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If you’re planning to check out the Chinese New Year Parade this Sunday, February 18th (map), here are some of the best spots for happy hour and drink specials after the festivities! The parade starts at 11 AM, so it will definitely be time for a caesar or craft beer with lunch. Kicking off at the Millennium Gate on 28 W Pender St. (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor St.), and ending near Andy Livingstone Park, the Chinese New Year Parade is a great excuse to get out and celebrate the year of the dog!
Happy hour 2 PM – 5PM every day with $4/$6 dollar beers, $5 house wines, and $2 off appies. $8 double caesars on Sundays.
Located on Abbott near Tinseltown and this weekend’s parade route, Black Lounge offers a modern and inviting decor with a food and drink menu to match. It’s an ideal spot to relax with a drink after work, on the way to Rogers Arena, or for a weekend brunch.
Happy hour 3 PM – 6 PM every day with $3.50 beers, $4 wine, and $4 highballs. $6.25 double caesars on Sundays.
This neighbourhood pub was constructed during Vancouver’s pre-World War I building boom. London Pub, with its exposed brick arches, floor to ceiling heritage windows, creative draught beer line and inviting Pub atmosphere makes this one one of the most unique Heritage Pubs in the city.
Happy hour all day Sunday with $5 beers, $5/$8 wine, $4/$7 highballs, and $ cocktails.
Chef Lisa Henderson has created a Southeast Asian inspired menu, while head bartender Kristi-Leigh Akister uses the regions ingredients, sourced from neighbouring Chinatown, to create her cocktails. They have a Chinese New Year menu this weekend, making it a great stop after the parade.
Gong hei fat choy!
Dine Out Vancouver Festival from Jan 19th – Feb 4th, 2018
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Forget Christmas, Dine Out Vancouver is a foodie’s dream come true! Every year hundreds of restaurants and bars graciously offer 3 course menus at a ridiculous price! The idea is to get you out of your comfort zone and try that fancy spot that you’ve walked by countless times.
Dine Out Vancouver Festival is about community, collaboration, and sharing Vancouver’s culinary story with the world. Dine Out showcases everything from neighbourhood food tours to lunch-hour food truck fests, and from BC VQA wine tastings to global guest-chef collaborative dinners.
Don’t miss out on this once a year celebration of Vancouver’s diverse and unique culinary scene. Get your reservations in NOW! For a complete list of restaurants and tantalizing options visit – dineoutvancouver.com
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Produced by Tourism Vancouver, Dine Out Vancouver Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food and drink. Attracting more than 100,000 locals and visitors each year, the festival takes over the city with 17 days of culinary events, prix fixe menus at 280-plus restaurants (at $20, $30 or $40 CAD price points), as well as special hotel packages and rates. The festival promotes local and regional ingredients, the wines of British Columbia, and the city’s exceptional culinary talent.
Join the conversation about Dine Out Vancouver Festival 2018 via social media @DineOutVanFest with hashtag #DOVF – Enjoy!
Lucas Pavin, Festival Coordinator
Christmas is right around the corner, and you probably need a break from holiday shopping and planning. So why not get out this week for some Vancouver holiday events with your friends and family! Here are four events in the lower mainland to check out –
When: Wednesday, December 20, 4-7pm
Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers is hosting a holiday social, and it’s one you don’t want to miss. Bring a few friends and join the talented Collin Bullock for some live music and craft beers. You can sip on some mulled wine and then get your annual photo taken with Santa Claus. Did we mention there’s free food?
When: Thursday December 21, 8-9pm
Cost: $25.00 – Tickets available here
Have you ever tried liquid nitrogen ice cream? Share a unique holiday experience this Thursday by raising your dessert game with some liquor infused dessert from 77K Freeze. For $25, they’re offering personalized Christmas desserts with liquid nitrogen using a wide range of flavours, liqueurs, and alcohols.
When: Friday December 22, 8-12
Mariner Brewing is hosting its first ever ugly sweater party! Make sure to wear an ugly sweater to be entered to win prizes and receive $1 off beers from 9-12pm. Also, Mariner Brewing is revealing three new beers on Friday, if you show up between 8-9 pm you can to try all three for just $3 each!
When: Saturday December 23, 7pm-late
The Cobalt & The Boxcar present a Four Winds Festivus. Join event host Nick Pound for an evening of Festivus miracles, airing of grievances, feats of strength, comedy, and more. Four Winds is featuring more than 16 classic and rare brews for you to try. Admission is free with a donation to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Shelter. For a complete list of accepted donations, visit the Facebook page here.
Boo! Here are a few spooky events to check out for Halloween 2017 in Vancouver!
When: Tuesday Oct. 31st – Door @ 8:30
Where: The Biltmore Cabaret
Why: Become an honorary member of “The Loser’s Club” as the Biltmore will be transformed into the town of Derry. Party below the city level where it really gets LIT!
When: Tuesday Oct. 31st – Door @ 10pm
Where: Celebrities Nightclub
Why: Tuesdays wouldn’t be Tuesdays without Celebs. $3 highballs will make your Halloween so memorable you won’t even remember it the next day!
When: Saturday Oct. 28th – Door @ 9:00pm
Where: The Waldorf
Why: Named for the iconic East Van institution’s spooky vibe and mysterious past, this Halloween party combines world-renowned talent, three floors of music, theme rooms, incredible cocktails and surprises to create an original Halloween experience that is sure to leave you with chills.
When: Sunday Oct. 29th – Door @ 8:30pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club
Why: Featuring Merkules and legendary Vancouver DJ Vinyl Ritchie, Fortune is sure to be as hype AF! $1000 to the best costume so come dressed to impress.
With the 36th annual Vancouver International Film Festival running from September 28th to October 13th, 2017 – naturally there will need to be plenty of food and drink options for the hoards of cinephiles, celebs and industry folk alike. VIFF has everyone covered this year in teaming up with some of Vancouver’s best restaurants and bars – including #VIFFTails, featuring film inspired cocktails to celebrate!
While you’re attending the festival, be sure to check out some of these motion picture perfect cocktails! Follow along and post your own pictures with #VIFFTails on social media.
Ingredients: Beefeater gin, green Chartreuse, lime, egg white, cucumber, cilantro
An old Chambar “cult classic”, the Death Proof, which takes its name from the 2007 Quentin Tarantino slasher movie. Inspired by Tarantino’s cameo scene where he brings over a round of Chartreuse shots for the lead actresses and says “Chartreuse! The only liquor so good they named a colour after it.”
Where: Chambar | 568 Beatty Street | 8am-Late
Ingredients: Peppermint Vodka, Creme de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur, and Blue Curaçao Liqueur.
Summer Isles orange flavors mixed with the finest chocolate essences from across The Narrow Sea. Shaken on ice in the North and kissed by a White Walker.
Where: EXP Bar and Restaurant | 309 West Pender Street | 5pm-1am
Ingredients: 1.5 oz Famous Grouse, 1.0 oz Cinzano Orancio, 0.75 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco, spray with lemon oil, garnish lemon peel
The Royal Tenenbaums
Where: Homer St. Cafe | 898 Homer Street | 11.30am-11pm
Ingredients:45ml El Gobernador pisco, 15ml Giffard Abricot du Rousillon, 30ml orange juice, 20ml lemon juice, 2 dashes Bittered Sling Clingstone Peach bitters, Hibiscus drizzle
Inspired by the 40th anniversary of this movie! A 70s inspired disco cocktail from the golden age that will make you dance like John Travolta.
Where: L’Abattoir | 217 Carrall Street | Happy Hour: 5.30-6.30pm
Ingredients: London Dry Gin, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Syrup, Ginger Liqueur, Cinnamon Syrup, Ginger Beer, Aromatic Bitters, Lime Bitters
Where: Long Table Distillery | 1451 Hornby Street | Happy Hour: 3-5pm
Ingredients: Gin, Lime Juice, Celery Juice, Agave Syrup, and garnish with a “Nuba”sized cucumber
Where: Nuba | 207 West Hastings Street + 508 Davie Street | Lunch: Monday to Friday, 11.30am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5pm to last seating at 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 5pm to last seating at 10pm
Ingredients: Gin, Benedictine, Cointreau, Pineapple, Cherry Brandy, Angostura Bitters and Grenadine
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Where: The Union | 219 Union Street | Monday to Thursday, 5pm-12am; Friday, 5pm-1am; Saturday, 10am-1am; Sunday, 10am-12am | Weekend Brunch: 10am-2.30pm
If you’re feeling a little peckish, VIFF has partnered with some of Vancouver’s best restaurants to host you before or after your show. Enjoy a fantastic meal during your night out at the movies, with a range of options from public houses to fine dining.
Donnelly Group, VIFF Official Hospitality Partner
Visit any Donnelly Group Public House from Sept 28 to Oct 13 and enjoy an exclusive VIFF 2 course prix-fixe menu for $19. Visit donnellygroup.ca to book a table and view the menu.
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-1am, Fri. 11:30am-2am, Sat. 4pm-2am
Blue Water Cafe & Raw Bar, 1095 Hamilton Street
Hours: Dinner: 5pm-11pm, Bar: 4.30pm-1am
Chambar, 568 Beatty Street
Hours: 7/7 days, 8am-Late
CinCin Ristorante + Bar, 1134 Robson Street
Hours: Dinner: 5pm-11pm, Bar: 4.30pm-Late
Joe Fortes, 777 Thurlow Street
Hours: 7/7 days, 11am-11pm
L’Abattoir, 217 Carrall Street
Hours: Open nightly. Happy Hour: 5.30pm-6.30pm daily (bar seating only)
Nuba, 207 W Hastings Street / 508 Davie Street
Hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday, 11.30am-4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am-4pm. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday, 5pm to last seating at 9pm; Friday and Saturday, 5pm to last seating at 10pm
During VIFF, show your ticket at Gastown and Yaletown locations to receive 10% off your meal.
Safe to say we’re looking forward to all of the Vancouver International Film Festival activities, celebrating creativity and innovation on the screen. Be sure to check out viff.org & @viffest on social media for more information on tickets and festival events!
photos and information via viff.org
Happy St. Patrick’s Day Vancouver! Today everyone is Irish, and of course there are countless deals on Guinness and Jameson at almost every pub and bar in town. With the green beer ready to flood the streets, here are some of our favourite Vancouver Irish Pubs to celebrate —
216 Carrall Street, Gastown
Vancouver’s longest running Irish Pub kicks off the list. Our good friends over at the Blarney Stone are already in a full-on Irish jig, hosting St.Paddy’s Day celebrations all week long. Although this is usually a super packed place to be on the 17th, this legendary establishment is good for a pint or two any day of the week!
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (4PM-7PM) feat. $4 Jameson, $5 Guinness & $6 Glenlivet
654 Nelson Street, Downtown
If you’re looking for a traditional style pub with a modern touch, look no further than Doolin’s Irish Pub. In the heart of the Granville Entertainment district, this spot is great for catching almost all types of European sports on their multiple TV’s. Football (Soccer – MLS, Premier League), Football (NFL), NHL, Rugby, and of course plenty to drink with a full bar and over 20 beers on tap!
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3PM-6PM) / Everyday (10PM-12AM) feat. $6 Import Pints, $5 Budweiser & Doolin’s Ale Pints, $5 House Wine (5oz), $4 Premium Highballs
210 Carrall Street, Gastown
Located in historic Blood Alley, the Irish Heather is an intimate and cozy place for a beer, shots or a great meal before your night begins. Winners of the 2015 International Irish Whiskey Bar of the Year, this little spot has a big heart and great atmosphere, in one of Vancouver’s must visit neighbourhoods.
Happy Hour: Everyday (3PM-6PM) feat. $4 Jameson, $5 Guinness, $5 Kronenbourg 1664, $5 Russel Blood Alley Bitter, $5 Pucker Up Grand-Dad (Bourbon, Pickle Juice)
601 Stamps Landing, False Creek
1055 Canada Place, Coal Harbour
5990 University Boulevard, UBC
With three locations scattered around the city, Mahony & Sons is owned and operated by the very Irish family for which it gets its name. Live music and events are a common occurrence at the Mahony establishments, while bringing excellent service and a friendly atmosphere in a way only the Irish can deliver!
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday (3PM-6PM) feat. $4 Jameson, $5 Craft Beer (Pints & Bottles), $6 House Red & White Wine (6oz), $6 Highballs (2oz)
3617 West Broadway, Kitsilano
A neighbourhood Irish Pub boasting live music and traditional pub offerings, the Wolf & Hound takes its name from Irish musician turned Vancouverite Danny Burns’ band – the Wolfhound. If you’re looking for a good place to hide from the yogis, hear some great Irish roots music and grab a few local craft brews, Wolf & Hound has you covered.
Happy Hour: Monday – Thursday (9PM-Close) feat. $3.95 ALL Well Drinks, $3.95 Craft Draft (16oz sleeves)
More Irish Pubs in Vancouver…
1033 Granville Street, Downtown
1601 Main Street, Mount Pleasant
800 Granville Street, Downtown
1774 West 7th Avenue, Kitsilano
466 SW Marine Drive, South Vancouver