The Caesar is unofficially (or not-so-unofficially) Canada’s national cocktail.
Created in 1969 in Calgary, these signature drinks can be made extra spicy, extra dirty, extra meaty and just plain over the top.
Check out some of the most over-the-top and just plain awesome Caesars around Vancouver.
The $60 Checkmate Caesar is Score’s most-talked-about novelty item, that includes onion rings, a burger, hotdog and a load of other goodies, and it must be shared between two people. But 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. You can expect a new Caesar creation to debut this summer (hint it includes multiple hotdogs).
Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
Cool and briny like the ocean, Fanny Bay tops their house Caesar with, what else, a freshly shucked oyster. You can expect a classic Caesar with a lemon salted rim here.
Address: 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
There are two Caesar options at brunchtime at The Oakwood. If you enjoy your Caesars with a bit more bite to them then you’ll appreciate the eatery’s Black Gin Caesar, a mix of gin, Worcestershire sauce, house-made hot sauce, organic Caesar mix, and Mill Street Stout. For traditionalists, there’s a classic option too.
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
The Mediterranean Caesar is made with Russian Standard Vodka, Clamato juice, an Espelette coriander rim and topped with a poached prawn and pickled vegetables. The Espellette coriander rim makes this version an interesting combination of flavours you’ll definitely want to try.
Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
P2B Bistro is tucked in the Pinnacle Hotel. The West Coast Caesar is like nothing you’ve had before, it’s comprised of a Victoria made gin, house-made horseradish, Clamato, garnished with a piece of candied salmon and a blue cheese stuffed olive. The rim is a ground bacon and cajun spice that’s made in-house. They also offer a bacon Caesar and a traditional version.
Address: 1133 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
El Caesar at Tacofino is a perfect blend of citrus and spice you love in the drink. This version of the drink is comprised of habanero infused El Jimador Blanco tequila, house-made clamato, cilantro salt rim and topped with smoked olives. Four of Tacofino’s outposts offer this take on the classic drink.
Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Address: 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Address: 2327 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
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. Options include lobster tails, tiger prawns, oysters, bacon, hot sauces, rim variations, and so many more.
Address: 590 West Georgia Street — Telus Garden, Vancouver
Located in the heart of Yaletown, the Distillery does a classic take on this old Canadian favourite. With vodka, Clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a side rimmed glass you can’t go wrong here. If you’re really craving one, hit up brunch here where they offer $5 Caesars.
Address: 1131 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The Parlour offers a traditional Caesar comprised of vodka, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce, and a heavy rim. But what makes this one so special are the garnishes. It already comes with a roasted pepper and you can add a meatball. Believe us, spring for the meatball and you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
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, Worcestershire sauce, and Walter Craft Caesar Mix. Their Bacon Caesar can be made as spicy and as dirty as you want, so if you’re looking for something with a bite to it ask for it extra spicy or extra dirty.
Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Served in a novelty glass boot, Local’s El Caesar (comprised of Smirnoff Vodka, Mott’s Clamato Juice, special Mexican hot sauce, other spices, and a pepperoni stick) is best described as the Wild West in a glass. It’s also perfect for a photo opp during brunch, lunch, or dinner.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Edible Canada’s Maple Bacon Caesar is a sweet twist on the Canadian classic. This late-morning libation features Iceberg Vodka, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce, candied bacon, and an Amola Caesar salt rim. You can also try the seasonal spot prawn, Caesar, as well, topped with what else? A massive spotted prawn.
Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Both outposts of La Mezcaleria, Gastown, and Commercial Drive serve an authentically Mexican twist on the classic drink. Their Green Tomatillo Caesar, made with mezcal, clamato, tomatillo salsa, lime, Worcestershire and a tajin rim, will definitely pack a punch.
Address: 1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Address: 68 East Cordova Street, Vancouver
Go the 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: 1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver
Address: 127 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
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 drink. 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
Hook Seabar is a newer joint just off English Bay and makes a delicious Caesar you’ll want to try. This rendition is made with a Cajun-spiced rim and comes with garnishes of pickle and olives.
Address: 1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
Earls signature Caesar is a classic for a reason. Traditionalists, you’re going to love this one. Comprised of vodka, clamato juice, Worcestershire sauce, and a spiced rim. This drink comes with pickled vegetables too.
Address: Various locations throughout the Lower Mainland, find the closest one here
Aleph Eatery is a middle eastern haunt. Their signature Beirut Ceasar is a twist on the classic, made with vodka, Clamato, Worcestershire sauce and garnished with pickled peppers and ginger. The unique take on this one is the middle eastern spiced rim and that mix is a secret blend of spices.
Address: 1889 Powell Street, Vancouver
This restaurant might be known for their oysters but there’s none in this rendition of your favourite drink. Chewies Caesar is comprised of New Amsterdam vodka, fresh horseradish, Clamato, and their super secret blend of spices. The drink is topped with a cajun prawn and Kevin’s bacon. You can try it with Bulliet bourbon, Tanqueray gin, or Olmeca Altos tequila instead.
Address: 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver