MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: BITTERED SLING

MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: BITTERED SLING BRINGS ITS SPECIAL-EDITION TALES OF THE COCKTAIL TRAVEL PACK NORTH OF THE BORDER   Exclusive Gift Pack Includes Four Custom Bitters Inspired by Tales of the Cocktail Tour Stops     Just in time for holiday gifting, Bittered Sling Bitters is following the successful U.S. launch of its limited-edition Tales of the Cocktail Travel Pack by … Read moreMAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT: BITTERED SLING

Vancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge Award Winners

Vancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge Award Winners   The  Vancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge was a success featuring 4 creations from restaurants around Vancouver and Richmond. Each restaurant featured their Craft Beer Cocktail creation from October 1-25, 2015. Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each … Read moreVancouver Foodster Craft Beer Cocktail Challenge Award Winners

East Van Vodka Aged to Perfection 

Odd Society Spirits Celebrates 2nd Birthday with Barrel-Aged Vodka   Odd Society Spirits is commemorating their second birthday with the release of their first barrel-aged vodka on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Made by hand in East Vancouver from twice-distilled BC-grown malted barley, and aged in whisky barrels for four months, Odd Society’s Aged Vodka is warm, creamy and smooth … Read moreEast Van Vodka Aged to Perfection 

Private Holiday Events at Boulevard

    Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar is the ideal venue for events of all sizes, featuring inspired seafood-focused cuisine from Chef Alex Chen paired with a wide selection of wine and craft cocktails.     Our gorgeous private dining area is available for celebrations and gatherings for 40 guests seated, or 80 … Read morePrivate Holiday Events at Boulevard

A classic beauty enjoys a stylish update

Gotham Steakhouse & Bar launches fresh new look, decadent new menu items Since opening in 1999, Gotham Steakhouse & Bar has been Vancouver’s finest and most-awarded steakhouse. Guests have returned again and again to enjoy the best Prime Grade steaks and classic cocktails in a stunning Art Deco-inspired atmosphere.     This fall, Gotham is pleased … Read moreA classic beauty enjoys a stylish update

BACONFEST AT URBAN DIGS FARM SEPTEMBER 26TH: 6PM – 10:30PM

Head to Urban Digs Farm for their 6th annual celebration of everyone’s favourite food group…… BACON! So much baconey goodness! Only $5 general admission (free for members) gets you in and covers your entertainment. Still Spirits will be performing their punk/bluegrass magic so bring your best dancing shoes. Bacon inspired dishes and drinks for $5 a plate/glass … Read moreBACONFEST AT URBAN DIGS FARM SEPTEMBER 26TH: 6PM – 10:30PM

LONDON TOWN: EXPERIENCE THE ALL ENGLAND CLUB

Torafuku’s Max Borrowman captures top spot in the Global Beefeater MIXLDN Bartender Competition Regional Final   “I truly had fun creating this cocktail for the Beefeater MIXLDN competition and so honoured to be selected for the final round in Toronto,” explains Borrowman. “Since the theme was the evolution of London and its cocktail culture, there … Read moreLONDON TOWN: EXPERIENCE THE ALL ENGLAND CLUB

A New Unadulterated B.C. Spirit is Scheduled to Hit Top Shelves this Fall 

Odd Society Spirits Unleashes The Mongrel      Odd Society Spirits is set to launch Mongrel on Thursday, September 17, 2015. The Odd Society distillery and cocktail lounge will be carrying Mongrel along with select restaurants, bars and private liquor stores across the province. For a spirit to be declared a ‘whisky,’ it has to spend at least … Read moreA New Unadulterated B.C. Spirit is Scheduled to Hit Top Shelves this Fall 

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar marks its 60th Anniversary with “Celebrate with Hy’s” Contest

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar is proudly celebrating its Diamond Anniversary this fall. The restaurant chain, founded in 1955 in Calgary by Hy and Barbara Aisenstat, has been Canada’s premier steakhouse brand ever since. To celebrate turning 60, Hy’s is inviting guests to “Celebrate with Hy’s” on social media. Having played host to so many … Read moreHy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar marks its 60th Anniversary with “Celebrate with Hy’s” Contest

#TBT @Sam_WineTeacher reviews BC Distilled Festival

Bartenders who weren’t working were probably in the inner bowels of the CBC on Saturday afternoon, April 18th, having a sneak peek; make that a sneak sip, of some of the finest distilled spirits BC has to offer. This was the second annual BC Distilled Festival, designed to highlight BC’s micro-distilleries. Their ranks have doubled … Read more#TBT @Sam_WineTeacher reviews BC Distilled Festival

   Genuinely Irish Definitely Local 

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub to open late August in Vancouver    A ‘hundred thousand welcomes’ come to Main and Terminal with Dubh Linn Gate Vancouver, offering the newest gathering place for the neighbourhood. Opening late August, the Sea-to-Sky region’s celebrated Irish pub will open its doors to a brand new location in the heart of Southeast … Read more   Genuinely Irish Definitely Local 

Summer Time, Sangria Time @Sam_WineTeacher

The Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge Awards are just in. This event involved nine sangria creations from restaurants in Vancouver, North Vancouver, Richmond and Langley. In the media judges’ category, the results were: First place was a tie! The Apron (Richmond) with their Solstice Sangria, described as a bright refreshing white sangria with fresh herbs and … Read moreSummer Time, Sangria Time @Sam_WineTeacher

Embracing the Summer of Spritz

Summer is fleeting so when the sun is sizzling my skin and I’m wiping the sweat from my brow rather than complain I’m open to cooling suggestions. One welcome recommendation this year comes from the iconic Italian aperitif Aperol in the form of its Aperol Spritz cocktail. Festive with its bright orange colour, the Aperol … Read moreEmbracing the Summer of Spritz

Vancouver Foodster announces the Sangria Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Sangria Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Sangria creations into this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their sangria creations on their menu from July 8-30, 2015. A few of the unique creations in this challenge: Catch 122 The White Dragon The White Dragon Price: $12 … Read moreVancouver Foodster announces the Sangria Challenge

Locally Made Vodka Coolers Sure to Quench Your Summer Thirst

Percy’s Old Fashioned Lemonade and Percy’s Punch Now Available With the hot summer weather in full swing what could be more refreshing than Old Fashioned Lemonade with a twist? For the more adventurous try the delicious flavours of mint, blueberry and ginger. Throw in the premium vodka and you’ve got the perfect summer beverage! Percy’s … Read moreLocally Made Vodka Coolers Sure to Quench Your Summer Thirst

BEST OF CLASS: BITTERED SLING’S LAUREN MOTE CROWNED 2015 DIAGEO WORLD CLASS CANADA BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

It’s been a banner year for Lauren Mote, as the Bittered Sling Bitters co-proprietor and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar manager was just crowned the 2015 Canadian Bartender of the Year in Canada’s biggest and most celebrated bartending competition, Diageo World Class Canada. Hot on the heels of her Bartender of the Year award at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards … Read moreBEST OF CLASS: BITTERED SLING’S LAUREN MOTE CROWNED 2015 DIAGEO WORLD CLASS CANADA BARTENDER OF THE YEAR

Top Shelf at BC Distilled 2015

Top Shelf at BC Distilled   The Results are in for the 2015 BC Distilled Best of Show  On Saturday, April 18, over 600 local spirits enthusiasts sampled their way through the province’s finest offerings at BC Distilled, British Columbia’s premier micro-distillery festival. With two sold out public events, fourteen unique vendors to the previous year and a pop-up Legacy Liquor … Read moreTop Shelf at BC Distilled 2015

 Blueprint Expands Colony Bar to New Main Street Location

Neighbourhood bar will offer welcoming, comfortable vibe for Main Street locals Blueprint is proud to announce the opening of the company’s second Colony Bar, at 2904 Main Street. Expanding off the beloved Kitsilano location, Colony Main Street will open its doors with the same loyalty to giving Main Street locals a true neighbourhood spot to … Read more Blueprint Expands Colony Bar to New Main Street Location

Lauren Mote Named Bartender of the Year at 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

BEST IN SHOW: LAUREN MOTE NAMED BARTENDER OF THE YEAR AT 26TH ANNUAL VANCOUVER MAGAZINE RESTAURANT AWARDS Bartender, Sommelier and International Spirits Diplomat Becomes Only Second Woman To Claim Prestigious Award   Bittered Sling Bitters co-proprietor and UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar manager Lauren Mote celebrated her 33rd birthday in fine style last night at the 2015 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, … Read moreLauren Mote Named Bartender of the Year at 26th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards

Springtime and it’s Oyster Orgy in the Okanagan

April 22 to 25 I love Spring and its palette of green and blushes of blossoms that paint the landscape against the Robin’s-egg blue sky. I love the tangible sense of hope and anticipation as the Okanagan valley sweeps away the dust of the off-season. I love oysters, their salty smidgen of vast oceans and … Read moreSpringtime and it’s Oyster Orgy in the Okanagan