An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Yaletown’s beauty is more than skin deep.

Vancouver’s neighbourhoods are like a tight group of friends – they each have distinctive personalities, yet a cohesive vibe ties them all together. Gastown is hip and trendy with an old soul; Kitsilano active, bubbly and health-conscious; East Vancouver artsy, rowdy and never afraid to shake things up. And Yaletown would be stylish, serene and focused on living her best life. Of course, people are filled with hidden layers, and neighbourhods are, too. Let’s have a latte with Yaletown and get to know her better – you might be surprised. Continue reading:
An Insider’s Guide to Yaletown

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part I

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Photos by Nicole Havers and Jorden Hutchison

“The real secret of magic lies in the performance.” – David Copperfield

Christmas is undeniably one of the most magical times of the year. Twinkling fairy lights reflect in small children’s eyes, dancing elves shimmy down chimneys to distribute electronic toys and bars of Toblerone, and families gather round garland-strewn trees wearing sweaters they wouldn’t otherwise be caught dead in.

Indeed, magic abounds during Yuletide – and sometimes you’ll find it in the most unexpected places. For the fourth annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl, we challenged bartenders across the city to design a gobletful of magic, a smoke-infused drink with an enchanting presentation rivalled only by that captivating and utterly memorable first sip. We asked for magic, for smoke and mirrors, and oh yes, they delivered.

Come with us and take a seat at the bar. There’s no wand-waving here, no bag of tricks. Just simple ingredients, an apothecary’s cupboard of worldly libations, and the conjurer behind the bar who whips it together and – abracadabra – reveals a potion worthy of David Copperfield himself. Ready to be wowed? Let’s begin.

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part I

Parties & Discounts at Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver, Sept. 6

Champagne cocktail. Photo credit: Flickr user SimplyLuxTravel

Vancouver’s shops and restaurants transform into party spaces on Thursday, September 6, for an evening of fashion and fun. It’s the first time Vancouver has participated in Fashion’s Night Out: a style celebration that started in NYC in 2009 and has spread to other fashion capitals including Milan, Paris and London.

FNO began as a way to bring the glitz and glamour of fall fashion week to shoppers. And many shoppers enjoy hanging out with designers, models and editors while getting discounts and sipping cocktails. The event hasn’t stopped expanding.

Fashion’s Night Out launches with a free, public fashion show at CBC Studio 40. Local celeb designers Jason Matlo and Jacqueline Conoir, as well as Van retailers, have put together a collection of catwalk looks. Doors open at 5:30 and the first 500 people there  get seats.

Meanwhile, from 6-10pm, retailers throughout the city, from Robson Street to Gastown and Yaletown, have in store events that include DJs, gifts with purchase, discounts, complimentary (sometimes boozy) drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and more. You can also expect FNO restaurant  specials from Thierry, CinCin, Blue Water and The Urban Tea Merchant. Details after the jump. Continue reading:
Parties & Discounts at Fashion’s Night Out Vancouver, Sept. 6