A Very Merry Vancouver Christmas

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We count down to Christmas with a list of 12 essential Vancouver holiday experiences

 

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A Very Merry Vancouver Christmas

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part II

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By Sonu Purhar
Photos by Nicole Havers and Jorden Hutchison

Missed Part I? Catch up here, then read on.

Stop 1: UVA Wine Bar

uvaNot even UVA’s pulsing music, purple lights and funky décor can compete with the story behind your first smoked cocktail of the night. Ask bartender Lauren Mote why it holds special significance – you’re guaranteed a crash course in history, a geographical orientation to the Scottish highlands and one hell of a science experiment.

Cocktail The Rhapsody

Bartender Lauren Mote

Tastes like… History soaked in a sharp, smart drink. Orange and juniper bitters, courtesy of Bittered Sling, round out the smoldering scotch, though it’ll take a few moments after that first silky sip for the underlying smoke to hit you. Don’t be fooled by The Rhapsody’s innocuous golden hue – there is rich, deep history here. The base, Ardbeg Ten Years Old, is the peatiest whisky of them all and distilled on the island of Islay, Scotland – but that’s not as far as Ardbeg travelled. Back in 2011, vials of the spirit were launched into space for the world’s coolest science experiment: testing the micro-gravity of whisky production. Just like its star ingredient, this cocktail doesn’t mess around.

What makes this cocktail magical? “There’s something so mysterious about this beautifully smoky Ardbeg whisky made in Islay. It’s pretty powerful to drink a spirit that you know has been there, a spirit that was first distilled in such an ancient place. It moves me to tears, thinking that what we do every day – people have been doing it for thousands of years before us. Whiskies instantly transport you back to a time and place.” – Lauren

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Travi$ Scott & Mad Decent to Turn Waldorf Hotel Into Big New Year’s House Party – Ticket Giveaway!

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On New Year’s Eve, The Waldorf Hotel has undertaken the task of repurposing its entire venue for what could be seen as the type of house party vibe you might only ever get to experience from your seat in a movie theatre. Space + Time, a Vancouver-based creative agency is bringing in the critically acclaimed Travi$ Scott and a few Mad Decent headliners in the hopes that they will put on a party over all three floors that will give you a late start to your January 1st resolutions.

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Travi$ Scott & Mad Decent to Turn Waldorf Hotel Into Big New Year’s House Party – Ticket Giveaway!

Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Kelseytracey | Wikimedia Commons

It’s not your typical holiday celebration.

Since 2010, Vancouverites have gathered each December to celebrate the birth of Rolling Stones guitarist – and all-around bon vivant – Keith Richards.  For reasons not entirely clear, the unique celebration fuses Christmas themes with debauched live rock and roll music. It’s called Keithmas and – even if you’re an avowed Scrooge – it’s one holiday bash not to be missed.

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Celebrate Keithmas in Vancouver: Boozy Keith Richards Tribute Bash is Back

Frosty Beers and Longer Hours: Changes to BC Liquor Stores coming this April

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What we hope is not just an elaborate April fool’s joke by the BC government is the recent announcement that BC liquor laws will be getting some exciting changes starting on April 1, 2015. After an extensive review of the BC Liquor Policy that promised to modernize BC’s liquor laws, 73 recommendations were made to reflect current lifestyles, encourage the growth of small businesses and our economy, address calls for consumer convenience and continue to safeguard health and public safety.

Already we have seen the introduction of happy hours, the removal of beer garden and festival barriers, and the inclusion of liquor sales at BC farmers’ markets. Now, BC Liquor stores will be receiving a few more changes that will bring buying booze in BC to the 20th century.

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Frosty Beers and Longer Hours: Changes to BC Liquor Stores coming this April