British Columbia has some spectacular wine but it’s a secret that few outside the province know about. There’s a long list of wineries worth visiting and some superb wine bars: most, if not all, produce their own wines in-house or sell local wines. Here’s our guide to the best spots to enjoy a glass of vino in Vancouver.
Brix is an award-winning wine bar and restaurant hailed for its modern Canadian cuisine (which uses all local ingredients) and its excellent wine collection. Choose from over 60 wines by the glass or enjoy a bottle in this comfortable and innovative atmosphere.
Brix, 118 Homer St. Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, +1 604 915 9463
Adjacent to the Moda Hotel Lobby, this wine and cocktail bar is great place to relax with a glass of wine and get work done during the day, or to enjoy an after work cocktail. Try a reasonably priced wine flight like the Italian Tourist or the New Empire.
With its Italian and European flair and extensive drink menu, Bellaggio Wine Bar has become a destination restaurant and wine bar in Vancouver. Enjoy a glass or bottle of one of their local or worldwide wines on their patio, which boasts breathtaking harbor and mountain views. Pair your wine with a pizza: think everything from a capricciosa (ham, mushrooms, and artichokes) to pollo brie (chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and brie cheese).
Located downtown, this beautiful boutique winery produces and sells their own wine, made from grapes grown in the Okanagan Valley. Their wines can be tasted and purchased in-house at their wine bar, which has 36 wines on tap, including both Vancouver Urban Winery brands as well as other British Columbia wines. The food menu boasts dishes such as seared scallops with tomato and bacon jam; and yam gnocchi with lamb ragu and brown sage butter.
Vancouver Urban Winery, 55 Dunlevy Ave., Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 566 9463
Designed to appeal to the wine connoisseur and the novice wine aficionado alike, The Wine Bar is bistro-like, both comfortable and welcoming. The wine list has many French varieties and there is also a broad selection of British Columbia wines. Wines are specifically chosen to pair with their West Coast influenced Mediterranean-French fusion cuisine, with dishes such as bouillabaisse, wild mushroom ravioli, and chicken provençal.
The Wine Bar, 1167 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver, British Columbia, +1 604 681 4144 ext 8