Rise and Sip! Vancouver Pubs to Open Early for Olympic Hockey Games

hockeyDuring the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, bars were full of cheering fans during Canadian hockey games.

Recreating that same excitement during the Sochi Olympics won’t be easy, but several local pubs are giving it their best shot.

The Donnelly Group’s Vancouver pubs will be opening bright and early at 8 a.m. much of the rest of this week, so fans can watch Canada’s men’s hockey team face off live in Sochi. Participating pubs in Vancouver include the Lamplighter, Library Square, the Academic, Metropole, Blackbird and other Donnelly Group pubs across the city.

And, in case you’re wondering, you can get your first beer with breakfast at 9 a.m., when the games start and the pubs will begin serving alcohol.   Continue reading:
Rise and Sip! Vancouver Pubs to Open Early for Olympic Hockey Games

Things To Do In Vancouver This Family Day Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
It’s Family Day weekend!  Olympic viewing parties, lanterns, theatre, art, photography, food… So much to do, so little time.  Read on for our top picks for events happening around this special weekend in Metro Vancouver Friday through Monday!

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Family Day Weekend

Canadian Olympic Men’s Hockey Team Announced

Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo holds up his gold medal after victory over the USA in Vancouver. Photo: postmedia.com

Team Canada goalie Roberto Luongo holds up his gold medal after victory over the USA in Vancouver.
Photo: postmedia.com

Team Canada’s hockey roster for the Sochi 2014 Olympics was announced today:

Roberto Luongo
Carey Price
Mike Smith
Jay Bouwmeester
Drew Doughty
Dan Hamhuis,
Duncan Keith
Alex Pietrango
P.K. Subban
Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Shea Webber
Jamie Benn
Patrice Bergeron
Jeff Carter
Sidney Crosby
Matt Duchene
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Chris Kunitz
Patrick Marleau
Steven Stamkos
Rick Nash
Jonathan Toews
Patrick Sharp
John Tavares

Sochi House: Russia’s pavilion strikes gold with fans

Sochi House is among the most pimped-out pavilions at the Games: But is the wait worth it?

While Russia has been lagging sorely behind in the medal count (only one gold after a full week of action), its Sochi 2014 pavilion in downtown Vancouver has been a runaway fan favorite at these Olympics.  Today, I decided to see what all the excitement was about.

It’s never a good sign when you can’t tell where the line starts.  I got to the Russia House about 15 minutes before its noon opening – big mistake.  The queue was already snaking back and forth in giant bends in front of the iconic dome of the Science World building, which Russia has converted into Sochi House.  Total wait time from line-up until entry: 2.5 hours.

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Sochi House: Russia’s pavilion strikes gold with fans