Sticking around town this Labour Day long weekend? We’ve sleuthed around and found some noteworthy spots that are offering up sweet summer elixirs guaranteed to keep you satiated close to home. Check out any (or all) of these picks for drinks, or the full-meal deal this long weekend…
The Oakwood Canadian Bistro in Kitsilano
This recently-opened West Side spot offers a fresh, house-made take on gourmet comfort food using locally-sourced products based on market availability and sustainability. Open all weekend and located at 2741 West 4th Avenue in Kits.
The Keg Rooftop Patio
In the heart of Yaletown, this upscale, stunning patio guarantees great eats, a healthy dose of designer cocktails and plenty of people-watching. Park yourself at the expansive bar, relax and enjoy the last official days of summer in style. Located at 1011 Mainland Street.
The Keefer Bar (pictured above)
Head over to this happening hot spot this weekend and you’re guaranteed a good time. To sweeten the deal, they’re offering 25% off all bottles of wine on Sundays and brew specials on Mondays starting at 5pm.
Havana Gallery and Restaurant
Viva la vida en Havana…and make your way to 1212 Commercial Drive and discover Havana Gallery and Restaurant. This long-time, funked-up favourite offers an eclectic, Cuban-inspired setting perfectly suited to this diverse Vancouver neighbourhood. Great cocktails and an amazing Caribbean-style menu provide the perfect escape. Havana is open all weekend and located in the heart of the all the Commercial Drive action.
NU (Agean Cusina)
Tucked below the Granville Bridge in the heart of Yaletown is this gem. With both a chic lounge and elegant wrap-around patio overlooking the False Creek waterfront action, this spot hits the mark with Mediterranean cuisine and an extensive wine and cocktail list. Find them at 1661 Granville Street.
Rodney’s Oyster Bar
Always a guaranteed good time. Let the boys (and girls) at Rodney’s Oyster Bar in Yaletown satisfy your cocktail and crustacean cravings. Open all weekend; hang-over cure not included.
Get edu-macated by the cocktail Masters at Gastown’s The Diamond. Located in Maple Tree Square (and within stumbling distance of various other noteworthy spots), The Diamond is the perfect spot to stop by for a round of exquisitely-crafted cocktails. Find them at 6 Powell Street.
George Ultra Lounge
George in Yaletown, located at 1137 Hamilton Street, never disappoints. Arguably the first Vancouver establishment to commit to redefining cocktail culture, this space is worth checking out. Great music courtesy of guest DJs and plenty of mingling guarantee a notable night will be had by all.
The Ascot Lounge opened earlier this summer and offers Vancouverites a cozy NYC-style nook to escape to for classic British culinary fare and cocktails six days a week. Take advantage of the remaining days of the season and discover their quaint garden patio tucked out back. Visit them after 5pm until super late (closed Sunday though) at 420 West Pender Street.
Bridges Restaurant and Bar
Looking for a place to work on that tan in the waning last days of summer? Head over to Granville Island and park yourself for a few pints at the ever-popular (among locals and tourists alike) Bridges Restaurant and Bar. With an expansive waterfront patio, solid selection of drinks and plenty of locally-crafted beer on tap, this is a great way to unwind during the long weekend.