Where to go Before or After the Eastside Culture Crawl

Photo credit: Odd Society Spirits

Photo credit: Odd Society Spirits

This year’s Eastside Culture Crawl will be an event to behold. The studio tour stretches east of Main Street and north of East 1st Ave and west of Victoria Drive.

Vancouver art fans have three days to check out 419 artists located in 83 buildings. In order to take in that much art over the weekend you need to remember to keep dry, fed, hydrated and entertained.

While my fellow Inside Vancouver blogger Carrie Leslie is offering a sneak peak at this year’s crawl, I’m offering some pre/post crawl eating, drinking and entertaining options. Below the jump you’ll find my recommendations on where to go before or after your Eastside Culture Crawl experience.

Carb load – If you’re starting on Main Street and want fuel for your travels start off at  Campagnolo. Grab a primi or pizza course to carb load before your crawl. May I suggest a bowl of tagliatelle or the margherita pizza? Then walk off your delish Italian food by heading east through Strathcona.

Caffeinate – Still in Strathcona and need a java fix? Try the Union Market for fresh coffee and Portuguese baked goods while the Wilder Snail (beware of line ups) serves a killer hot chocolate and the best darn salted chocolate chip cookies in the city. Don’t forget to do the planet a favour and bring a reusable cup.

Raise your spirits – En route to the Arc building or south on Commercial to the Parker and Mergatroid buildings stop by the Odd Society Spirits on Powell Street. Specializing in small batch vodka, whiskey and gin, Odd Society Spirits is open for tastings 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Their artful tasting room was built by the owner’s two bros from Edmonton and proudly displays a large art piece by East Van illustrator and tattoo artist Shwa Kierstead.

Get Jazzed – The crawl can be wet so be prepared. If you’re looking to warm up with a cold brew and maybe some live music before or after crawling on the Sunday, then go to Pat’s Pub on East Hastings. The venerable Vancouver watering hole features live jazz Sunday afternoons starting at 3:00 p.m.

Do some pairing – Wine and art pair well. Nestled in historic Railtown, a stop at the Vancouver Urban Winery is easy as the tasting room is open until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday. Try out B.C.’s many different wine appellations in the beginning, middle or end of your culture crawling schedule.

Photo credit: Sunday Service Improv

Photo credit: Sunday Service Improv

Laugh it up – just past the southern edges of the culture crawl is the weekly Sunday Service improv sessions at the Kozmik Zoo. Check out Vancouver’s longest-running improv nights: staring some of Vancouver’s best comedic actors including Taz VanRassel and Ryan Beil. If you’re not too tired from crawling, sipping, tasting and art purchasing end your weekend off with a laugh or six with the Sunday Service folks. Mention the Eastside Culture Crawl on Sunday, November 17th and you’ll get a dollar off of the cover charge.

Any tips for extra-curricular post-crawl activities? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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