YAM magazine’s Best Restaurant Awards 2019 celebrate Greater Victoria, B.C.’s exciting food scene and are judged by an independent panel of chefs and food experts. The winner of YAM’s Best Cocktail Bar Award 2019 is Veneto in Victoria, B.C.

By Cinda Chavich // Photo by Jeffrey Bosdet

Veneto’s Barjonesing cocktail.

Veneto has long been a venerated leader in the city’s craft cocktail culture.

This year they switched up their space on the ground floor of the boutique Hotel Rialto, moving the bar into the sunny street-side corner and expanding the dining room to incorporate a modern, northern Italian-inspired menu.

New executive chef Jamie Huynh (fresh from Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, Hawksworth Restaurant and Farmer’s Apprentice in Vancouver) heads the kitchen, while the bar chefs continue to shake up their innovative creations featuring all of the many craft spirits now available on the Island and across B.C.

Take a seat at the bright, marble-topped bar and watch the mixologists in action, or choose a cozy corner of the dining room for drinks and dinner.

As one of our judges noted: “Veneto is a sophisticated place for drinks, food and conversation, with innovative cocktails and excellent presentation in everything they do.”

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This article is from the July/August 2019 issue of YAM.