Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up

Photo Credit: HBO

Photo Credit: HBO

Westeros comes to Gastown on Tuesday, March 10 from 7 pm at Bambudda when acclaimed San Francisco bartender Matt Grippo brings a Game of Thrones themed cocktail menu pop-up  to the city. “Winter is Coming” at Bambudda will have a special cocktail menu created by Matt and the team from legendary San Francisco bar, the Blackbird. To pair with this, Bambudda’s chef Curtis Luk has designed an All Men Must Dine à la carte bar snack menu. Reservations for “Winter Is Coming” are strongly suggested and can be made either by crow or by telephone at 604-428-0301.  We spoke with Matt to find out more.

So, what inspired this Game of Thrones drinks menu?

I’m a huge fan, and a couple of the other guys at the bar are fans too. We’ve done one-off Game of Thrones drinks before in a menu of 12, then I had an idea to do a 100% Game of Thrones-inspired menu. It was a no-brainer to make it for winter and we launched this menu on December 1st at Blackbird in San Francisco. We thought it would be popular, but it’s really taken off, people seem to get a real kick out of it.  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Bambudda to Host Game of Thrones Pop-up

22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Photo courtesy of BC Distilled

Two words: pace yourself.

With 22 distilleries pouring samples of gin, vodka, and other spirits, this is one event you’ll want to arrive and depart by transit.

B.C. Distilled, which returns this year on April 18, is a great opportunity to have a wee taste of what’s in those big bottles before making a commitment. It brings together 22 of the province’s leading makers of locally crafted spirits, along with a handful of artisanal beverage and food purveyors.

Here’s what will be pouring.

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22 distilleries raise spirits at BC Distilled festival

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try the Super-Hot Savoury Cocktail Trend

Photo Credit: Popsugar

Photo Credit: Popsugar

The savoury cocktail trend as inspired by New York and London bartenders, including drinks-slinging legend Tony Conigliaro at The Grain Store, who championed drinks such as the Pumpkin Bellini, is still going strong with vegetal and herbacious drinks appearing on fashionable cocktail bar menus across the globe. But West coast drinkers don’t need to jump on a plane to try this drinks trend, because clued-up Vancouver bartenders are pushing savoury flavours and drinks which are full to the brim with veggies and herbs.

You can check this trend out in bars across the city, here are seven great cocktails to get you started.. and if you’re wondering whether any of these drinks count as one of your daily servings of veggies, um, we’re gonna say yes, so cheers to healthy drinking!  Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try the Super-Hot Savoury Cocktail Trend

Christmas Cocktail Crawl IV: Smoke and Mirrors – Part I

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By Sonu Purhar
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

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
Performing arts, historical walking tours, diving, circus, food festivals… this weekend is full of things to do for everyone in the family.  Check out our top picks for events happening around Metro Vancouver! Continue reading:
Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend