In the Canada’s 50 Best Bar list, Botanist Bar placed in the overall #6 spot across the nation. Recognized as “one of the most creative cocktail bars in the country, if not the world”, the team specializes in theatrics and pageantry with the cocktail lab series, utilizing creatively sourced and foraged ingredients like the Candy Cap mushroom, infused into rye to design a truly Canadian Manhattan-style cocktail, or the Into the Aether, the award-winning cocktail that takes a spin, quite literally, on the classic martini poured into a spinning glass as it levitates to define gravity. The Lobby Lounge and RawBar, the hotel’s original cocktail bar, was awarded #39, for its “south beach meets Coal Harbour” vibe dressed in white Italian marble clad, featuring craft cocktails, Ocean Wise sushi and live music.
Botanist Bar head bartender Jeff Savage was aptly awarded the 2020 Bartender of the Year at this year’s ceremony, as voted on by an esteemed panel of judges.
Fairmont Pacific Rim’s signature flagship restaurant, Botanist, was awarded the #39 restaurant in Canada under the helm of executive chef, Hector Laguna. Renowned for bringing the bounty of British Columbia to the table, Laguna’s “daintiness of his plating, frothy chicken-fat foams and dusting of mushroom soil, is juxtaposed against bold herb infusions and spicy vinaigrettes,” reads the guide.
The Lobby Lounge has reopened for daily service, offering its signature cocktails and sushi, a new cocktail hour (3:00-6:00pm), weekend brunch and daily live music from Wednesday – Saturday 4:30pm-7:00pm.
“We’re honoured to have our restaurants, bars and the talented Jeff Savage recognized within the prestigious Canadas100Best guide,” comments Jason Cisneros, Director of Food and Beverage. “It’s a true testament of the passion and dedication from our team, and while Botanist remains temporarily closed, we are raising a virtual toast to our community and look forward to welcoming guests to The Lobby Lounge and sharing Botanist reopening plans as they become available.”
A recording of the awards ceremony, with segments filmed from The Lobby Lounge, can be viewed online.