Photography by The Diamond
Words by Nikki Bayley on 19-Mar-2015
6 Powell Street, Vancouver , BC, Canada
Tel: +1 604 568 1701
Website: View bar's website
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Neatly solving the dilemma of where to go to start/end the evening in Gastown, The Diamond offers not just 1 but 2 bars within its exposed brick walls; climb the stairs and decide which. Two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows flood the main room with light, but as the sun sets it glows thanks to an ornate chandelier and flickering candles. Best seat in the summer is on the corner bar by the windows where you can people-watch the patios below. The back room known as the Happy Hour is a slender dive bar-like space, with a nightly rotating list of 6 drinks, which becomes packed with off-work industry types, Gastown locals and tourists looking for a party.
Known for their encyclopaedia-like knowledge of classics, and sizeable whisky, tequila and mezcal collections, the Diamond excels at boozy drinks, made fast and made well. Its list of 24 helpfully explains the style and origins of the drinks and glass style. There's a globally-inspired bar menu to soak up the booze. As the night progresses, it becomes an increasingly boisterous space, the music is loud and DJs play on Sundays and Wednesdays.