Let’s start with the handcrafted cocktails, which are among the best in a city that is passionate about its cocktails. Choose either a classic or a new creation—you can’t go wrong. Can’t decide what you want? Then spin the wheel and the friendly staff will help you decide. There might even be one that involves fire. And then there’s the food, an international fusion of popular tastes, mostly sharable plates of, say, Korean barbecue chicken wings, Indian butter prawns, or pulled-pork croquettes. This is a fun, lively spot with a mostly young crowd, in a beautifully renovated heritage building. Amazing to think it was once a notorious dive known as the Dougie—now the cool young people perch on chic low-backed stools around a long marble-topped bar in a room with rich wooden paneling and soft, subtle lighting.
Veneto Tapa Lounge
Hotel Rialto, 1450 Douglas St
Our Rating Neighborhood Downtown Hours Daily 4pm–midnight Phone 250/383-7310 Prices Tapas C$12–C$18, main courses C$12–C$24 Cuisine Type Tapas/Fusion Web site Veneto Tapa Lounge
MapHotel Rialto, 1450 Douglas St Victoria
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