Kitsilano has taken cocktail culture to a whole new level this season.

“The neighbourhood screams a lifestyle of health and exercise,” explains Jane McFadden, the executive director of the Kitsilano West 4th Avenue Business Association.

But what about after the sun sets?

Cocktail culture rules many a Gastown hotspot, Yaletown denizens appreciate crafty combinations of distilled liquors, and Mount Pleasant’s many hipster joints offer up the handiwork of masterful barkeeps. But inspired offerings at some of Kitsilano’s top restaurants now mean that the westside of Vancouver has a burgeoning cocktail locale on its hands.

“The options on West 4th Avenue have evolved over the past couple of years,” says McFadden. “It’s now become a destination for dining—and a natural stroll up a few blocks from the beach for a refreshing summer cocktail.”

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