In recent weeks, an unassuming Vancouver accounting office has been attracting a steady stream of customers. However, the crowds aren’t here to file tax returns or crunch numbers. Instead, they’re checking out the city’s newest speakeasy experience: Key Party.
Tucked into the back of an accountant’s office, the entrance to this hidden bar has been disguised as an old-school storefront. The front window bears the name “Zottenberg & Sons Accounting”, while the inside features a “Hang in There” kitten poster, tape dispenser, Rolodex, and a “World’s Greatest Boss” nameplate on the desk. A filing cabinet, desk and giant calculator complete the picture.
But don’t be fooled by appearances. Open the brown wooden door in the “accounting office” and enter a secret back room dressed in velvet drapes, red walls, and wild artwork.
You’ve stepped into Vancouver’s newest gathering place, Key Party. Taking design cues from the cheeky nature of 1970s “adult” swinger parties, this intimate 40-seat lounge is filled with cool memorabilia, from the bowl of (glued-down) keys at the entrance to a mischievous, hand- painted mural behind the bar.
Lit almost entirely by candlelight, the atmosphere is intimate and laid-back — the perfect setting for an after-work drink, or first date. Sink into a cozy seat at one of the tables or pull up a stool behind the custom-made wooden bar. Once settled, pursue the retro-themed menu, which features amusing quotes like “Our cocktails make you feel single and see double.” A selection of updated classic cocktails and inventive creations are on offer, including the Spicy Sunrise, B-52, and Cherry Paralyzer. Decadent and dessert-like, the veganized Coconut Cream Grasshopper tastes like mint ice cream and is a must-try.
Other features on the drink menu include layered shots made with fruity tapioca pearls and champagne jello shots. As if that weren’t enough, the expertly prepared (and highly boozy) cocktails all come with a complimentary bowl of party mix, in keeping with the house party theme. There’s also a good variety of small share plates available. Snack on vegetarian chili-cheese dip with tortilla chips, a vegan platter with avocado and olive tapenade, or a charcuterie board. No matter what you order, you can expect to satisfy your sweet tooth at the end of the night with a bowl of colourful, key-shaped gummy candies — they arrive with your bill!
Owners Rachel Zottenberg and David Duprey are the same folks behind Vancouver’s most playful dining-and-drinking concept destinations. Key Party is their latest offering, joining the likes of Rumpus Room, and Narrow Lounge. Whether you’re swinging by to start your evening or winding dow the night, Key Party is sure to add a unique twist to your evening.
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