Meo, a new cocktail bar, is coming to Chinatown

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      Vancouver will soon have another contender for the city’s prettiest bars, as a new cocktail concept by the folks behind Chinatown’s well-loved eateries Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie and the Michelin-starred Kissa Tanto is set to open its doors later this month.

      The 1970s-style cocktail bar, Meo, will fit just beneath Kissa Tanto on Pender Street, offering a 70-seat, dimly-lit space complete with retro decor and even a jukebox.

      Its menu will boast eight reimagined classic cocktails—like the Golden Devine, blending blue agave tequila with summer peach; and the espresso carrotini, with Beefeater blood orange gin, carrot reduction, and citrus-peel-infused cold brew. Alongside those are casual small plates such as the som tum (green papaya salad), trinidadian doubles, and tostadas of the day.

      “Meo is the second piece of the puzzle to our tri-level building, where each experience is unique and complements each other,” says Kissa Tanto and Bao Bei co-owner Tannis Ling in a statement. “Kissa Tanto for supper upstairs, Meo for great drinks and snacks downstairs, and a third yet to come.”

      According to Ling, Meo is designed to function as the neighbourhood’s main hangout, becoming a retro-inspired watering hole in the Chinatown area.

      We certainly wouldn’t mind it!

      While no exact launch date has been announced just yet, the bar is set to open later this month.

      Meo Chinatown

      265 East Pender Street, Vancouver

      Hours: Wednesday to SUnday, 4pm until late