Vancouver’s Burrard Hotel Hosting One Big Retro House Party

Photo sourced from The Burrard Hotel

Photo sourced from The Burrard Hotel

Vancouver’s Burrard Hotel is about to go Hotel California.

The kitschy hotel in the heart of downtown (notable for its many palm trees) will be commandeered by musicians, artists and skateboarders on June 15 for Hotel Takeover: a one-night blow-out party.

Three full floors of the hotel (24 of its 72 rooms) will be transformed into edgy, interactive art installations by visual and sonic artists.  Meanwhile, in the palm-lined inner courtyard, one rager of a party will be going off.

Local bands and DJs will take the stage, as guests enjoy drinks and dine on Lebanese cuisine catered by local restaurant Nuba.  Headliners for the event are HUMANS, Vancouver’s high-energy electro-soul rockers.

The hotel even co-opted its parkade, transforming the space into a lower level garage party.  Action down there centres around a skateboard exhibition, organized by Red Bull. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Burrard Hotel Hosting One Big Retro House Party

Vancouver Restaurant offers 1962 throwback menu

Photo credit: Robin Rowell | Flickr

In the Vancouver restaurant scene, 50 years is an eternity.  Even phenomenal, palate-thrilling eateries seem to have a lifespan of just a few years (R.I.P. Lumiere, Refuel).  For a restaurant to survive and thrive for half a century is no small accomplishment.

That’s exactly what Hy’s Encore steakhouse has done this year.  And it’s marking its long reign over Vancouver’s steak-and-potatoes scene with a retro menu that’s a throwback to its early days.

Remember Steak Diane?  I don’t.  But apparently it was big back in the early 1960s, when Hy’s first opened its doors on Hornby Street.  You take a filet mignon, then finish it table-side with sauteed mushrooms, Dijon mustard, veal demi-glace and – to top it all off – a brandy flambe.  Hmm . . . guess they weren’t exactly counting calories back in the day.  And that’s just one of the retro dishes on Hy’s 50th anniversary menu, offered throughout October. Continue reading:
Vancouver Restaurant offers 1962 throwback menu

A blast from the past: check out this retro Vancouver video clip

My friend and fellow travel writer Randall Shirley posted a vintage newsreel clip about Vancouver on Facebook and it’s too fun not to share further afield.

Sorry I couldn’t make it appear here–embedding iFrames in a WordPress post is beyond my skill set–but this link will take you directly there: Rockies Flight to Vancouver.

Vancouver was evidently quite the hottie in her youth–but she’s definitely aging well! Enjoy the trip down memory lane…