Top 10 Reasons to Attend Science of Cocktails on Feb. 4

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Grant Sceney (Fairmont Pacific Rim) presented the Smoked Pineapple Martini at the Science of Cocktails preview event for a handful of special guests. Sceney was named the 2014 World-Class Canadian Bartender of the Year; he then went on to represent Canada in the Diageo World Class Finals against 46 of the world’s best bartenders and accomplished an impressive overall 4th place finish. Photo credit: Christopher Guy

Cocktail connoisseurs rejoice. On Thursday, February 4, 2016, Science World will transform into the largest mixology laboratory in town. There will be plenty of ridiculously cool gadgets to try and unusual yet delightful concoctions to drink. Forget the uptight and boring cocktail parties of yore. This is a high-octane experience that will usher meaning to the words “molecular mixology.” Because science.

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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Science of Cocktails on Feb. 4

Christmas Cocktail Crawl V: Reviving the ‘20s

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Bartender: Micky Valens | Bar: Hello Goodbye

The following article was researched and written by Sonu Purhar and photographed by Nicole Havers.

It’s a special year for Inside Vancouver’s annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl. This December, we commemorate half a decade of refined revelry, carefully curated cocktails… and the exquisite beauty that is drinking.

If these sentiments sound up your alley, go now and re-familiarize yourself with The Roaring ‘20s – an era that axed legalized liquor; increased liquid indulgence via speakeasies and private bars; and inspired an upsurge of curiosity towards spirits, bitters and other alcoholic delights with bartenders exploring how these elements come together in flawless harmony to create a delightfully balanced cocktail.

So – you’ve read up on the ‘20s? Good. Now don your fedoras and fascinators, strap on your suspenders and step with us back in time. We’ll show you seven ‘20s-era cocktails, each with a contemporary twist and all guaranteed to bring out your inner Gatsby. These are damn good drinks – and mighty stiff, to boot – so pace yourself and don’t get zozzled. Let’s get to it.

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl V: Reviving the ‘20s

Eight Awesome Warm Boozy Drinks to Beat Vancouver Grey Sky Blues

Grapes & SodaBye bye blue skies, hello grey. We all knew this was coming but the annual return of ‘Raincouver’ can still feel like a nasty shock, fortunately the city’s hot-shot bartenders have you covered. Nothing spreads seasonal cheer quite like a hot cocktail and we’ve picked seven of our favourites which will take you straight to your happy place. 

Dante’s Handshake at Grapes & Soda

A showstopper of a ‘blazer-style’ drink at G&S, this delicious creation can turn a room full of damp grumpy Vancouverites into an ‘ooh-ing’ and ‘ahhh-ing’ crowd of happy drinkers. A joy-bringing blend of Caribbean rums, salt caramel and Amontillado sherry with just a touch of peat, watching the drink made at table side, as your bartender carefully pours a flaming stream of alcohol between the two copper pots is a total delight. Continue reading:
Eight Awesome Warm Boozy Drinks to Beat Vancouver Grey Sky Blues

Science of Cocktails: Molecular Mixology meets the Laboratory of Libations, Feb 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

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Think molecular mixology, snappy suits and dazzling dresses. For one night only, the Science of Cocktails will transform Science World at TELUS World of Science into Vancouver’s largest cocktail laboratory of the year. Science World is inviting Vancouverites to mix, mingle and be merry, for a great cause. This fundraising event, for Science World’s Class Field Trip Program, boasts uniquely crafted libations from local, award-winning bartenders, along with mouth-watering food pairings, thoughtfully prepared by Railtown Catering. The Science of Cocktails will shake up your world of libations on Thursday, February 4, 2016, from 8pm to 12am.

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Science of Cocktails: Molecular Mixology meets the Laboratory of Libations, Feb 4 (Free Ticket Giveaway!)

Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final

Barate2If you like fun boozy charity fundraisers, then make a note in your diary for Monday 26th October when BC’s biggest bartender contest reaches its last lap at Republic on Granville Street with the grand finale of the Barate Kid Bartending Tournament. Running since March with seven qualifying events across Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria, Barate has the largest cash prize of any contest of its kind in Canada and is a serious test of bartenders’ speed, skill and drinksmanship. We spoke with Gez McAlpine of the Keefer Bar, co-organiser of the event to find out more.

“This is the fourth year that we’ve run the Barate Kid and this year is definitely the biggest so far. Initially we had an invite-only event but it took off and so many wanted to be involved we opened it up to all-comers. Unlike most other bartending contests, this is a lot of fun for the audience too: you won’t find people chatting in hushed voices about bespoke ingredients here, this is all about bartenders competing head to head to make classic cocktails as fast as they can. You don’t even need to wait to see who wins each heat as it’s a tournament-style event with a ‘sudden death’ outcome. Instant gratification!” Continue reading:
Booze! Charity! Bartenders! Make a Date for Vancouver’s Barate Kid Grand Final