Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

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The following article was submitted by Tourism Vancouver staffer, Sonu Purhar.

Fancy infusions, liquid nitrogen and inventive ice… these days, it’s par for the course to find your coupe filled with a (damn delicious) work of art – but let’s not forget from whence they came. Yes, I’m talking about The Classic Cocktail.

As with any historical certainty, no one is certain when and where the cocktail originated. What we can agree on is that these stimulating brews traditionally consisted of spirits, sugar and bitters. By the mid-1800s, liqueur had joined as the fourth horseman. And shortly thereafter, the first genuine “cocktails” were born, including our friends the Sazerac, Old Fashioned and Manhattan. If it weren’t for these forerunners, you’d be sipping on bitter bathtub gin.

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Elegant and Intoxicating: An Ode to Classic Cocktails in Vancouver

5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

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It’s been a year and a half since I left my beloved adopted home of Vancouver for my hometown of Toronto. It was a tough choice to make, as I’d never imagined I would leave a place I felt so enamoured by.  But it was work related decision and an offer that would have been silly to turn down. I made a commitment to return as often as I could, which is why I’ve been here since mid-June.

A few months ago, I decided to take advantage of the freedoms of freelancing and spend some time out West during its prime season: Summer. I arranged a month’s worth of house and cat sits in different parts of town, packed a small suitcase and booked a one-way ticket.

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5 ways Vancouver has changed since I left

Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

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The microbrew revolution may have started in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, but it’s reaching a peak north of the border in Vancouver.

Across the city, dozens of brewpubs and distillers offer visitors a chance to sip and savor artisan suds and spirits. Meanwhile, a new city bylaw allowing onsite lounges at breweries is opening up even more possibilities.

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Microbrew Crawl: 5 Places to Enjoy Craft Beer and Spirits in Vancouver

Talent Time’s five year anniversary special

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Photo credit: Lindsay Elliot @Lindsaysdiet.com

Where else in Vancouver can you find a table tennis demo from US Open champion, three-year-old singing dynamo and an Australian Vanguard of Vaudeville…all in the same night? Why, Paul Anthony’s Talent Time of course. The city’s most bizarre, memorable and unique talent show is celebrating its fifth year anniversary on the February 6th. Continue reading:
Talent Time’s five year anniversary special

RappBattlez at Little Mountain – Saturday February 2

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Improvisers Ryan Beil and Taz Van Rassel

 

The feud between Eastcoast/Westcoast hip hop artists in the 90s is probably one of the most legendary rap battles to date, but the one being hosted this Saturday at Little Mountain Gallery is set to be a lot less dreary and is bound to produce a lot more laughs. Local improvisor Taz Van Rassel has borrowed RappBattlez from the popular Toronto comedy night, in which performers take on hip hop personas and battle it against one another with their rhymes.

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RappBattlez at Little Mountain – Saturday February 2

Ping Pong Club Night at the Biltmore – Saturday, January 26

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A few years ago, ping pong suddenly became really popular outside of the rec room. It was the considered to be the next big ping, if you will. A young, hip demographic of people in New York, Toronto and LA started flocking to ping pong socials in the basement of bars and clubs. Actress Susan Sarandon became an outspoken advocate of the sport, saying it “cuts across gender and age and body type, and you can play it until you die, unlike other sports that you have to abandon at a certain point.” Here in Vancouver, the Biltmore is getting in on the fun with their monthly Ping Pong Club Night.

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Ping Pong Club Night at the Biltmore – Saturday, January 26

Get this: Vancouverites are really funny people

Comedy cheerleaders, let’s make some noise. I CAN’T HEAR YOU!

This city’s top comedic talent has crowded the nominations at the upcoming Canadian Comedy Awards, which take place next week in Toronto. While the award show is notorious for focusing on acts based in central Canada (read: Toronto), Vancouver’s contenders this year are pretty darn strong. Let’s review.

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Get this: Vancouverites are really funny people