Get Cozy this Winter at Vancouver’s Heated (and Covered!) Patios

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Photo Credit: Glowbal Restaurant Group

Baby, it’s cold outside! But thanks to awnings, heaters and cozy blankets, patio season is still alive and well at many restaurants Vancouver. So cozy up – here’s a list of eateries and bars with outdoor where you can enjoy Happy Hour or eat a hearty meal without catching a chill!

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Get Cozy this Winter at Vancouver’s Heated (and Covered!) Patios

VanDusen Glow in the Garden Opens October 19

Are you looking for something different to do this Halloween for a spooky date night or as a family with young children? VanDusen Glow in the Garden opens next week and tickets are selling fast!

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VanDusen Glow in the Garden Opens October 19

4 Unique Vancouver Date Night Ideas in March that You’ll Both Love

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Baby it’s cold outside, so check out these awesome date night ideas (all indoors, thankfully)

It may be tempting to stay inside this month and just veg out on the couch. But, nothing feels quite as good as getting out and about and having a fun story to talk about the next morning. If you’re looking for a few ideas to keep date night interesting, March in Vancouver has a host of events that you’ll both love. Plus, they’re all budget-friendly!

Whether you’re single, looking for double-date inspiration, or just trying to find something new to do with your love, check out one (or all) of these ideas below!

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4 Unique Vancouver Date Night Ideas in March that You’ll Both Love

Get AMPED at Science World After Dark (For Adults Only!)

Science World After Dark Vancouver

Image courtesy of Science World

If you’re too busy being an adult all day, it’s time to let your inner child come out and play at Science World After Dark on Friday, November 15th.

Perfect for date night, or just for a fun thing to do with friends, Science World After Dark is a bi-monthly event that provides exclusive adult-only programming without any youngsters hanging around and hogging all the cool stuff.

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Get AMPED at Science World After Dark (For Adults Only!)

VSO Triumphantly Opens 2011/2012 Season

Photo: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Last night I had the great pleasure of seeing the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s (VSO) 2011/2012 Opening Weekend concert: Jim Kimura Parker Plays Rachmaninoff. Parker, an internationally-acclaimed pianist who has played twice for Queen Elizabeth II and is an Officer of The Order of Canada, is a born-and-raised Vancouverite (though he now lives in Houston). His return to Vancouver with the VSO was absolutely triumphant: at last night’s concert, the packed crowd at the Orpheum gave him a three-minute standing ovation!

Every year, my partner and I make it a priority to see at least one concert (if not more) at the VSO. We’re huge fans of classical music in particular—though the VSO does a much wider variety of performances than just the classics (for example, there’s their widely-popular A Traditional Christmas concerts every December)—and have always been utterly impressed by the artistry of our home-town symphony. Last night was no exception. In addition to ably accompanying Parker’s brilliant rendition of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, the VSO brought the house down with a powerful performance of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.

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VSO Triumphantly Opens 2011/2012 Season

West’s Bartender Extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk & the Art of the Original Cocktail

West Restaurant's David Wolowidnyk & his Japan-inspired original cocktail. Photo: Dana Lynch

When I was in my early twenties, cocktails were just mixed drinks to me, a way to indulge in alcohol that felt grown-up, even though I was usually just ordering mid-nineties college-girl staples like Ameretto Sours and Cosmopolitans.

Call it the wisdom that comes with age, but I view cocktails very differently now. My cocktail palate has grown more sophisticated (though I’m still working at improving it) and I can now appreciate the art of the cocktail, the way a truly accomplished bartender and mixologist can create layers of flavour to make a beverage that is a unique taste sensation, a drink that stands on its own as its own gastronomical experience.

Skeptical that a cocktail can be all that? Then I know a man you need to meet:  West Restaurant + Bar’s bartender extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk, a master in the art of the cocktail.

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West’s Bartender Extraordinaire David Wolowidnyk & the Art of the Original Cocktail

Free Dinner at Milestones on Wednesday

Amidst the excitement surrounding Dine Out in Vancouver, this great deal has gone pretty much unnoticed.  Tomorrow (Wednesday, April 28) is Free Date Night at Milestones Bar + Grill, the popular casual dining spot with multiple locations in and around Vancouver (see here for a complete list).  According to the Milestones’ website,  if you order any meal tomorrow from 4 p.m. until closing, your date can dine for free.

This is the second year that Milestones has held the Free Date Night event.   The term “date” is used pretty loosely.  Any combination of two people qualifies: couples, spouses, even just friends (no romantic attraction required).  The promotion applies to appetizers, entrees and desserts: Buy one and your “date” gets a second one of equal or lesser value for free.

The promotion is part of a whole range of date-themed events held at Milestones, including Wednesday Date Night (dinner for two for $50, featuring a shareable appetizer, two entrees and a shareable dessert).

Remy Scalza