Tag: Cocktails

SHURAKU

833 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-6622 Web: http://www.shuraku.net/ Advice: If dining with friends, try a few dishes and share. Go for the food and sake, not the dessert. I love the room and the energy of this Izakaya eatery that plays to…

GLOWBAL GRILL

1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-602-0835 Web: www.glowbalgrill.com Twitter: @glowbal_group Advice:  Dine early on Sunday nights if you are planning to have the Prime Rib as they serve it until they run out. If you are looking to only have…

HAPA IZAKAYA

1193 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-681-4272 Web:  http://www.hapaizakaya.com/ Twitter: @hapaizakaya Advice: Be adventurous and take your servers recommendations. When you enter the staff will all yell “Irasshaimase” don’t be worried it means “come in”! Izakaya is popular in Vancouver and…

Justin Taylor’s Olympic Cocktails

Justin Taylor is a Bartender at YEW Restaurant & Bar in the Four Seasons Hotel downtown Vancouver, where he has been mixing drinks for the past 2 years. Prior to coming to Vancouver he was a Bartender in Toronto, he…

BAO BEI

163 Keefer Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-688-0876 Web: http://www.bao-bei.ca/ Twitter: @baobei1 Advice: Good place to go with a friend so you can share dishes.  No reservations. In this vibrant room, diners are treated not only to a very cool room, Bao Bei…

1181 LOUNGE

1181 Davie Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-3991 Web: www.tightlounge.com Advice: Usually very busy after 9pm, go early if you want to talk with friends. No cover charge and everyone is welcome. Located in the heart of Davie Village, this bar/lounge has…

Ryan Steele Mixes Cocktails

Ryan Steele is a Bartender at 1181 on Davie in Vancouver’s Westend neighborhood, where he has been mixing drinks for the past few years. As I stood at the bar talking with Ryan, I asked him to create a spectacular…

Celebrate the Games in Vancouver with Olympic Cocktails

As the 2010 Olympic Games approach, a few Vancouver restaurants and bars are getting into the Games-time spirit with their own Olympic-related beverage promotions. Here are some of the players, I had a chance to meet Bartender, “Jetside Johnny” at…

KINGYO

871 Denman Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-608-1677 Web: http://www.kingyo-izakaya.com/ Advice: The specials often sell out early, they are popular. One of the best places in the city for Izakaya, the menu features a great selection of appetizers Japanese tapas along with…

GRUB

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 4328 Main Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-876-8671 Web: http://www.grubonmain.ca/menu.html Advice: Bring a mini-flashlight to view the menu. I finally made a visit to Grub a place that is fairly close to me in the neighborhood that…

SIP RESTO LOUNGE

1117 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-687-7474 Web: www.siplounge.com Twitter: @SIPLoungeVan Advice: Sit up a front at the kitchen bar if your are dining solo and want to watch some kitchen action. Love the vibe of the room, with the open…

Hopscotch

One of the largest festivals of its kind in Vancouver, this Grand Tasting brought together a full spectrum of companies showcasing the top brands in the business from Scotch to Whisky to Beer and more. This is the 13 annual…

GEORGE LOUNGE

1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-628-5555 Web: www.georgelounge.com Twitter: @GeorgeLounge Advice: Sit at the bar if wish to experience the wonderful madness happen in front of your eyes. Impressive happening ultra lounge and bar scene with a very cool vibe,…

Shaun Layton’s Creme Brulee Cocktail

Shaun Layton is a Bartender at George in Yaletown, as my friend Sheryl and I were sitting at the bar talking with Shaun and tasting some great dishes off the menu. Sheryl challenged Shaun to creating a Creme Brulee Cocktail,…

VOYA RESTAURANT

  UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1177 Melville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-639-voya Web: http://www.voya-restaurant.com/ Twitter: @voyavancouver Advice: Have the bartender or server guide you through the wine and cocktail list before you order. In this stunning room, diners are treated…

Princess Poppy Punch by Charlotte Voisey

Charlotte Voisey, Global Brand Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin Princess Poppy Punch 1 bottle Hendrick’s 1/2 bottle Green Chartreuse 1/2 bottle Aperol 1 litre passion fruit juice Splash clementine juice Splash fresh lime Splash simple syrup 1 bottle sparkling rose wine…

THE DIAMOND

6 Powell Street, Vancouver Tel:  n/a Web: www.di6mond.com Advice: Order a couple of different items if you are hungry as they are fairly small. Love the room with their exposed brick walls, this is a shining star for cocktails and…

VOYA LOUNGE

UPDATED 3/4/12 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 1177 Melville Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-639-voya Web: http://www.voya-restaurant.com/food-and-drinks/lounge Advice: DJ spins live music on Thursday from 4 – 8pm. And Friday & Saturday, 10:30 pm – 2am Located in the Loden Hotel, Voya is lounge…

THE REFINERY

1115 Granville Street, Vancouver Tel:  604-687-8001 Web: http://www.therefineryvancouver.com/ Twitter: @TheRefineryVan Advice: Don’t be afraid to experiment on what goes in your cocktail, if what you desire is not on the cocktail menu, ask the bartenders to make your creation. Mixing…

THE FLYING TIGER

UPDATED 7/30/14 BUSINESS HAS CLOSED 2958 W 4th Ave, Vancouver Tel: 604-737-7529 Web: www.theflyingtiger.ca   Advice: Make a reservation, take a long a friend or two, order a variety of dishes to share.     From the moment I entered…

POURHOUSE

162 Water Street, Vancouver Tel:  604-568-7022 Web: http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/ Twitter: @pourhouse_van Advice: If you are thinking of dining at their Chef’s Table (holds 6 people), one seating each night and must be booked at least 48 hours ahead, although since it…

Interview with Jay Jones

Pourhouse | Vancouver Had an inspiring talk recently with Jay Jones who is one of the top bartenders in Vancouver and one of the founding partners of the new public house/restaurant Pourhouse in Gastown. What drew you to restaurants and…

CHAMBAR

562 Beatty Street, Vancouver Tel: 604-879-7119 Webs: http://www.chambar.com Twitter: @chambar Advice: Make an advance reservation thru Open Table, try to get a table towards the rear of the restaurant. This is a long time favourite restaurant of mine and I…

Interview with Colin Turner

CinCin | Vancouver I understand you won 2nd place in Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Yes, what a fantastic competition! I had such a great time, and really enjoyed the opportunity…

Interview with Shaun Layton

George Ultra Lounge | Vancouver I understand you won Canada’s first ever Beer Mixology Competition held at The Refinery on August 17, 2009. Would you consider yourself a Bartender or a Mixologist or both? And why? Definitely a Bartender!!  I’m…

CAMPAGNOLO

1020 Main St, Vancouver Tel: 604-484-6018 Web: www.campagnolorestaurant.ca Twitter: @Campagnolomain Advice: Park around the back, entrance is on Main street. I have been here for lunch and dinner and my preference is the dinner menu. The menu, crafted by Executive…

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