A spiral staircase and opulent chandelier greet those who enter the Prohibition bar, unmarked from the street and covertly situated on a subterranean level of Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Open since February, there’s no shortage of spirits in the dimly lit space, which channels the sultry attitude of the Roaring Twenties with six types of absinthe on tap and a cocktail list organized by moods (“bold + high-spirited + contemplative”, for one). “Prohibition is really the final puzzle piece in Hotel Georgia’s development,” says head bartender Brad Stanton, who mixes up cocktails using house-made bitters and the best of the rest. A collection of rare American whiskies is another bar star, as is the black granite bar itself, which clocks in at a cool 12 metres in length.
July 17, 2015