We were in the city to attend a Vancouver symphony concert at the wonderfully-restored Orpheum Theatre. Uva Wine Bar is literally kitty-corner from the Orpheum and we luckily found a window table for two shortly after 6:00 p.m., well before the pre-concert rush began in earnest - and they were turning people away after 7:00 p.m.
I'll be the first to admit that it's not a cheap place. It's a wine bar and liquor prices in British Columbia are higher than many other places in the world, since the booze business is a profitable government monopoly. We were paying for a great location and ambiance.
The bar sells a variety of cocktails, including a "pre-prohibition" selection of drinks we hadn't even heard of. The bartender appears to be mixing them "from scratch" and they were tempting but we decided to stick with wine.
With nearly two hours to linger before the concert, we decided on a bottle of wine (not much under $50 for anything), rather than by-the-glass at around $12 and up. The friendly waitress let us taste a sample of her first suggestion and it didn't thrill us. After discussion, we tried another - more to our liking and a few bucks less to boot.
Having eaten our way through a dim sum lunch in Chinatown, all we wanted were small-plate appetizers, and the menu here includes such goodies as "arancini"- crispy risotto balls - and "panelle"- crispy chickpea fritters. Nothing was really "Wow" but everything was tasty.
We really enjoyed the atmosphere and the pleasant service. Be warned: Our check for a bottle wine and three small plates of appetizers was about $100. Don't go there looking for bargains.
For us, however, it made for a lovely prelude to an evening at the symphony, and we'll return.
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