Finding a place to have a few nice glasses of wine and a bit of food with a bunch of friends seems like it shouldn’t be difficult. But try and get more than four people together and suddenly everywhere is too loud or doesn’t take reservations. I have a solution for you: Cityside Winery.
Cityside takes Okanagan grapes and brings them down the city to create their own small-batch wines. I recommend starting with a flight to try all four, two reds and two whites. The semillon was my favourite, not too sweet, and easy drinking. You can also pick up their wines by the bottle in the tasting room.
The lovely little tasting room on West 2nd Ave, near Olympic Village is cozy with reclaimed wood tables, a couple comfortable couches, long tables as well as intimate small ones, and candles everywhere, as well as a huge window along one wall. They take reservations, always a key concern when you don’t have an hour or two to wait to get in somewhere.
Small plates like goat cheese on toasted rounds of baguette with jams and nuts, small salads, charcuterie, and cheese plates make just the rest accompaniment for the wines. If you’re looking for something more, they have a selection of flatbread pizzas as well.
It’s worth noting they close at 11pm, so plan your start time accordingly!