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18 Spring Cocktails to Drink Right Now in Vancouver

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Let out a mighty cheer and make for one (or two, or more) of these 18 splendid establishments who have just released their spring cocktail lists- all bursting with bright, zesty new season flavours. What's on the map? Floral gin concoctions, fresh-pressed beet juice and tequila, plus a decidedly grown-up slushie - oh, and an aquarium pump. Raise your glasses and please tip your bartenders; here now -in no particular order- Vancouver's 18 must-drink spring cocktails for 2014.
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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. West Restaurant + Bar

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2881 Granville St, Vancouver
BC V6H 3J4, Canada
(604) 738-8938
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West's David Wolowidnyk's new spring list includes the aromatic and deliciously floral Out of This World made with Bombay Sapphire gin, orgeat syrup (almond), Ume plum wine and lime juice misted with orange flower.

2. La Mezcaleria

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1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y4, Canada
(604) 559-8226
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Kelly Woods has created the Montego Sling to celebrate spring: packed with Flor de Cana rum and Campari, made fruity with pineapple and orange, and bright with house-made mango ginger shrub and Ginger beer this is essentially sunshine in a glass.

3. Merchant's Oyster Bar

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1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y2, Canada
If you're a beer fan and you're feeling left out of the cocktail map- never fear - Merchant's has a drink for you: the Caipir'azzi, a cunning twist on the Caipirinha but with the addition of a judicious pour of Parallel 49 Hopparazzi India Pale Lager.

4. Odd Society Spirits

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1725 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H6, Canada
(604) 559-6745
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Drop by to the tasting room to try new Odd Society bartender Matt Cooke's Modern Hound, a zingy blend of East Van Vodka, grapefruit, jasmine syrup with lime, and rhubarb bitters.

5. Upstairs at Campagnolo

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1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada
(604) 484-6018
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Sure, you're sneaking Upstairs to scarf down a Dirty Burger, but you'll likely stay to savour bar manager Peter Van de Reep's Rhubarb Gimlet, made with Broker's Gin and home-made Glorious Organics rhubarb puree which highlights the tart and earthy flavors of rhubarb.

6. Keefer Bar

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135 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1X3, Canada
(604) 688-1961
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Celebrating spring with a light twist on the eternal classic, Dani Tatarin has whipped up the Sazerac Sour; Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Lemon, Peychauds Bitters Syrup and aromatized Absinthe to finish the drink.

7. Bambudda

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99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1E9, Canada
(604) 428-0301
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Eater Young Gun semi-finalist Buck Friend, is using an aquarium pump to create the hibiscus-flavoured bubbles in his latest off-beat creation, the Bubble Tea; a mad scientist blend of gin and Blue Curacao with refreshing lemon, rhubarb bitters and green tea liqueur topped with wobbly floral-scented bubbles.

8. Clough Club

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212 Abbott St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1B2, Canada
(604) 558-1581
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Bartender-About-Town Donnie Wheeler is shaking up The Lookout which blends Havana Rum with muddled pineapple, honey syrup and spice with grapefruit soda.

9. The Blacktail Florist

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322 Water St, Vancouver
BC, Canada
There's no name for this zesty spring number from Connor Gotowiec but you can have this blackberry shrub-based delight as a gin or aquavit drink. The straw is a stem of lovage, tangy apple cider vinegar makes it perfect for the new season and the fennel garnish smells truly delicious.

10. Wildebeest

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120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada
(604) 687-6880
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Behold! The taste of all good things to come, the Beach House slushie, churned with Vodka, Aperol, bianco vermouth, ginger, grapefruit and rhubarb. Dangerously delicious.

11. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

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1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada
(604) 688-8078
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Dive into talented bar manager Evelyn Chick's herbacious Spring on First Avenue at Blue Water Cafe with Don Julio blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and tarragon honey syrup and fresh-pressed red beet juice. With those ingredients you can even pretend that it's a healthy option.

12. Uva Wine Bar

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900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada
(604) 632-9560
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Lauren Mote and team are shaking up a floral delight called the Canary; Chamomile Flowers-influenced Vodka, Aperol, Lillet, Lemon, Peach Syrup, Clingstone Peach Bitters, shaken and topped with Prosecco.

13. YEW seafood + bar

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791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada
(604) 692-4939
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A tad pricey at $17, but the Hwy 99 packs a powerful punch. This month's 100 Mile Cocktail from YEW combines Vancouver’s own Long Table Gin with local blueberries, cranberries, Honeybee Centre honey, a splash of Venturi Shultz balsamic vinegar and R&B Brewing East Side Bitters.

14. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

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905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada
(604) 899-4456
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Jay Jones, our Bartender of the Year is a massive Star Wars fan, thoroughly excited by May 4th he's created The Last Jedi which blends Beefeater gin with midori and maraschino for a floral melon-y nose and a refreshing acididty and spice in the finish: "With Episode VI production activity ramping up in Vancouver, the Force is starting to be felt everywhere...Colour design is inspired by Luke Skywalker's green crystal lightsaber blade in Return of the Jedi."

15. Grain Tasting Bar

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655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2R7, Canada
(604) 639-4771
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Keeping it local (and pleasingly retro) try a Purple Rain with Vancouver's own Long Table gin and Bittered Sling plum and root beer bitters mixed with fresh basil, blackberries and pineapple juice.

16. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
BC V6E 3V5, Canada
(604) 669-1940
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Brand new on Joe's spring cocktail list, the Blackberry Treasure which blends Cazadores blanco, cassis and maraschino liqueur with fresh blackberries and lemon and orange bitters for a fruity taste of the season.

17. Buck Stop

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833 Denman, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L7, Canada
(604) 428-2528
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Like drinking in a spring flower meadow, Buck Stop's Painted Lady combines Tanqueray Gin, Elderflower, Scrappys lavender bitters, rosewater, lemon juice and egg white. Light, bright - and just the thing to pair with a Half Stop barbecue pig-out session.

18. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

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871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada
(604) 608-1677
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One of our favourite West End Izakayas has a cava-loving chef who's put a air of sparkling spring cocktails on the menu. Try the Yuzu Lime Gelato Mimosa with Cava for a citrus fresh hit.

1. West Restaurant + Bar

2881 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J4, Canada
West's David Wolowidnyk's new spring list includes the aromatic and deliciously floral Out of This World made with Bombay Sapphire gin, orgeat syrup (almond), Ume plum wine and lime juice misted with orange flower.
2881 Granville St, Vancouver
BC V6H 3J4, Canada

2. La Mezcaleria

1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y4, Canada
Kelly Woods has created the Montego Sling to celebrate spring: packed with Flor de Cana rum and Campari, made fruity with pineapple and orange, and bright with house-made mango ginger shrub and Ginger beer this is essentially sunshine in a glass.
1622 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y4, Canada

3. Merchant's Oyster Bar

1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y2, Canada
If you're a beer fan and you're feeling left out of the cocktail map- never fear - Merchant's has a drink for you: the Caipir'azzi, a cunning twist on the Caipirinha but with the addition of a judicious pour of Parallel 49 Hopparazzi India Pale Lager.
1590 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
BC V5L 3Y2, Canada

4. Odd Society Spirits

1725 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V5L 1H6, Canada
Drop by to the tasting room to try new Odd Society bartender Matt Cooke's Modern Hound, a zingy blend of East Van Vodka, grapefruit, jasmine syrup with lime, and rhubarb bitters.
1725 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V5L 1H6, Canada

5. Upstairs at Campagnolo

1020 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W1, Canada
Sure, you're sneaking Upstairs to scarf down a Dirty Burger, but you'll likely stay to savour bar manager Peter Van de Reep's Rhubarb Gimlet, made with Broker's Gin and home-made Glorious Organics rhubarb puree which highlights the tart and earthy flavors of rhubarb.
1020 Main St, Vancouver
BC V6A 2W1, Canada

6. Keefer Bar

135 Keefer St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1X3, Canada
Celebrating spring with a light twist on the eternal classic, Dani Tatarin has whipped up the Sazerac Sour; Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Lemon, Peychauds Bitters Syrup and aromatized Absinthe to finish the drink.
135 Keefer St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1X3, Canada

7. Bambudda

99 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1E9, Canada
Eater Young Gun semi-finalist Buck Friend, is using an aquarium pump to create the hibiscus-flavoured bubbles in his latest off-beat creation, the Bubble Tea; a mad scientist blend of gin and Blue Curacao with refreshing lemon, rhubarb bitters and green tea liqueur topped with wobbly floral-scented bubbles.
99 Powell St, Vancouver
BC V6A 1E9, Canada

8. Clough Club

212 Abbott St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, Canada
Bartender-About-Town Donnie Wheeler is shaking up The Lookout which blends Havana Rum with muddled pineapple, honey syrup and spice with grapefruit soda.
212 Abbott St., Vancouver
BC V6B 1B2, Canada

9. The Blacktail Florist

322 Water St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
There's no name for this zesty spring number from Connor Gotowiec but you can have this blackberry shrub-based delight as a gin or aquavit drink. The straw is a stem of lovage, tangy apple cider vinegar makes it perfect for the new season and the fennel garnish smells truly delicious.
322 Water St, Vancouver
BC, Canada

10. Wildebeest

120 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8, Canada
Behold! The taste of all good things to come, the Beach House slushie, churned with Vodka, Aperol, bianco vermouth, ginger, grapefruit and rhubarb. Dangerously delicious.
120 W Hastings St, Vancouver
BC V6B 1G8, Canada

11. Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar

1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4, Canada
Dive into talented bar manager Evelyn Chick's herbacious Spring on First Avenue at Blue Water Cafe with Don Julio blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and tarragon honey syrup and fresh-pressed red beet juice. With those ingredients you can even pretend that it's a healthy option.
1095 Hamilton St, Vancouver
BC V6B 5T4, Canada

12. Uva Wine Bar

900 Seymour St., Vancouver, BC V6B 2L9, Canada
Lauren Mote and team are shaking up a floral delight called the Canary; Chamomile Flowers-influenced Vodka, Aperol, Lillet, Lemon, Peach Syrup, Clingstone Peach Bitters, shaken and topped with Prosecco.
900 Seymour St., Vancouver
BC V6B 2L9, Canada

13. YEW seafood + bar

791 West Georgia St., Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
A tad pricey at $17, but the Hwy 99 packs a powerful punch. This month's 100 Mile Cocktail from YEW combines Vancouver’s own Long Table Gin with local blueberries, cranberries, Honeybee Centre honey, a splash of Venturi Shultz balsamic vinegar and R&B Brewing East Side Bitters.
791 West Georgia St., Vancouver
BC V6C 2T4, Canada

14. The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2E8, Canada
Jay Jones, our Bartender of the Year is a massive Star Wars fan, thoroughly excited by May 4th he's created The Last Jedi which blends Beefeater gin with midori and maraschino for a floral melon-y nose and a refreshing acididty and spice in the finish: "With Episode VI production activity ramping up in Vancouver, the Force is starting to be felt everywhere...Colour design is inspired by Luke Skywalker's green crystal lightsaber blade in Return of the Jedi."
905 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2E8, Canada

15. Grain Tasting Bar

655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada
Keeping it local (and pleasingly retro) try a Purple Rain with Vancouver's own Long Table gin and Bittered Sling plum and root beer bitters mixed with fresh basil, blackberries and pineapple juice.
655 Burrard St, Vancouver
BC V6C 2R7, Canada

16. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Brand new on Joe's spring cocktail list, the Blackberry Treasure which blends Cazadores blanco, cassis and maraschino liqueur with fresh blackberries and lemon and orange bitters for a fruity taste of the season.
777 Thurlow St, Vancouver
BC V6E 3V5, Canada

17. Buck Stop

833 Denman, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L7, Canada
Like drinking in a spring flower meadow, Buck Stop's Painted Lady combines Tanqueray Gin, Elderflower, Scrappys lavender bitters, rosewater, lemon juice and egg white. Light, bright - and just the thing to pair with a Half Stop barbecue pig-out session.
833 Denman, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L7, Canada

18. Kingyo Izakaya 金魚居酒屋

871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G 2L9, Canada
One of our favourite West End Izakayas has a cava-loving chef who's put a air of sparkling spring cocktails on the menu. Try the Yuzu Lime Gelato Mimosa with Cava for a citrus fresh hit.
871 Denman St, Vancouver
BC V6G 2L9, Canada