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

Cocktail Art! and Dinner By Design Return for Vancouver’s Largest Cocktail Party

Vancouver’s love of stylish fundraising, excellent cocktails and fine dining comes together next week with the third annual Monogram Dinner by Design event at IDSWest. Taking place over two nights, this swanky designer bash raises funds for CANFAR and Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Fourteen top-tier West coast designers will let their imaginations run wild to create an extraordinary dining experience, and former Whitecaps captain, Jay Demerit is part of the team of celebs and VIPs creating outstanding pop-up cocktail bars.

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Cocktail Art! and Dinner By Design Return for Vancouver’s Largest Cocktail Party

Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

photo: Pourhouse

photo: Pourhouse

The following article was written by Tourism Vancouver’s Sonu Purhar and photographed by Tourism Vancouver’s Nicole Havers.

It’s been a long day, maybe a hard one. A frantic client called and kept you on the phone for hours. You were late for an important meeting and your manager sighed in a way that made your blood run cold. Your Instagram post from last night only got three Likes. Life’s rough. And you’re not even that jazzed about happy hour, because all the cheap beer and wine is making you feel like a hungover/headachy mess.

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Classy and Cost-Effective: An Ode to Apéritif Hour

Vancouver’s Coolest #ChicksWithMixingSticks

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Women bartenders are owning the Vancouver bar scene now with Uva/Bittered Sling’s Lauren Mote representing Canada at World Class in South Africa later this month, and West’s Sabrine Dhaliwal winning the Belvedere Challenge in London recently.  With that in mind, the #ChicksWithMixingSticks hashtag which shines a light on the skills of women bartenders is proving to be the hottest cocktail trend this month. Here are eight of the city’s finest, go, seek them out and say we sent you…  Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Coolest #ChicksWithMixingSticks

Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails

mez8Hot on the heels of Vancouver’s Tequila Expo comes this month’s coolest spirit to have in your glass: Mezcal, the smokey-tasting cousin of Tequila made from the heart of the agave plant. Whether you’re a Mezcal aficionado or brand-new to the trend, here are seven delicious sippers for you to try… and fall in love with.

Uva Wine and Cocktail Bar

Winner of the recent Pelóton Mezcal cocktail contest at the Vancouver International Tequila Expo, Uva’s Katie Ingram romped home with the prize with an innovative creation inspired by the battles of Mexico’s Zapatista rebels. Ask Katie to tell you the epic revolutionary tale which takes in fires, fights and fermenting pineapples to create a pineapple-Mezcal shrub cocktail with a mesquite wood-toasted syrup to round out the flavours. Viva la Piña de la Muerte! Viva Katie! Continue reading:
Seven Vancouver Bars to Try Super Cool Mezcal Cocktails