in Gastown & Chinatown

A pilgrimage spot for gin fans. Head upstairs at this intimate mood-lit resto-bar and prepare for exquisite drinks that require serious savoring. There are several intriguing small-batch gins, available as top-notch G&Ts or lovingly crafted into delicious gin-based cocktails; try the tart West Coast Sour. There's also a food menu of seasonal dishes to distract you from the booze for a while.

If gin isn't your thing, there's a surprisingly good bottled-craft-beer array. And consider the weeknight happy hour (4:30-6pm) if you fancy a predinner tipple.