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Where to get boozy coffee in Vancouver

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Hanna McLean Jan 24, 2017 3:00 am 1,336

It’s Breakfast Week! We’re serving up a heaping plateful of delicious stories about the most important meal of the day–and where to get it in Vancouver.

For many people coffee means energy, comfort, and routine. For some, this beverage is the sole reason for getting up in the morning.

So when you mix this beloved fresh-cup-of-Joe-goodness into a spiked concoction, you get a hell of a coffee with some serious kick, one that can be enjoyed at any time of day. Whether you need a mid-morning wakeup call or a something to finish off lunch or dinner, these restaurants and bars have you covered for all of your extra ‘adult’ coffee cravings.

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Here are 12 spots to get boozy coffee drinks in Vancouver.

1. Acme Cafe

If you’re a fan of the Acme Cafe you know they make an outstanding pie, but this cafe also gives diners the option to spike any and all of their coffee offerings. Just ask your server to add Baileys, Kahlúa, or Grande Marnier to your coffee, cappuccino, or latte for an additional fee. We’d recommend utilizing this offer during Acme’s pie happy hour from 2 to 4 pm daily.

Address: 51 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @acmecafevancouver

2. Café Crêpe

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While Café Crêpe has three locations in Vancouver, only their Robson and full-service Granville Street locations offer boozy caffeinated beverages, or Café Spéciale as they’re titled on the menu. These drinks are all a combination of different espresso coffees, hot chocolates, specialty liqueurs, and whipped cream. The selections include classic Irish, Spanish, B52, and Amaretto varieties, along with a Monte Cristo (Kahlua and Grand Marnier), a Blueberry Tea (Amaretto, Grand Marnier, and Breakfast Americana Tea), and a Polar Bear (Peppermint Schnapps and hot chocolate).

Address: 1032 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 874 Granville Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @cafecrepe

3. Chambar

Take in the beauty and charm of Chambar while sipping on a very sophisticated coffee cocktail. The Toledo Translator is a combination of coffee-infused Jose Cuervo tequila, Amaro Averna, Ms. Betters Smoke & Oak Bitters, and cardamom. This beverage is also served with a Vietnamese coffee sphere.

Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @chambar_restaurant

4. CinCin Ristorante

CinCin offers next-level pasta that will undoubtedly put you in a food coma, so you will definitely need something with a little kick to give you the energy to walk out the front door and down those stairs onto Robson Street – enter the CinCin Shakerato. This drink is made with chilled espresso, Goslings Black Seal Rum, Giffard caramel, and vanilla.

Address: 1154 Robson Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @cincinristorante

5. Jam Cafe

Aside from offering a truly out-of-this-world all-day breakfast, Jam Cafe has a lengthy list of ‘Coffees With A Kick’ on their beverage menu. The seven choices include tempting options like the Pick Me Up, a shot of Baileys Irish Cream with espresso over ice, the Morning Fog, Baileys Irish Cream and B&B Liqueur with steamed milk and the Hot Shot, a double shot espresso, Baileys Irish Cream, Patron XO Café topped up with regular coffee and finished with an orange sugar rim.

Address: 556 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @jamcafeyvr

6. Joe Fortes

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While you may know Joe Fortes as one of the best places to enjoy seafood in Vancouver, this epic spot also offers a smooth, boozy coffee you can order to chase down all those fresh oysters with. Joe’s House Coffee is a combo of Baileys, Frangelico, Americano coffee, and whipped cream.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @joefortesvan

7. Café Medina

There’s no better way to enjoy the legendary Medina Waffles then with a beverage, because you’ll probably be parched from waiting in the line for brunch (well worth it, if you ask us). The 49th Martini is made with 49th Parallel Espresso, Sons of Vancouver No.82 Amaretto, Cardamom Rum, and Baileys.

Address: 780 Richards Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @medinacafe

8. L’Abattoir

With such a stellar selection of artisan cocktails, it’s often difficult to chose just one libation when dining at L’Abattoir (maybe that’s why we always end up taking a cab home). If you’re looking for a caffeinated concoction that will really give you a buzz, try the El Patrimonio from this spot. The beverage is made with Bacardi , Banane du Bresil, orange, cold-brew coffee, and claret cordial.

Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @labattoir_van

9. Milano Coffee

Milano Roasters’ Gastown location is fully licensed and ready to spike your coffee – after 11 am of course. This spot has classic liqueurs on hand like Kahlua and Baileys so baristas can mix them in with your selection of one of their 13 different origin coffees.

Address: 36 Powell Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @milanoroasters

10. Thierry Cafe

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Thierry Cafe is fully licensed and offers a fabulous range of wine, beer, spirits, and a great selection of spiked beverages. The cafe’s spiked espresso selection includes the Irish, a mix of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and heavy cream, the Spanish, St. Remy’s Brandy and Kahlua, and the classic B52, a combo of St Remy À La Créme, Kahlua, and Cointreau. This spot also has an ever-changing seasonal menu of boozy beverages as well.

Address: 1059 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Instagram: @thierrychocolat

11. True Confections

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A boozy coffee is definitely the best thing you can pair with a made-from-scratch dessert from True Confections. There’s a handful of ‘Boozy Moos’ (steamed milk with 1oz of liqueur) on the menu at this spot including the Kahlua Moo, Baileys Caramel Moo, B-52 Moo, and the Banana Mocha Moo, a combo of Creme de Bananes, Kahlua, steamed milk, whipped cream, and chocolate flakes.

Address: 866 Denman Street, Vancouver
Address: 3701 West Broadway, Vancouver
Instagram: @trueconfections

12. YEW seafood + bar

YEW’s Reverse Happy Hour has a drink that’s perfect if you’re craving something boozy and caffeinated. The Expat Booster is a shaken, icy mixture of Jameson Irish Whiskey, Red Vermouth, cold brew espresso, spiced black tea and banana, and Western Haskap bitters. You can try this cocktail for only $10 between 8 and 11 pm every day of the week, sounds like the perfect nightcap, right?

Address: Four Seasons Vancouver, 791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Facebook: YEW seafood + bar


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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