It’s always great to see a familiar face in an unfamiliar space, and so it was when we heard that Emily Vey was leading the bar program at the new(ish) Jungle Room in Vancouver’s West End. You probably remember her from the much-missed Diamond, as well as her thrilling run at the World Class Canada 2023 finals.
At Jungle Room the cuisine is elevated Japanese and Indonesian street food, but Vey’s cocktails are a tempting mix of well-crafted classics (including a handful made with ultra-premium spirits and appropriately labelled “liquid gold”) and house signatures that lean gently toward the tropical. Think: Jungle Boogie (rum, Campari, pineapple sorbet, lime and cava) or the Clouds in the Forest (reposado tequila, Ancho Reyes liqueur, cacao, espresso and salt).
Even better, from now through the end of the year, Vey’s team is running a special menu featuring drinks made with Patrón Reposado tequila—Tiger Breath, Bikini Bottom and El Gustavo—where partial proceeds will go to Pacific Wild, an initiative dedicated to preserving B.C.’s Great Bear Rainforest.