6 Martini Hot Spots in the Fraser Valley

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

A night out in the Fraser Valley. Where to go? We have scoured the Fraser Valley to find you 6 of the best martini hot spots, perfect for that long overdue girl’s night out. Whether your style is modern and hip, or relaxed and classic, our list of featured lounges offers something for everyone. Who knows, you may even have so much fun, nights out just might become a common occurrence (wouldn’t that be lovely!).

Bravo Restaurant and Lounge
46224 Yale Rd, Chilliwack. 604.792.7721

To the locals, Bravo Restaurant & Lounge holds the reputation of simply the best martinis in the area, and it is well deserved. Don’t let its location or outward appearance fool you – this award winning restaurant is a little piece of the big city right here in the Fraser Valley. Many of their martinis are made using their signature infused vodkas, which they’ve been creating in-house for years. Unwind and reconnect in this warm and relaxing atmosphere while sipping on a Fellini Martini.

Bravo Signage
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The Vault
5764 176 Street, Surrey 604.576.4243

With its eclectic and funky décor, The Vault provides the perfect meeting place for those looking for a little something out of the ordinary. Grab the girls and head out on a Wednesday for $3.75 martinis, or on a Thursday for $4.00 cocktails. Atmosphere is casually upbeat and commonly accompanied by live entertainment in the evenings. Thinking about desert? Their Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie always gets rave reviews.

Keylime Quickie at Lava
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Eighteen 27
9185 Glover Road, Fort Langley. 604.455.0211

Leave the office behind and escape to Eighteen 27 for an evening of live music, great food and a fabulous selection of martinis. Located on the main strip in historic Fort Langley, this tapas and martini lounge offers a unique dining experience, and an incredible atmosphere showcasing local art. Thursday nights are ladies nights, and with social martinis on special for $5, you’ll want to try a few (they have 28 different kinds!).  Don’t miss their signature martini, the 1827 if you are looking for something unique. Its light and fresh taste combined with the sweetness of Asian pear and lychee flavours will certainly not disappoint.  Eighteen 27 fully embraces “share plate” concept dining, by making their varied menu items perfect for nibbling while sipping martinis. With their large selection of food items, it can be overwhelming just to pick a few. Our recommendations? Be sure to try the Truffled Gnocchi paired with the Braised Beef Short Rib. They melt in your mouth.

#10 16051 24th Ave, South Surrey. 604-542-8580

A restaurant that doubles as a dancing lounge on Friday & Saturday nights, Ulounge is the perfect destination for a lively girl’s night out that has the potential to go until the wee hours of the morning. Dramatic décor and multi-coloured lighting adds class to this South Surrey lounge. Daily specials such as Thursday $5.99 martinis and wing Wednesdays makes things easier on the wallet. Plus, with martinis like Tiramisu and Strawberry Ripple, you won’t even need dessert (although they do serve them)!

Blustone Bistro & Lounge
2607 Ware St, Abbotsford. 604.851.2583

This bistro & lounge features New York style influences, offering a mixture of both high and low seating, ready to suit your mood. Their liquids menu is vast, including martinis by the names of Black Widow, Baked Apple Pie and their signature Blutini. If a man happens to crash your girl’s night out, you can always dare him to try the Mantini (a mixture of vodka, jager, raspberry flavours and red bull)!

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Lava Dining & Lounge
22590 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge 604.476.0056

With its brightly coloured walls, dark tables and low lighting, Lava Dining & Lounge has created an intimate yet casual fine dining atmosphere well-suited for catching up with friends. Servers are attentive and readily available to review the menu with guests. Their whimsically-named martini list (including  the Keylime Quickie and the infamous Gummy Bear Martini) make this a go-to destination for an original martini experience. Lava Lounge even caters to the coffee lover, with their delish Chocolate Latte. In fact, we recommend skipping desert and just having two of the Chocolate Latte Martinis because they are that good. Visit on a Wednesday for $3.95 house martinis, or on Thursday for All-You-Can-Eat Penn Cove Mussels.

For any fun night out in the Fraser Valley, remember to plan ahead, give your friends lots of notice and always make sure you have a safe drive home!

Contributor: Shannon Clattenburg

Shannon Clattenburg is a creative spirit first and a freelance writer second. She is a features writer for Fraser Valley Pulse and has a love for uncovering hidden gems throughout the Fraser Valley . She lives in Chilliwack with her boyfriend and her doggy Rolo. Twitter: @OrdinaryShan

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