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15 must-try Caesars in Vancouver

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Lindsay William-Ross May 18, 2017 2:29 am 3,281

The Caesar is Canada’s signature cocktail, but Vancouver has lots of ways they’ve made it their own. Whether you like yours with a meaty garnish, an oyster on top, with heaps of spice, or everything but the kitchen sink, there’s a Caesar to be found in Vancouver for everyone.

Here (in no particular order) are 15 must-try Caesars in Vancouver.

1. Bacon Caesar at Tableau Bar Bistro

This French-inspired bistro offers brunch goers a wickedly good Bacon Caesar. Topped off with a strip of crispy bacon, Tableau’s Caesar consists of house-made bacon infused vodka and Clamato juice. Their Bacon Caesar can be made as spicy as diners want, so if you’re looking for a memorable kick just ask for a super spicy rendition.

Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Instagram@tableaubarbistro

2. Build Your Own Caesar at Glowbal

Why let the restaurant tell you what’s in your Caesar? Hit up brunch at Glowbal and build your own from their cart of awesome options.

Address: 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Instagram@glowbal_group

3. Green Tomatillo Caesar at La Mezcaleria Commercial Drive

La Mezcaleria on Commercial Drive serves an authentically Mexican twist on the classic drink with their Green Tomatillo Caesar,  made with mezcal, clamato, tomatillo salsa, lime, worcestershire and a tajin rim.

Address: 1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Instagram@lamezcaleriayvr

4. Grand Poobah Caesar at Bao Down Snackbar

Bao Down’s Filipino Snackbar outpost takes one of their house Caesars with the works, and tops it with a fried pork belly bao (aka an “emBAOnada” to riff on empanada) that also houses housemade pickles, sambal mayo, and a quail egg.

Address: 221 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @baodownsnackbar

5. Maple Bacon Caesar at Edible Canada

Photo courtesy Edible Canada Bistro

Photo courtesy Edible Canada Bistro

Edible Canada’s Maple Bacon Caesar is sweet twist on the Canadian classic. This late-morning libation features Iceberg Vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, candied bacon, and an Amola Caesar salt rim.

Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Instagram@ediblecanada

6. Caesar at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Photo courtesy Boulevard

Photo courtesy Boulevard

Boulevard is where you’ll find a Cajun-inspired Caesar. Offered as part of Boulevard’s weekend brunch menu this peppery drink features Absolute Vodka, Louisiana Creole seasoning, and Walter All-Natural Caesar Mix (made with 100 per cent natural clam and tomato juice). Garnished with pickled okra, pair with Boulevard’s Caesar with one of their delectable brunch plates.

Address: Sutton Place Hotel – 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Instagram@blvdyvr

7. El Caesar at Local Public Eatery

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Served in a novelty glass boot, Local’s El Caesar (comprised of Smirnoff Vodka, Mott’s Clamato Juice, very special Mexican hot sauce, other spices, and a pepperoni stick) is best described as The Wild West in a glass.

Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram@localkits

8. Thai Caesar at The Union

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Photo courtesy The Union

The Union knocks out a playfully unique brunch Caesar, which combines the fresh flavours of Southeast Asia and blends them seamlessly into the traditional Canadian breakfast libation. Thai basil leaves are used along with calamansi (a small citrus fruit that can be thought of as a cross between a lime and a kumquat), Sriracha, Worcestershire sauce, and a generous pour of gin to create an intriguing spin on the beloved classic. A curry salt rim and fragrant Thai basil flower complete this boozy brunch beverage.

Address: 219 Union Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @theunionvan

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9. Bourbon Bacon Caesar at Flying Pig

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Go whole hog with a Caesar that’s made with bourbon and a big bacon garnish. What else would you expect from a place called the Flying Pig?!

Address: Three Vancouver locations, check website for details
Instagram: @flyingpigvan

10. Any of the crazy Caesars at Score on Davie

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The KFCaesar (Photo courtesy Score on Davie)

Although the $60 Checkmate Caesar (think everything but the kitchen sink atop a Caesar) is Score’s most-talked about novelty item, Caesars that are topped with mac and cheese balls, burgers, cake, onion rings, and grilled cheese triangles are also on the ever-expanding roster of Caesars here.

Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
Instagram@scoreondavie

11. Caesars at Timber

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Union Jack Caesar at Timber (Lindsay William-Ross/Daily Hive)

Leave it to a restaurant focused on modern Canadiana to master Caesars. They make five kinds of Caesars here, like the fiery Pickleback (whisky, pickle juice, sriracha, Walter clamato, lemon pepper rim, pickles) and the cheeky Union Jack (cucumber gin, HP sauce, worcestershire, tabasco, Walter clamato, celery salt rim, fresh cucumber).

Address: 1300 Robson Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @timbervancouver

12. Night Market Caesar at House Special

You’ll find plenty of decadent foods on sticks in the Caesar at Yaletown’s modern Vietnamese spot House Special.

Address: 1269 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Instagram@housespecial.ca

13. Fanny Bay Caesar at Fanny Bay Oyster Bar

Cool and briny like the ocean, Fanny Bay tops their house Caesar with–what else–a freshly shucked oyster.

Address: 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @fannybayoysters

14. Classic or Black Gin Caesar at The Oakwood Canadian Bistro

There are two Caesar options at brunchtime at The Oakwood. Traditionalists will gravitate towards the “classic” version while those who enjoy spiced up varieties will appreciate the eatery’s Black Gin Caesar, a sodium-rich mix of gin, Worcestershire sauce, house-made hot sauce, organic Caesar mix, and Mill Street Stout.

Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Instagram: @theoakwood

15. The Sportsbar Caesar at The Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena

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The action isn’t always in the stadium here. The Sportsbar’s signature super tall Caesar is made with your choice of vodka or gin, clamato, spice mix, salted rim, and a hand crafted pepperoni stick.

Address: 99 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Instagram@thesportsbar_ra

With files from Jess Fleming

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Lindsay William-Ross
Lindsay is a former Daily Hive Food Editor. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she has also lived in Toronto, NYC, and LA.

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