Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens

Photo credit: vancityhotshots | Flickr

Photo credit: vancityhotshots | Flickr

Even after 75 years, it’s still one of the best views in Vancouver.

The Roof bar and restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, which goes back to 1939 but has been closed since the 1980s, is officially open for business once again. Situated on the upper floors of the hotel, beneath the iconic green copper roof, the revamped venue opened its doors on Valentine’s Day.

Inside, visitors have a chance to step back into Vancouver’s swanky – and steamy – past. Originally dubbed the Panorama Roof, the bar and restaurant was once the hottest spot in town for getting down with big-band music and seriously boozy cocktails. Legendary Vancouver band leader Dal Richards got his start there back in 1940 and helmed the house band for the next 25 straight years.

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Swanky Blast from the Past: Roof Bar at Hotel Vancouver Reopens

Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver

With Kate and William set to tie the knot in less than a month, royal wedding fever hasn’t exactly gripped Vancouver.  In fact, depending on whom you talk to, reactions range from mild interest to complete indifference.

Nonetheless, Vancouver’s British roots do run deep.   Some 36 percent of Vancouverites trace their roots to the British Isles.  Fish-and-chips joints abound.  And, on certain stretches of West Vancouver seawall, especially from Ambleside to Dundrave, you’ll likely hear plenty of British accents as UK expats and retirees take their morning constitutionals.

With that in mind, I thought I’d try to round-up royal wedding events taking place in and around Vancouver.  There’s just one problem – I wasn’t able to find a whole lot.  So I need some help.

What are you doing for the royal wedding on April 29?  If you know of activities going on around town, please leave a comment below.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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Royal Wedding Events in Vancouver