Rosewood Hotel Georgia to open underground cocktail lounge designed by Munge Leung

Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver announced the scheduled opening of the underground vaulted cocktail bar, Prohibition, this February.

Created by Munge Leung, the Toronto-based design firm that also spearheaded the renovation of Rosewood Hotel Georgia in 2011, Prohibition’s interior is reminiscent of the covert cocktail bars and jazz speakeasies of the 1920s.

After entering through an understated door, guests descend into the space via a staircase adorned with black drapery, rich jewel tones and vintage finishes. Inside the space, an ornate ceiling clad in Macassar Ebony plays against the black stone bar, a custom-designed glass-and-metal chandelier and upholstered bar stools. Two raised sections and three intimate alcoves separated by metal screens are ideal for intimate gatherings and small groups.

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The cocktail program for Prohibition was designed by bartender Brad Stanton.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia opened in the 1920s, when it was known as Hotel Georgia. The property played host to a long list of celebrities and royalties, including John and Ethel Barrymore, Marlene Dietrich, Errol Flynn, Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Gary Cooper and HRH Edward, Prince of Wales and his brother George, the Duke of Kent. After undergoing a full renovation, it reopened in 2011 as the Rosewood Hotel Georgia.

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