that is underused every time I’m there. It’s also in an old house which just feels cozy. The downside is they serve their wine in stemless glasses so I don’t order white wines here but I’m a bigger fan of reds anyway.
Why I like it: Ok, this place can actually have a lot of kids running around because they’re big on a family atmosphere and it’s rarely ‘sleepy’ but it’s still one of my top places to enjoy local wine in Clark County. Jeremy and Heather have strived for several years to create a warm, inviting space and they must be doing something right because they consistently have only a few wines to choose from. Last night they had two reds but their Bicyclette Rouge paired perfectly with the sweet, soft voice of Ashley Jhaveri. An added bonus: Vintner’s Hours are 4:30-6:30pm every Thursday when their wines are $3 per glass