At The Libra Room, if the bartender asks, "What's your sign?", it usually results in a cocktail, not a detailed presentation of your moon signs, relationship compatibility, and chances of dying in a coffee-grinding accident. The astrologically inspired restaurant creates martinis and cocktails designed specifically for each astrological sign—such as cognac and Grand Marnier for the sensitive and open Pisces and espresso vodka and white-chocolate martinis for discriminating Virgos. But The Libra Room is more than just a bar with cosmic libations. With live music seven nights a week, the music lounge and restaurant supports the local music scene, booking both budding musicians and Vancouver jazz greats such as John Korsrud, Wes Mackey, and Bruno Hubert. It also hosts major musical events, including the Vancouver Jazz Festival and New Music West festival.
Along with specialty cocktails and select wines, The Libra Room serves a menu packed with burgers, pizza, and other great bites for sharing, such as mussels and cheese platters. The colourful space combines the rustic charm of exposed-brick walls and wooden tables with the eclectic charm of large lava lamps and prismatic lights that illuminate the bar.
Chef Alistair Veen uses fresh, locally grown ingredients from Thiessen Farms, Pemberton Meadows, and Rossdown Farms as the building blocks of Tap Restaurant’s gourmet victuals. His approach to seasonal dining has earned praise from Surrey Now and Fraser Valley Pulse as well as a spot on OpenTable’s Best Food list. Visitors can peer into Tap Restaurant’s open kitchen to steal glances of chefs drizzling meats with exotic sauces and filling their chef hats with corncobs so they stand straight. Additionally, on Wednesday nights, guest musicians gently awaken aural senses with live acoustic sets.
As part of West Coast Tap House, West Coast Catering embraces its namesake's love of inventive, artfully prepared cuisine. Sourcing fresh ingredients and making each meal from scratch, the chefs craft dishes such as hearty mac and cheese and shepherd's pie, which can only be ordered by baaing into the phone.
Milo Bigler traces the origins of his passion for food to a childhood spent in the kitchens of his parents’ resort and spa in the tiny Swiss village where he grew up. He went on to pursue a culinary education, eventually winding up in Canada, where he has prepared meals for politicians and royalty. He has opened multiple restaurants, including Calvin’s Café in 1991.
At Calvin’s, Bigler prepares everything from breakfast platters to steak dinners. He crafts sandwiches, makes soups, and tosses salads, each with a tasty little twist thrown in. He enhances his spinach and goat cheese salad with pickled mustard seeds, and polka-dots his open-faced smoked salmon bagel with caper berries. To keep things interesting, he cooks completely different menus at different times of the day, offering unique morning, lunch, afternoon, and dinner menus.
Haely and Juhan Lindau had seemingly unrelated degrees in commerce and molecular biology. But they soon realized how complementary their backgrounds actually were to a career in winemaking and beer brewing. Armed with business and libation-crafting knowledge, the duo flung open the doors of Broadway Brewing and Winemaking in 1992, becoming the first on-premises winemaking shop in Vancouver. At the DIY winery, the owners and their knowledgeable staff guide students of all interests and skill levels through the process of making their own libations, assisting them in selecting the right supplies for home-brewing endeavours before giving them advice on what to do if beer starts drinking itself.
The staff at Lux Lounge has worked to create an atmosphere to live up to the restaurant's name. Guests sip on eight signature cocktails and local craft beers under the twinkling chandeliers lit by oversized skylights. The wait staff ferries about drinks and small plates by the fireplace inside, or the fountains on the covered patio outdoors. Inside the kitchen, cooks use their skills to jump from continent to continent, preparing perogy poppers filled with cheddar-jack cheese, thai-chili chicken bites, and Louisiana-style jambalaya. The dishes––which come on big and small plates––are followed by trios of cheesecake bites for a fitting finale.