A new upscale underground bar aims to be a Vancouver institution

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Rosewood Georgia Hotel

Rosewood Georgia Hotel’s new bar, Prohibition, opens soon

When Prohibition opens in the basement of the Rosewood Georgia Hotel later this season (having missed its initial launch window of December) it will be the finishing touch in the restoration of a Vancouver landmark. “We want Prohibition to become a Vancouver institution,” says Bruce Langereis, president of the Delta Group, which owns the hotel. “It’s the crowning piece for this project.” Prohibition reflects the era of the 1927 building without replicating it. The entrance off Howe Street is discreet, with a sliding peephole in the door, but the interior is pure glamour. Guests enter down a dramatic staircase at one end of the 3,000-square-foot room, which features intimate seating areas, onyx tables and vintage finishes. The ceiling is clad in Macassar ebony veneer, with mirrored sections above the seating alcoves and the black-stone-counter bar. Bartender Brad Stanton has designed a mix of classic and original cocktails, house-made bitters and curated wines and beers. Champagne is served in traditional coupes, and guests can keep special bottles in locked vaults. “The objective is to create atmosphere and a memorable experience each and every time you come,” says the hotel’s managing director, Bernhard Wimmer.