1115 Granville Street, Vancouver
Advice: Don’t be afraid to experiment on what goes in your cocktail, if what you desire is not on the cocktail menu, ask the bartenders to make your creation.
Mixing cocktails is an art and The Refinery is all about creating unique and creative cocktails. This is the house of champions, lead by Lauren Mote who has created a stellar cocktail list she is constantly creating more and more unique cocktails. The focus here is not only on the cocktails but also on charcuterie and desserts. The menu here is divided into small ‘mezze’ plates and share platters, I have been a few times and have tried a variety of their favourites including the White Bean and Truffle Hummus ($7) toasted bread, pine nuts, truffle oil; and the Flat Bread ($18) Smoked salmon, pickled red onions, lemon herbed cream cheese, fried capers, frizze, lemon; and another Flat Bread ($16) Red wine poached pear, stilton, walnuts. The Refinery is done up by the sample people who own the downstairs eatery Sip. End off your meal or start off your meal with one of their delicious desserts with or without a cocktail. On my last visit I had the Hazelnut Crème Brulee ($9) with chocolate sea salt biscotti along with The Bean a cocktail that Lauren was inspired to make by one of my suggestions of using Espresso and Cocoa Nibs in a cocktail, she did even better and used two different espresso beans from two local roasters and mixed in French organic cocoa nibs along with a few other special ingredients and this was a wonderful treat. The Refinery is a great spot to go to before or after a concert or a movie on the Granville Entertainment strip.
Review by: Richard Wolak