5 years ago we swear we had never heard of a modern day "cocktail parlour" and we especially weren't aware that we needed hand crafted specialty drinks but here we are. The Diamond in Gastown is one of the best examples of this kind of resurgence in boutique bar tending and in actual fact while it operates as a great restaurant and lounge at night, it also is a bar tending school by day teaching the art of the cocktail. We love the space, a huge open room embodying the essence of Gastown with exposed brick, elaborate chandeliers and huge windows overlooking the busy Maple Tree Square. With friendly cool staff and a clientele that seemingly runs the gamut from old to young, hip to hooligan and everything in between, we recommend a night of Old Fashioned's, that is if you have 11 minutes to spare while they craft it.
More pics after the jump.