George Lounge is a mainstay in Vancouver’s vibrant cocktail scene. A heated, covered patio transitions into a room of red velvet, blown glass chandeliers and an underlit onyx bar top. The kitchen style island behind the bar covered in fresh fruit, herbs, syrups and infusions anchors the award winning cocktail program. The food menu offers eclectic small plates.
I will note that this review is reflective for last year; 15 or so of us came here after dinner for my gf's birthday. We bar hopped in Yaletown until this one could accommodate us. They set up an area in the back and rearranged their sofa and chairs for us.
We had 1 of the staff tend to us most of the night, taking drink orders and bringing them, and a few more helping out with bringing and clearing drinks. Professional and energetic she was able to handle a larger crowd with ease. The staff being able to cater us without notice wasn't gone unnoticed - I feel they deserve their service rating.
No food was ordered, all alcoholic beverages sans a couple of cokes. Mostly hard liquor including a round of Absinthe. Drinks were mixed well and flowed freely.
Nice room, crowded but luckily they were able to set up the back end by the private rooms for us. The experience would've suffered I'm sure if we had to cram with the other bar hoppies.
All in all, very satisfied with how they handled our group of drop-ins. A seemingly great place to drink with rambunctious friends.
Came here on a Saturday night, it was very busy, however still got a drink asap by the bar, the drinks were excellent, innovative and just delicious. Did not order any food, but it looked great from the table next to us. The bartenders does an excellent job here, great service too!! I would definitely recommend coming here for cocktails after dinner.
Went to Yalewtown to soak up some of the Olympic atmosphere and chose George as it was less crowded. Sat outside and was able to hear the jazz band from Capone's next door as well as catch the events on 2 TV's set up for the patio. Nice seats wtih some good views and heaters. Tried the crab cakes - pretty good but a bit small, curry fries - very good, hamburger - very good but the meat patty was a bit too small for the bun. Drinks were very good, nice selection of wines and cocktails. Too bad no draft beer. Service was excellent. Appies were in the $11-$15 range with the burger at $19. A bit steep but I guess you are paying for the ambiance. Would return.
Very creative cocktail list. The "perfect pear" is YUM! They use a lot of fresh fruit (cut to order). The bartender is fantastic! He's knowledgeable, funny and patient! He was also quite tipsy by the end of the night. I'd be too if I tasted each creation before serving it! haha!
Appies are good. We really enjoyed the springrolls and the tempura shrimp. The satays were a little salty, the mushroom caps are good and the sablefish thingies were very good.
Will definitely return for martinis.
Tonight me and my girlfriends decided to try something different for a friends birthday and collectively had the worst dining experience of our lives. We entered to a relatively empty restaurant as it was a weekday and received extremely poor service. When asking our server what certain drinks consisted of, the response was a very uninformed "I dont know". We only saw our server about two more times throughout the night and not once were we asked if our food was satisfying. I ordered a crab cake and a pizza. The pizza was good (not worth $15) but the crab cake was atrocious. It was rubbery and the worst I've tried my entire life. My friend ordered a pizza along with a chicken caesar salad, the pizza never showed up and the chicken portion of her CHICKEN caesar salad arrived about 20 min after she got her salad. The explanation from the server was that "we're cooking a large chicken breast and it takes a long time to cook since you're not supposed to eat raw chicken". When the chicken finally arrived it was 4 slices of chicken, good thing the server had informed us it wasn't supposed to be raw or we would have NEVER known. We were later sent a condescending manager with free shots, and a bill with the gratuity charge included (we were never once informed of this, and did not pay the full 15%). Not even the shots could wash away the bad taste the restaurant left us. Drinks = Overrated. Food = Terrible. Service = What Service?
Went there during the Olympics with my business buddies to catch a game on their big screens. Atmosphere at the place was phenomenal and our party of 4 increased to 10 and we were there for over 5 hours in the afternoon and they were very accommodating and kept the alcohol coming. We tried some appies and they were all unique and very tasty. They have a good selection of beers and wine list.
Came to this bar for drinks after a dismal meal across the street. Security at the door warned us about a wait before being let in but we got in quickly. After squeezing through the crowd at the bar to some seats in the corner the problems began. There were two bartenders and one server for the 80 or so people in the bar. As we were a group of six we ordered a couple of bottles of wine and some cocktails. The wine came quickly enough but the cocktails took forever. The wine drinkers ended up sharing the wine with the other members of the group, whose cocktails finally arrived an hour after being ordered. I would go back but only with a staff to customer ratio of one to one.
I've been to George twice now...would be 3 but the place was so packed at 10 pm on a thursday nite that they weren't letting anyone in. There's a real absence of modern loungey places in the city (no thanks to our draconian liquor laws) that aren't attached to hotels, so kudos to George.
On the occasions that i did get in, food is good although a bit predictable (raise your hand if you're tired of tuna sashimi and spring rolls) but despite that ubiquity, well prepared and creative. My fav dish so far is the oh so tender beef in the 'me' section, nicely presented on a yummy mound of potatoes, cheese and prosciutto. Dessert list as well that'll more than satisfy sweet snobs like me.
Service is a bit slow on the floor, kinda like the conjoined brix but they're very friendly and yaletown-beautiful...heavens knows how a doorman manages to look like he stepped out of vogue uomo but i ain't complainin'.
The bar however is where this place really shines. Except for coffee that has to be fetched from brix (despite a gleaming espresso machine in full teasing view) you'd be hardpressed to find a better show of enthusiastic muddling in the city. These guys are serious about their cocktails and as polite and attentive as they come. And for lightweights like me, there's a simple but comprehensive wine by the glass list.
Place is not big but loads of seating thanks to a big wrap-around bar & banquettes. Only gripe i have is the breeziness by the floor to ceiling windows and entrance when the place is not packed with hotties...but hey, there's always the cozy back room with fireplace.
My new fav lounge...if i can get in next time.
Well, I haven't been to George for a while but I think I'm going to be a regular again! We had such a great experience with the gorgeous drinks mixed up for us (A mince Pie Caipirinha, The Cinchona to name a couple!) we ended up staying for Dinner. Crab cakes, Foie Gras followed by Ling Cod and a Spaghetti Bolognese made the old school style. I have to say George has really upped its game on the food and as for cocktails it's always been the best. My bartender Justin and server Ashly were fantastic!
I have gone here a couple times and have always been treated like gold. The service is impeccable and I have never seen the staff shortages that some of the other reviewers comment on.
The drinks are fantastic and are the highlight of the restaurant. The food selection is small making it difficult to accomodate a group with different tastes. What they serve is good but it isn't anything special when compared to some of its neighbours. I suggest having a nice dinner nearby then heading over to George. This place makes a fantastic after dinner lounge for a great martini or glass of wine.
I recently brought my girlfriend there for her birthday and boy were we treated well! We sat at the bar because all the tables were full and the bartenders were absolutely amazing!
The bartender Mike was so helpful as we scoured the daunting cocktail list! He basically asked my girlfriend 'what her flavours are,' she told him and VOILA the best cocktail she had ever had!! He was bang on everytime! The drinks were absolutely amazing and the food was pretty good too.
I would certainly go back anytime. In fact my girlfriend goes to George with her girlfriends all the time and they insist on sitting at the bar to be served by the 'boys.'
Thank you George Lounge for finally giving Yaletown somewhere to go...and thank you Mike for the best service with a smile in town!
I love heading to George with my girlfriends for a few well made cocktails. The room is hip and has great energy to it. It can get a little crowded on the weekends and older men seem to hang out there looking for some action but that would be the only negative I can think of. The owners are great and always make us feel like we are very special when we go. I noticed that it isn't just us getting the attention as they seem to make an effort to make everyone feel that way. The mumbai sling is my favourite cocktail and on nights when it isnt to busy I like to sit at the bar and watch the masters at work. Great production of great cocktails. I didnt give the food a high score because I haven't eaten there but I did notice that people who did order food looked happy.
I made the mistake of going to George's for a friend's birthday. Ten of us had the worst service we've had in a long time from a server with a really bad attitude. The food...wow...terrible. We had a variety of things from the menu and all of them were disappointing. The only good things about the place are the drinks and the decor. This was by far the worst restaurant experience we've had in ages.
I have never had a better Mojito, even in Miami where the expatriated Cubans made them famous! In fact, I have never seen a better stocked bar and have never witnessed everything being made fresh (the fruits and herbs are muddled, ground, and blended before the crowd arrives). Christian the bartender, and the lovely server doing the early shift, were the epitome and friendliness. (Thanks for the info about latin dancing). Restaurant upstairs was recommended (Brix) and I had the best seafood saute. The amount of spice was perfect for this palate. Food was not only very good - it was SPECTACULAR.
No doubt about it - when I return to Vancouver I will head to GEORGE!
I have not been disappointed. The shared appies with friends were not incredible, very small portions. So eat somewhere else. Though hands down the best place to have cocktails all night long! I am going down the list trying a few here and there. Music and ambience are pleasurable. Have fun!
Even though I knew that Nick Devine was no longer Bar Manager and mixologist extraordinaire at this venue (now he’s at the Cascade Room on Main St.), the bartenders still had their island of ingredients behind the counter, mixing, muddling and shaking - really paying homage to the “Devine cocktail list” still in rotation - that was an accidental play on words but really illustrates the uniqueness of Devine’s cocktails.
Melissa started with the Honey Mule ($10), a blend of ginger beer, honey infused vodka, bitters and lime juice. I started with the Ginger Mango Batida ($12), a muddled mixture of mango puree, fresh ginger, lime juice and Brazilian Cachaca - a spirit distilled from sugar cane syrup. Our very energetic server, Brittany, suggests a plate of vegetable spring rolls ($10) as a munchie with our drinks. The spring rolls came with three dipping sauces - spicy aioli, soy ginger and house-made plum. Simply delicious we thought.
Our next cocktails were slightly more elegant. Melissa had the Jade Down ($8), a blend of cucumber, kiwi fruit, honey and vodka. I had a similar cocktail called the English Martini ($8). It starts with cucumber infused gin, which is a classic pairing, with pressed apple juice, Pimm’s No. 1 and fresh mint. This was my kind of drink.
We quickly paid the bill and grabbed a taxi, and bolted up to Cambie St. at 17th to make our 9 pm reservation at Pied-à-Terre.
Thank you!!! Finally a REAL cocktail bar that actually uses fresh ingredients, premium liquors and gets past the very uncharming bellinis/mojitos/cosmopolitans served everywhere else.
The ambience is great - this place is cozy and warm. The service is everpresent and available, and friendly to boot. Yes - Yaletown and friendly.
The food I can take or leave - just overpriced pub fare. But you aren't here for the food!
Me and my boyfriend had a walk around yaletown, checking out if there is any restaurants that would worth to try. We saw the big "G" in the front door which was very eye catching, then we saw the lighting inside the bar. We went in for a drink.
I have to say the atmosphere is very inviting and the service was good. It was last-call when we went into the lounge, we didn't have a chance to try the food there. And I don't see anyone eating there.. everyone is too busy enjoying their drinks. Anyways, we had a tour around the lounge and found that they even have a private room with a LCD for a small party of 4-5 ppl (i m not sure how many ppl can pack into the space, I m just guessing for 4-5ppl). Nick, the bar manager, made us the drinks, the cocktails were incredible, the fruits were all freshly squashed. Yummy!
it's been awhile in finding a nice bar & lounge with great people around (who have class) and great atmosphere. I would say George is a great place to get together w/ love ones or friends who are high maintenance.
As soon as I heard about the Taste of Yaletown, I immediately thought of trying out George, as it is one of the new kids on the block. But the service of the hostess was really disppointing. She sitted two other pairs before my friend and me, even though we were there before them. When approached, the hostess explained it was probably because of misunderstanding. though my friend heard me loud and clear that we didn't mind sitting at the bar or a table. We left without waiting any longer.