Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

photo: Pourhouse

photo: Pourhouse

The following article was written by Tourism Vancouver’s Sonu Purhar and photographed by Tourism Vancouver’s Nicole Havers.

It’s been a long day, maybe a hard one. A frantic client called and kept you on the phone for hours. You were late for an important meeting and your manager sighed in a way that made your blood run cold. Your Instagram post from last night only got three Likes. Life’s rough. And you’re not even that jazzed about happy hour, because all the cheap beer and wine is making you feel like a hungover/headachy mess.

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Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

Vancouver’s Coolest #ChicksWithMixingSticks

womenbartenders

Women bartenders are owning the Vancouver bar scene now with Uva/Bittered Sling’s Lauren Mote representing Canada at World Class in South Africa later this month, and West’s Sabrine Dhaliwal winning the Belvedere Challenge in London recently.  With that in mind, the #ChicksWithMixingSticks hashtag which shines a light on the skills of women bartenders is proving to be the hottest cocktail trend this month. Here are eight of the city’s finest, go, seek them out and say we sent you…  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Coolest #ChicksWithMixingSticks

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

mez8Hot on the heels of Vancouver’s Tequila Expo comes this month’s coolest spirit to have in your glass: Mezcal, the smokey-tasting cousin of Tequila made from the heart of the agave plant. Whether you’re a Mezcal aficionado or brand-new to the trend, here are seven delicious sippers for you to try… and fall in love with.

Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar

Winner of the recent Pelóton Mezcal cocktail contest at the Vancouver International Tequila Expo, Uva’s Katie Ingram romped home with the prize with an innovative creation inspired by the battles of Mexico’s Zapatista rebels. Ask Katie to tell you the epic revolutionary tale which takes in fires, fights and fermenting pineapples to create a pineapple-Mezcal shrub cocktail with a mesquite wood-toasted syrup to round out the flavours. Viva la Piña de la Muerte! Viva Katie! Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

Reflections at Vancouver's Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Image courtesy of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

May is just around the corner, and you know what that means? Patio season, people!

One luxurious spot that has been drawing a healthy amount of cocktail connoisseurs since opening in 2011, is Vancouver’s al fresco rooftop bar and lounge, Reflections. Continue reading:
Reflections at Vancouver’s Rosewood Hotel Georgia Re-Opens for the Much-Anticipated Patio Season

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

Photo credit: Halfrain/Flickr

This month’s hottest trend in a glass landing on new season cocktail menus across the city is Sake. Often believed to be a spirit or a wine, in fact, this delicious beverage is closer to beer than anything else, as it’s fermented with grain not distilled. Sake specialist, Miki Ellis from Aburi Restaurants explains:

“For people who’ve not tried Sake before, Sake cocktails – as long as they highlight the flavours and keep the integrity of the Sake – are a wonderful way to introduce people to it.

For people who have only tried hot Sake, you should know that’s usually fortified and blended with distilled alcohol –which is why you get a burn in the throat when you shoot it and then get a terrible hangover the next day! Sake doesn’t have to be like that and good premium Sake does not have to be expensive. ” Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Sake Cocktails