When it comes to impressing a date, there’s no better way than taking her to that secret little hole in the wall she’s never seen before, but unfortunately the last girl didn’t appreciate Sully’s Spam Shack nearly as much as you thought she would. To hit up a date gem that’s under the radar and won’t give you worms, Oyster Seafood and Raw Bar.
Set in a small room on the main floor of the old Vancouver Stock Exchange, Raw Bar is a darkly lit throwback to the ‘20s with a twist of modernism. Sporting just 25 seats, including some plush red leather booths, you feel like you’re part of an exclusive club; the kind of club with no dues and cheap deals on delicious oysters and other sea fare. The Raw menu features 18 varieties of oysters, leaning heavily on BC sources, but with a nod to Washington St., New Brunswick and even Indonesia. And if you’re not into eating them raw, but still want the Aphrodite bite, they’re also slinging a variety of steamed, pan-fried and BBQ’ed options that’ll pump you full of Zinc and send your libido racing across the stock exchange floor.
As for drinks, the wine list is focused on oyster pairing and you can count on the server to give you an education on the subject. They also have a number of cocktails, including a mad good Caesar with fresh horseradish — not to be confused with the mad good Brutus who preferred his Caesar with fresh stab wounds.
Be sure to schedule your date for right after work because not only will you be a welcome reprise from her day of wearing flare at Chotchkie’s, but also on time for Raw’s 4pm to 7pm Buck a Shuck, where you can indulge in a selection of dollar apiece oysters and drink specials.