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Niche Wine Bar stretches out at new downtown Vancouver locale

Downtown Vancouver staple moves into Riverview Tower, nearly doubling footprint of its former site

By , Columbian staff writer
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Niche Wine Bar, which is celebrating 12 years in downtown Vancouver, opened its new, larger location recently at 900 Washington St.
Niche Wine Bar, which is celebrating 12 years in downtown Vancouver, opened its new, larger location recently at 900 Washington St. (Boulanger) Photo Gallery

Niche Wine Bar and Bistro has been a staple in downtown Vancouver for 12 years, and now it has a new address.

The bistro opened at its new location at 900 Washington St. in August. The new space at Riverview Tower is 1,450 square feet, nearly twice the size of the old space next to Kiggins Theatre.

The new location has only 28 seats, but they’re not close together like they had been at the old location before the pandemic.

“The new space is still very cozy,” owner Leah Jackson said in a statement. “With all of our new windows I tell people we are coming out of the shadows.”

The new space also provides smaller rooms for talks with winemakers, groups and wine classes. Wine club members have a special club room.

Class act

Jackson said her desire to host classes helped prompt the move. This fall, Niche is hosting a “Wine Tasting for Beginners” class through Clark College’s community and continuing education program.

“In the old location, it was very hard to have a small gathering because the space was all just one kind of galley style,” said Jackson. The new venue not only has a designated kitchen area, but it also has small rooms, lending itself to hosting classes and expanding retail options.

The Riverview Tower location also gives the bistro its own kitchen space. Previously food prep was done at the bar.

After the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, that meant the old Niche couldn’t accommodate bar seating. With a kitchen, bar seating is back, Jackson told The Columbian.

Jackson also expects to bring back port tasting, Champagne tasting, and other tasting events that used to be held at Niche before the pandemic.

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