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
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
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
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
5. Maple Bacon Caesar at Edible Canada
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
6. Caesar at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
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
7. El Caesar at Local Public Eatery
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
8. Thai Caesar at 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
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9. Bourbon Bacon Caesar at Flying Pig
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?!
10. Any of the crazy Caesars at 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
11. Caesars at Timber
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
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
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
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
15. The Sportsbar Caesar at The Sportsbar LIVE! at Rogers Arena
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
With files from Jess Fleming