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Hippest place to eat in Vancouver?

1. The Alibi Room, best beer list in the province; casual; ideal for large parties and bday's. Plus, move downstairs to the lounge after eats for dj's and mingling.
2. The Cascade, best cocktail list in the city; also casual and ideal for large parties; new and on main st., therefore super 'cool".
3. Gudrun Tasting Room, "Steveston's hidden gem", though not in the city this place is ultra "cool" as it just opened and looks stunning. Great cheese and charcuteries platters for sharing.

Hope this helps.

Alibi Room, Gastown, Vancouver

From someone who has lived closely to the Alibi Room for many years, I can tell you that it has really come a long way in the last year or so. While the location and architecture has always made this spot an attractive hangout for any occasion, the new owners (two young industry vets) have taken a welcome gamble to transform the Alibi into a beer parlor with 20 or so unique local brews on tap and high quality pub food to match. The wait staff are also quite knowledgeable and can be trusted in making recommendations. The last time I was here, their was a Saison, Barley Wine, and an Oud Bruin (beer geek stuff) all on tap! Highly recommended.

Gudrun tasting bar - Richmond, BC

Though the concept of a wine, cheese, & charcuterie "tasting bar" isn't so new in Vancouver, it IS a welcome addition to Steveston. While the rest of this former fishing village continues to satisfy very dull appetites (Tapinade and Oshiro are the obvious exceptions), along comes an uber hip joint with a slick and knowledgeable wait staff. I especially like all the organic artisan wines and import beer selection. This is the standout wine bar in Steveston right now. Fun fun fun!