Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist, shows his visual arts side at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

With Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour stopping in Vancouver this weekend (Sept. 21 & 22, as well as the 24th), we’re turning our attention to the singer’s long-time collaborator. From now until Oct. 6, the Fairmont Pacific Rim is showing art by John’s chief lyricist, Bernie Taupin.

The show represents the Western Canadian premiere of Reflections: The Art of Bernie Taupin, an exhibition featuring 25 works by the visual artist and world-renowned songwriter. Find out more below, including the specialty cocktails that the hotel’s mixologists have cooked up.

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Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s lyricist, shows his visual arts side at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour

Coal Harbour is the perfect neighbourhood to explore on two wheels (Tourism Vancouver/Hubert Kang).

Although Coal Harbour is situated in central downtown, the neighbourhood is surprisingly quiet. Starting at Canada Place and stretching towards Stanley Park, Coal Harbour is bordered by Burrard Inlet to the north and West Georgia Street to the south. The district encompasses a fairly even mix of business and residential buildings, and is marked by residents and visitors strolling the seawall, lounging at cozy cafes and restaurants, snapping selfies against a scenic marina backdrop and waving hello to cute-as-buttons harbour seals.

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Vancouver Neighbourhoods: Coal Harbour

5 Vancouver Spas That Will Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays

Duck in from the dizzying hustle and bustle of the holiday season for one of these spirit soothing spa treatments.

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5 Vancouver Spas That Will Save Your Sanity Over the Holidays

Introducing the King of Cognacs: Now Available in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

Grant Sceney | credit: Fairmont Pacific Rim

Grant Sceney | credit: Fairmont Pacific Rim

The following article was written by Tourism Vancouver’s in-house cocktail enthusiast, Sonu Purhar.

With a grand title like “Louis XIII Remy Martin Champagne Cognac”, it’s no wonder this rare variety of brandy is referred to as the King of Cognacs. There are a finite number of venues in the world granted the honour of carrying the magic elixir, each designated a “Louis XIII Fortress” – and recently, the Fairmont Pacific Rim became the first hotel in Canada to achieve the esteemed designation (the only other venue in Vancouver carrying Louis XIII is Hawksworth Restaurant).

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Introducing the King of Cognacs: Now Available in Vancouver at the Fairmont Pacific Rim

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

Christmas Cocktail Crawl V: Reviving the ‘20s

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Bartender: Micky Valens | Bar: Hello Goodbye

Photographed by Nicole Havers.

It’s a special year for Inside Vancouver’s annual Christmas Cocktail Crawl. This December, we commemorate half a decade of refined revelry, carefully curated cocktails… and the exquisite beauty that is drinking.

If these sentiments sound up your alley, go now and re-familiarize yourself with The Roaring ‘20s – an era that axed legalized liquor; increased liquid indulgence via speakeasies and private bars; and inspired an upsurge of curiosity towards spirits, bitters and other alcoholic delights with bartenders exploring how these elements come together in flawless harmony to create a delightfully balanced cocktail.

So – you’ve read up on the ‘20s? Good. Now don your fedoras and fascinators, strap on your suspenders and step with us back in time. We’ll show you seven ‘20s-era cocktails, each with a contemporary twist and all guaranteed to bring out your inner Gatsby. These are damn good drinks – and mighty stiff, to boot – so pace yourself and don’t get zozzled. Let’s get to it.

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Christmas Cocktail Crawl V: Reviving the ‘20s

Where to Drink Vancouver’s Six Best Classic Bourbon Cocktails Right Now

As the season shifts from summer to fall, it’s time to switch up fresh summer flavours for cosy fall sippers; in other words, embrace bourbon. And because everything tastes better when you know more about it, we asked Joel Virginillo, Reserve consultant and ambassador, Wirtz Beverage to explain a little more. “Bourbon is the definition of American whiskey: bold, boisterous and complex on the palate.  Bourbon was historically made in Kentucky, but recently the laws were relaxed and now any state can produce it as long as it follows the steadfast rules of two years minimum aging in brand new oak barrels and it needs to be a minimum 51% corn based with no charcoal filtration.”

So now you know what you’re drinking, here’s six classic Bourbon cocktails to try in six awesome Vancouver bars, ready, steady, cheers!  Continue reading:
Where to Drink Vancouver’s Six Best Classic Bourbon Cocktails Right Now