Van City is known for a lot of things, but foodies and cocktail connoisseurs love it for its unique twist on the cocktail scene. With so many Chinese and Pacific Rim restaurants throughout Vancouver, it's no secret that the you'll find unique, Chinese-inspired cocktails there, too. Here's where to go to find the best Chinese-inspired cocktails (and the food's not that bad, either):
This is where a speakeasy bar brings in the best Chinese Apothecary vibe, shares writer Alyssa Schwartz. Located in the Chinatown neighborhood, the Keefer Bar offers a classic cocktail menu with a Pacific twist. Try the Kalamansi Chili Sour, made with bourbon, Kalamansi chili simple syrup, lemon and egg white, or the Siamese Slipper, with gin, honeydew melon, green tea, dried kiwi and apple, absinthe, and lime.
This Chinese brasserie has a cocktail menu unlike any other: chrysanthemum-infused tequila? Chinese plum bitters? Lemongrass-infused shochu? Only a few of the amazing infusions you'll find on the list. Not a cocktail person? You'll be plenty happy with the internationally spanning craft beer, cider, and wine list. (And you might even like the food, too.)
No other hotel in Vancouver does cocktails (or sushi) quite this good. While the food stays mainly in the Pacific Rim, the cocktail menu expands worldwide, from Ireland's Jameson to Mexico's tequila. What we love? The Rose Fizz, with Hendrick's gin, rose water, lemon and cucumber, the Silver Age cocktail, with Noilly Prat, Lillet, St. Germain, and lemon.