A Vancouver staple since 1955 (and now run by second-generation of the founding Aisenstat family) Hy’s Steakhouse recently underwent a bit of a transformation and is introducing a new cocktail bar and a gorgeous upstairs space decked out in mahogany and wine shelves.
The space feels like an update on a classic library – distinguished and regal, but with modern day touches such as polished stone countertops at the bar.
Upon entering, you’re greeted with the crisp, clean looking bar. There’s another room for seating, and beyond that, a private room with a partition and sliding doors that leads off to a Juliet balcony facing Hornby Street in the heart of downtown.
The entire floor can be rented out for private functions and accommodates up to 100 people.
And what would a good Vancouver cocktail bar be without a happy hour special? Classic cocktails and select wine are 50 per cent off, local beer is just $5 and appetizers range from $2.50 to $5. New appetizers on the menu include prime beef sliders (the same prime beef they use for their steaks, ground in-house), smoked bacon sliders, and seasoned potato chips, all of which are exclusive to their happy hour selection.
Hy’s knows when to leave a classic alone, however: cheese toast is still on the menu across the board, and during happy hour, it’s just $5.
Happy hour lasts from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, with a DJ spinning vinyl Monday through Wednesday.
Seasonal cocktails include rum, gin, and bourbon-based drinks that will warm up your body and soul. The “Queens of Clover” cocktail is a must try, with Bombay Sapphire gin, St. Germian, Lillet Blanc, raspberry syrup and fresh lemon juice for $15. Delicious.
Even though the space is new, Hy’s classics remain the same: charcoaled grilled steaks and other Hy’s staples are still around and will likely never change.
Address: 637 Hornby Street