History seeps through the walls at L'Abattoir in Vancouver, a striking restaurant and bar housed in a revamped 19th-century brick building that flanks Blood Alley, the city's former meatpacking and butchery district (hence the name). Marked by exposed brick, bold geometric tile floors and a sleek wooden bar, the Gastown gem was also formerly Vancouver's first jail. As a small 8-seat restaurant bar, the cocktail programme punches above its weight with housemade tinctures and unconventional ingredients like avocado pit and oat orgeat, plus a section of ;reserve' cocktails that feature special interpretations of classics, made with vintage, rare and premium spirits. Key in on the house vintages - that is, longstanding favorites invented by former staff members - like the Avocado Gimlet or Gastown Swizzle, for a taste of what has made the bar so beloved by the city since it opened in 2010. Bar seats are first come, first served.
217 Carrall St , Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia, BC V6B 2J2