The choices are epic at Clive’s Classic Lounge — named Whisky Hotel Bar of 2023 by Whisky Magazine — where legendary West Coast barkeep Shawn Soole began Victoria’s cocktail revolution and returned, in 2020, to elevate it. Start with one of the 250-plus whiskies. Or a wee one-third-sized snacktail. Or perhaps a luxe Tres Vieux Carré, made with Tesseron Lot No. 90 XO. No longer a hometown secret, this dark, subtly glam, armchair-cozy bar at Chateau Victoria is now a destination.
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