900 Seymour Street
T: 604 632 9560
Brief Description: An espresso bar by day, a wine bar by night. Located next to Moda Hotel on Seymour Street, Uva is one of Vancouver’s more stylish coffee bars.
With so many new bars opening up recently my follow-up visit to Uva has been a long time coming. I first visited Uva for a coffee back in spring and had been meaning to follow up with a visit to the wine bar ever since. It was a very wet and miserable evening when I eventually got around to returning. Grumpy and dripping wet from a sudden downpour, I had a strong hankering for a nice glass of red when I met my friend at the dimly-lit Uva Wine Bar.
It was early on a Thursday night and whilst the bar wasn’t overly busy, a steady crowd passed through during the couple of hours that we were there. We got comfy in large, white throne-like chairs and perused the wine menu. We did find that it was slightly overwhelming as there were a lot of wines on offer. There were many that were by the bottle but there were also a number of red and whites by the glass. Most of the wines were Italian and whilst I certainly don’t have a problem with Italian wines, we did end up having to rely on the server to explain the flavours to us (e.g. I like Cabernet Sauvignon so what would be the most similar taste to that?). Thankfully, our server was extremely helpful and spent time explaining and recommending glasses of wine to us. Per glass, the wines were a tad expensive. I think most averaged around the $10 to $12 mark. The price of food was also a tad on the high side so I opted for the cheapest thing on the menu, risotto balls, which were more reasonable at only $5 for 3. I had been craving a cheese plate or even a plate of olives but these were all just a little bit too expensive to be justified as a snack with a few wines.
That said though, the risotto balls were absolutely delicious. They were crunchy on the outside and still moist and loaded with flavour on the inside. If the rest of the food is this tasty then perhaps the prices are worth it.
Final Thoughts: Uva manages to easily transition from a stylish Italian café in the day to a modern and elegant wine bar in the evening. My friend and I enjoyed our evening there, although we probably would have lingered longer had the prices been slightly cheaper. If you are a wine aficionado then you should make a visit to Uva pronto!