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AFTERglow, Vancouver

1079 Mainland Street
Vancouver , British Columbia
Canada V6B 5P9
Tel: 604 602 0835's insider take:

It may not be the most original concept in nightlife—Buddha Bar, anyone?—but an Asian-themed chill-out lounge still has an easy appeal for those who'd rather avoid the sweaty crush of a club. AFTERglow is the 50-seat addition to Glowbal Grill & Satay Bar, the hottest restaurant in Yaletown circa 2002. But since it's an unusual offering in Vancouver, AFTERglow has the corner on the fashionably dressed crowd who want to sway and nod to mildly energetic tunes instead of breaking a sweat, and thirtysomethings who actually want to converse as part of their mating ritual. The after-work scene is especially good on Wednesdays: You can sip expensive cocktails on mood-lit sofas, and the tasting-style menu means you can easily make this a two-cocktail-and-two-bites substitute for dinner.—Cathay Che

Open Sundays through Wednesdays 5 pm to midnight, Thursdays through Saturdays 5 pm to 1 am.

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