Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

YEW’s decadent Buttered Rum (courtesy Leila Kwok).

Sugar, spice and everything nice – the holidays wouldn’t taste as sweet without the palate-popping flavours of peppermint candy canes, creamy hot chocolate and spicy gingerbread. When these treats are enhanced by rum, sparkling wine, chocolate liqueur and other boozy indulgences, the yum factor rockets to a whole new level. Inside Vancouver’s seventh annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl unearths some of the tastiest candy-inspired cocktails in the city so you, dear reader, can easily find a festive brew to suit your tastes. For more cocktail inspo, view previous versions of the Crawl here. Happy holidays!

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl VII: Candy Cocktails

Inside Vancouver’s Sixth Annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl Goes Global

Photos edited by Nicole Havers

Manhattan. The Toronto. French 75. The Vancouver (natch). Wherever your imbibing pleasures take you, we guarantee you’ve bumped into a global cocktail.

But the world is a big place. And that’s why, for this year’s Christmas Cocktail Crawl, we’ve travelled from Vancouver to Peru, London, Paris, New York and Toronto – all without leaving our glasses. From newly crafted originals to lesser-known standbys, here are five global cocktails guaranteed to satisfy your wanderlust.

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Inside Vancouver’s Sixth Annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl Goes Global

For Carnivore’s Only: A Quick Guide to Vancouver’s Best Steakhouses

photo: provokestudios.com

Black + Blue | photo: provokestudios.com

The city by the sea is no slacker when it comes to steaks, chops and ribs. With access to premium Alberta beef and organic cuts from the nearby Fraser Valley, Vancouver boasts steakhouses that combine exquisite cuisine with the refined ambience and service.

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For Carnivore’s Only: A Quick Guide to Vancouver’s Best Steakhouses

For Carnivores Only: Inside Gotham steakhouse

Photo credit: Gotham Steakhouse

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on Vancouver steakhouses, and readers called me out for some notable omissions.  The one favourite that came up in comment after comment was Gotham.  I decided to check it out last weekend.  I wished I hadn’t waited so long.

Maybe I missed it because it’s nearly hidden in plain sight, in the downtown business district near Seymour and Dunsmuir Streets.  From the outside, all you see is a sign.  Inside is a whole different story.

25-foot ceilings.  Hardwood wainscoting.   Red velvet banquettes.  Pianist playing away in the corner.  Gotham is old-school and elegant, like a classic gentleman’s study.  The main dining room – set with white tablecloths and heavy silver – is open and lively, with quieter tables upstairs and a big bar along one side of the restaurant.

But what about the food?

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For Carnivores Only: Inside Gotham steakhouse