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Hello Goodbye Bar Vancouver | NYC Hidden Bars in Yaletown

Hello Goodbye Bar Vancouver | NYC Hidden Bars in Yaletown

[image_with_animation image_url="15459" animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self"] Hello Beautiful! So nice to meet you tonight. Where have you been? You were KillJoy before but now you are Hello Goodbye Bar. Locate it on 1120 Hamilton Street. Hello Goodbye reminds me of the hidden bars in the Big Apple…
Mosquito Gastown Vancouver | Dessert & Champagne Lounge

Mosquito Gastown Vancouver | Dessert & Champagne Lounge

[image_with_animation image_url="11032" animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self"][image_with_animation image_url="11039" animation="Fade In" img_link_target="_self"] Mosquito Gastown Vancouver is a new dessert and champagne lounge. Mosquito is an upscale, sexy restaurant dedicated to desserts, cocktails and charcuterie. Mosquito is located where the old Oak + Fort location is just outside of Blood…
The Diamond Vancouver | Gastown Cocktails, Happy Hour & Night cap

The Diamond Vancouver | Gastown Cocktails, Happy Hour & Night cap

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Vancouver is located on the second floor at Maple Tree Square in Gastown. It is kiddie corner to Six Acres, Chill Winston and L’abattoir. The Diamond is a great place for cocktails, happy hour and night cap. The Diamond, co-owner Josh Pape also owns Wildebeest with co-owner James Iranzad. Josh Pape was a bartender at Chambar previously and James Iranzad owns Abigail’s Party and Cartel Taco.

 

The ambiance at The Diamond is cozy and has an old school vibe with brass, brick wall and aged windows. Cocktails and highballs are skillfully handcrafted and there is a good selection of wine and beer.

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

I welcome Absinthe, Campari, Vermout, and Bourbon during Happy Hour (on a Tuesday that feels like another Monday. Though the drinks are wonderful, though I can’t seem to say the same about the food. We ordered an assortment of Prawn ceviche, four cheese dip and some hand-cut salsa and chips. All seemed very standard, bland and felt more from a branded jar at your local grocery store. French Fries are missing from the menu and would be a great additional – especially with some homemade ketchup! Nonetheless, nothing a great tasting Bicicletta or Moscow Mule can’t forgive.

 

 

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

Bicicletta #2 $10: Campari, Italian Vermouth, Gerwurztraminer, Grapefruit Twist. A boozy drink semi bitter but delicious. I do like an Old Fashioned finish from time to time.

 

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Moscow Mule $15: lime juice, vodka, ginger beer. The Diamond uses premium Absolut Vodka hence the slap in price tag. This is a perfect summer drink. It can be easily made at home too with this simple Moscow Mule Recipe.  I also recommend the Isabella: sparkling wine, mango and ginger basil. Or the Penicillin.

 

 

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

Tricycle Grapefruit Radler: Try this sweet / sour combination of a Radler from Parallel 49 Brewing Co. Pours a cloudy peach color with bittersweet profiles of grapefruit and less apparent beer lager base. Surely I could polish a few without feeling like I’m drinking booze. 3.0% alcohol slightly more than my favorite Grapefruit Stiegl Radler.

 

 

The Diamond Gastown Vancouver Cocktails Supper

 

After a few drinks, are you grammatically correct? Cheers to a good night!

 

 

 

The Diamond – Cocktails & Supper
URL: di6mond.com
Cuisine: Lounges, Bar, Mexican
Hours

Mon Closed
Tue 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Wed 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Thu 5:30 pm – 1:00 am
Fri 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sat 5:30 pm – 2:00 am
Sun 5:30 pm – 12:00 am

 

 

6 Powell St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1E7
(604) 568-8272

Salt Tasting Room Vancouver (Gastown)

Salt Tasting Room Vancouver (Gastown)

  In back alleys of Gastown Blood Alley there is a hip little joint called the Salt Tasting Room Vancouver. Here it is obligatory to sample a few flights of wine over great conversation with old and new friends. It is the perfect after work happy…

Reflections Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

Reflections Lounge at Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver (Downtown)

  Reflections lounge is located at the darlings of Rosewood Hotel Georgia on the 4th floor sky patio. It is home to Hawksworth Restaurant – where you want to stay for brunch and dinner and fastfoward the clock to the after-party.     There is a certain…

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong | Hookah in Central

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong | Hookah in Central

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong Nomss.com Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle

Ilan Cafe Bar (formerly Jem Bar and Lounge), is a chic relaxed bar in the hoods of LKF (Lan Kwai Fong) in Central, Hong Kong. We stumbled here on a quite Monday night (God, how great it is to be on vacation), late after dinner. Normally, we’re told they have live acoustic music here.

 

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong Nomss.com Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle

The streets were quite and we were thankful for being able to sit down, enjoy a hookah (or three) without being rushed, pushed, or bulldozed over.

 

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A glass of Riesling always goes well during those hot summer January

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong Nomss.com Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle

Ilan Cafe Bar Hong Kong Nomss.com Delicious Food Photography Healthy Travel Lifestyle

Green apple is always a crowd favorite for some water pipe action.
ILAN

 

Don’t forget to check-in with Foursquare to unlock a free shooter.

Another great place for great scenery and hookah is at Vibes, at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel.

 

 

Ilan Cafe Bar
URL: http://ilanhk.com/
Cuisine: Bar, Hookah
Hours
Mon – Thu: 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Fri: 5:00 pm – 3:00 am
Sat: 7:00 pm – 3:00 am

 

 

8 Wo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong (D’Aguilar Street) | 香港中環蘭桂坊和安里8號地下
Central, Hong Kong
+852 2521 8585

 

 

 

 



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Vibes The Mira Hong Kong Hotel |  美麗華酒店 Tsim Sha Tsui

Vibes The Mira Hong Kong Hotel | 美麗華酒店 Tsim Sha Tsui

  Vibes at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel is one sexiest hookah / shisha lounge I have ever been to in a while. The rooftop patio space is gorgeous outside the 5th floor courtyard with a lush outdoor foliage. I love the garden, fire pit…

Bard and Banker Victoria (Downtown)

Bard and Banker Victoria (Downtown)

    Bard and Banker Victoria, BC has an interesting history since it first opened in 1862 as the Bank of British Columbia until 1988. Robert Service emerged as an notable employee and wrote poems such as The Cremation of Sam McGee, etc. Although you may not care for…

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland, Oregon

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POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

6:45: we just arrived at Pok Pok Portland, I asked Nancy if it was jam action PACKED with people waiting for a table, what should we do? She answered, we’ll wait… It better be good…

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

6:50: I’m in a pretty good mood, there’s a bit of a wait… 1.5-2 hours. Should be sooner than expected. At least they have a bar (Whiskey Soda Lounge Portland) across the street, which serves the same Ike Vietnamese Chicken Wings as Pok Pok. Looking forward to it.

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

7:15: Ordered viet coffee, it’s weaksauce but that’s ok… There was more ice than actual coffee. Not the best caffine if you need to stay awake! They are probably better with cocktails. The “drinking vinegars“ was pretty good… I guess… If you like lychee syrup. Please stir vigorously to mix the saturated sugar.

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Plaa Lek Thawt Krob 3: Deep fried dried anchovies with sri racha sauce. I wasn’t expecting much of these little fishies. I wasn’t even expecting them to be small. But seriously, TINY is an understatement. I can easily buy a pound bag of these in Chinatown for less.

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (regular or spicy) 12.50: Same wings as the infamous chicken wings across the street at Pok Pok. We ordered spicy. So what is the big deal or the hype anyways? Basically some wings marinated in fish sauce, heavy soy, very salty that is charred and even slightly dry. I can’t believe we waited for 2 hours to try this. FML

 

 

 

8:15: We tried to inquire about the status of our table. Our server was rude and told us, “it says 1.5-2 hours, just wait!” We drove for all this way from Vancouver for 6 hours, reading reviews it was good, waited for this long… we debated whether we should call it quits and leave. Alas, we stayed till the bitter end.

 

 

 

8:30: Servers came by repeatedly asking if we were still working on the wings and want to kick us out. It’s windy and cold and the place wasn’t packed. Clearly I am not in the position to wait outside for my table across the street to clear up.

 

 

 

8:50: it is 2 hours, we were about to leave. Grab pho or McDonald’s for all I cared. Another server came by and told us our table was ready. Our wait was not 1.5 – 2 hours. Please gauge using the longest time on the slip!

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Kudos, for Pok Pok Portland to utilize a bar location across the street to lock in customers. Once you’re in so deep, you do wonder if it’s worth it to leave or just to tough it out. I’ve learnt my lesson, to move on… Sometimes it’s simply not worth it.

 

 

 

POK POK WHISKEY SODA LOUNGE PORTLAND

 

 

 

Whiskey Soda Lounge was alright on its own. Not the best, but I suppose it’s a swanky place for the area it is in. Havana (Commercial Drive) or The Union Bar (Chinatown Strathcona) in Vancouver beats this any day!!

 

 

Now let’s see if Pok Pok Portland PDX lives up to its name. We heard this restaurant Pok Pok is one of the best in town. (Actually there’s another in NYC too)

We are waiting for a table and it’ll take 2 hours… We are tired, starving but we Nancy is dedicated to try. If Pok Pok disappointed, I’m going to be so chocked, I might flip the table.

 
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3131 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-0102
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Georges At The Cove San Diego California (La Jolla) | Best Patio View and Burgers

Georges At The Cove San Diego California (La Jolla) | Best Patio View and Burgers

    What does one think of when you travel to San Diego? When I was there recently all I could think of was all the attractions – Legoland (be sure to try Granny’s Apple Fries), Sea World , San Diego Zoo, USS Midway Aircraft Carrier…