Cocktails are Served with a Side of Nostalgia at these Vancouver Lounges

The exquisite House of Faberge at H Tasting Lounge.

Vancouver may be a young city, but a select few of its countless bars are rife with historical inspiration. Pull up a seat at one of the lounges below, and prepare to be submerged in the storied pasts of bygone movie stars, royalty and even an aviation pioneer – and yes, we have cocktail suggestions, too!

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Cocktails are Served with a Side of Nostalgia at these Vancouver Lounges

Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Two new one-act musical plays look at that most historic of Vancouver hotels, the Sylvia.

In the heart of the West End’s English Bay neighbourhood, the Sylvia was built in 1912. In 1954, it opened Vancouver’s first cocktail bar, the Tilting Room; until 1958, it was the tallest building in the West End. The Sylvia Hotel cat, Mr. Got To Go, inspired three popular children’s books.

Two Views from the Sylvia is the title for the evening of the two musical one-acts. They run Nov. 8-12 at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island (and not, unfortunately, at the Sylvia itself. Then again, parking would be a nightmare).

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Historic West End hotel gets its time in the spotlight with two new one-act musical plays

Historic Vancouver: Sylvia Hotel Turns 100

Photo credit: Stephen Dyrgas | Flickr

Photo credit: Stephen Dyrgas | Flickr

The views from Vancouver’s English Bay are hard to resist: ocean, snowcapped mountains, a cruise ship or two headed to sea.  But turn back toward shore and you’ll be rewarded with something more: a mini lesson on Vancouver history.

Beach Avenue is lined with architecture that marks Vancouver’s march from West Coast outpost to cosmopolitan mecca.  There’s a mock-Tudor-style apartment block, bleak ’70s-era concrete towers, gleaming new condo high-rises with mirrored glass and – most impressive of all – the eight-story, ivy-covered Sylvia Hotel.

It was 1913 when the Sylvia first opened her doors as a 77-unit apartment block.  At the time, Beach Avenue was still lined with houses, an idyllic residential suburb removed from the bustle of downtown.

A century later, English Bay has been swallowed by downtown Vancouver but the Sylvia  remains almost unchanged – a graceful reminder of a simpler time. Continue reading:
Historic Vancouver: Sylvia Hotel Turns 100