The first edition of the MICHELIN Guide Vancouver has been revealed, honouring Botanist Bar with the “Exceptional Cocktails Award”, along with recognizing Fairmont Pacific Rim, Botanist, and The Lobby Lounge & RawBar at the Star Reveal Gala held in Vancouver on Thursday, October 27.
Botanist Bar is home to the country’s most unusual Cocktail Lab – a bartender’s studio that inspires creativity as well as space to prepare and experiment with ingredients to develop house-made tinctures, shrubs, syrup and whatever else they can concoct. Its custom-creation features industrial kitchen equipment to integrate a culinary-forward approach to cocktail design and production. The edgy venue inspires creative freedom and precision, granting the attention required to forge an elevated drinking experience.
The Botanist cocktail program, led by Creative Beverage Director, Grant Sceney and Botanist Bar Head Bartender, Jeff Savage, follows the principles of botany, which was developed to reflect and celebrate the biodiversity of the Northwest, with ingredients and flavour profiles that uniquely tell a story. Along with a list of handcrafted cocktails that change with the season, the bar team has developed a spirit-free program that is as artfully designed as it is balanced and sophisticated.
“It’s incredible to receive an award of excellence, but the reality is, it means nothing without the team behind you, working to achieve the same goal.” Says Grant Sceney, Creative Beverage Director, Fairmont Pacific Rim.
“It’s an immense honour to receive such a special award for doing what we love to do every day.” Says Jeff Savage, Head Bartender, Botanist. “Making not only cocktails, but experiences for our guests is something very near and dear to our hearts. I want to extend a massive thank you to our entire team, and I want to particularly thank our guests who continue to sit at our bar and grant us the ability to do what we love to do.”
The MICHELIN Guide is a benchmark in gastronomy, which has recognized Botanist’s ongoing commitment to excellence of the craft, pristine service and an unparalleled guest experience.
Alongside the star recognition for Botanist Bar, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Botanist and The Lobby Lounge & RawBar are all MICHELIN recommended destinations. The MICHELIN Guide hotel selection features accommodations all over the world that stand out for their style, service, and personality, with the handpicked selection covering the globe, with options for every taste and budget.
“To receive such distinctions from an institution as highly lauded as MICHELIN is a true honour,” says Jens Moesker, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Fairmont Pacific Rim “It goes without saying, the recognition is a result of the team’s collective ambition to provide our valued guests with an extraordinary cocktail experience.”
Launched in 2021, MICHELIN Guide’s hotel selection is curated with the same high standards as its restaurants. The list includes hotels, which inspire discovery or adventure – the MICHELIN Guide’s hotel experts since 2018 – as well as its community of travelers.