Top three places to host your holiday party in Vancouver

Tomorrow is the beginning of the holiday party season. Rather than entertain at home or celebrate with your colleagues in the office, consider these great places to hold your holiday office party this season.

The Hamilton Street Grill in Yaletown.

Tomorrow is the beginning of the holiday party season. Rather than entertain at home or celebrate with your colleagues in the office, consider these great places to hold your holiday office party this season.

These are not your typical over-lit, too loud, wedding chicken venues. These special spots provide just the right amount of cozy, top notch food and festive flair.

Our favourite location for a holiday party is the Hamilton Street Grill (1009 Hamilton Street). Likely the most under-rated steak house in Vancouver, The Hammy has been a fixture in Yaletown for 17 years. The private dining room has it's own bar and feels like you're having dinner in your own private club. With capacity for up to 40 for cocktails or 30 for a sit-down dinner, this spot is perfectly suited for holiday parties from mild to wild. Chef/Owner Neil Wyles will work with you to plan your menu and make sure the evening goes off without a hitch.

If you're planning a holiday party in East Van, look no further than The Charlatan (1447 Commercial Drive). Tucked away down a half-flight of stairs is a semi-private room with television screens, bar-and-table seating and tons of atmosphere. The long wooden bar is a natural gathering place to swap stories about badly behaved co-workers at last year's party. With numerous craft beer selections to choose from and a young, hip staff, The Charlatan has tons of hipster cred.  

Sun Sui Wah in Richmond. Photo by S.Y.

Across the bridge in Richmond, you'll find an oasis of calm in a private dining room at Sun Sui Wah (102, 4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond) This award-winning restaurant can accommodate groups of all sizes and the top notch Chinese food will satisfy the most discerning party-goers. There are multiple pre-set party menus to choose from or go off menu and plan a meal that includes their signature Roasted Squab.

With Vancouver restaurateurs universally reporting slow bookings for Christmas parties, choice dates are still available. Remember to make arrangements for designated drivers or provide taxi vouchers to get everyone home safely.

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