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Details: West

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Style:
DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
Cost:
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
Food:
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
Reservations:
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
West
2881 Granville Street (@ 13th)
Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4
Canada

CLASSY - $$$$ - EAT -
604 738 8938
http://www.westrestaurant.com/

The best bars in Vancouver are found in fine restaurants and hotels. West is an upscale restaurant with my favourite bar in Vancouver. A seat at the bar is ideal for a couple of reasons: astronomic food prices, and face time with one of the best bartenders in the city, if not the country.
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 I've visited on an off night (Wednesday) a couple of times now, and I've been surprised by the service, the quality of drink, and (somewhat surprisingly) the value of the drinks at west both times.  The service from both the Bar Manager (David) and from the other bartenders has been extraordinary, and they love to talk shop when you show a little interest.  They combine the best aspects of culinary prowess(or mixology prowess, if you must), personality and showmanship into one of the most enjoyable bar experiences I've ever had.  To top it off, the drinks are some of the best I have ever had. 

Their back bar looks like most upscale american bars.  In a region with liquor laws that are very restrictive, this is quite a feat.  The fact that one can order a Rittenhouse Manhattan here in Vancouver make the bar at West stand out.  

My usual orders for a cocktail bar are an Aviation, Martinex, or Hanky Panky.  I've had an Aviation and Martinez here.  Well, two Aviations, since they were the best I've had.  Ever. 

Prices are normally $10 - $12, which is average for Canada, and a great value quality-wise.  Some as high as $15, but I believe those contained cognac, which is generally at least double the price it is in the US.

 

 

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