Whether it be due to the coveting of a swankier era or simply recalling days gone by, the TV show Mad Men has become a hit. This late 1950′s, early 60’s throw-back television show has got everyone in a nostalgic state of mind. Granted it may be unfeasible nowadays to expect to come home to a perfectly cooked meal every day after work, it’s not impossible to dine out like your favorite Mad Men character in your own city. Here’s a guide on where to go in Vancouver. No guarantees on the smoking inside part…
The Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar (formerly the Transcontinental) –
Don’t let the strange name (what exactly is a wetbar?) confuse you; this place looks exactly like the setting where you would find Mr. Sterling & Don Draper going for apres work drinks. Located on W Cordova, in the Waterfront train station, is upscale bar food with a unique twist. If you’re looking for a truly early 1960′s’ experience I recommend the mini-corndogs with your “THE” martini! Bear in mind clean eating wasn’t on the forefront of the minds of late 50′s era folks. The kitchen menu also offers chicken cobb salad as well as apple pie; all set at prices that don’t break the bank. The bar serves up a variety of drinks with a Mad Men theme such as the classic Manhattan cocktail. There’s also a jagermeister, peach schnapps, and cranberry shot called the Red Head which conjures up images of everyone’s favorite curvy secretary, Joan. The best seats in the house are on the platform that overlooks the full restaurant and exhibits its own view of the city’s hustle and bustle in Gastown.
Lost in the 50’s –
This amazingly kept joint is located on the side of Edmonds Street in Burnaby. How this little drive-in has managed to escape modernism is beyond me, but I am so glad it has. One of the many cool things about this diner that sets it apart from the rest of the ‘greasy spoons’ out there is that they use organic beef with all of their burgers. Serving up the classics, such as a variety of burgers & homemade fries, they also offer hormone-free chicken finger platters, burgers, and a quaint kids menu offering fancy grilled cheese sandwiches and hormone free kids size turkey hotdogs for $1.50. Lost In The 50′s also has what they call the ‘treehugger burger’ for those a little more health conscious than our early 1960′s counterparts. There are a wide variety of flavorful milkshakes and a very cool collection of rare sodas, which the proprietor eagerly seeks out and is happy to take requests to search out your personal favorites. So gas up your Cadillac and take your Betty for a date.
900 West Lounge –
Located inside the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel, this swanky lounge is perfect for a romantic Valentines Day date a’la Don & Betty Draper. Soft jazz music plays while you’re surrounded by the who’s who in the sophisticated Vancouver social scene. The dazzling architecture and wingback chairs add a sultry ambiance to an already old world elegance. The drink menu is extensive and comes perfectly prepared, and the service is friendly and unassuming. Make it a night to remember by booking an ‘Art of Romance’ package starting at $299 per night, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine and other sweet entities.