CHOOSE-YOUR-OWN-COCKTAIL ADVENTURE: NEW COCKTAIL BAR CONCEPT ‘CHICKADEE’ TAKES FLIGHT THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 12
First-of-its-Kind, Reduced-Contact Experience Pops Up in Juke Fried Chicken in Vancouver’s Chinatown
An exciting new pop-up that reintroduces cocktail fans to fun nights out and an array of reduced-contact, ‘choose-your-own-cocktail’ experiences takes flight when the team at Juke Fried Chicken (182 Keefer Street) transforms their dining room into ‘Chickadee’ beginning Friday, June 12.
Incorporating the new reality of going out in the age of COVID-19, Chickadee allows small parties of guests to customize and order from an array of handcrafted signature and classic cocktailsusing an online platform and downloadable app. Guests can choose their preferred spirit family and brand from more than 50 different labels or opt for ‘dealer’s choice’ drinks that can be tailored to suit their preferred style (neat, rocks, short, stirred, etc.) and flavour profile (citrus, bitter, sour, smoky, etc.).
A number of health and safety measures have been put in place in accordance with BC’s Phase Two reopening protocols, including the installation of movable partitions between guests and staff, constant sanitizing of common-touch areas, bar tools and terminals and use of personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and face shields at all times.
Chickadee represents the latest project for partners and industry veterans Justin Tisdall and Chef Bryan Satterford — who launched Juke in 2016 as well as West End plant-based comfort food hotspot Beetbox in 2019 — and Juke Bar Manager Sabrine Dhaliwal, who brings her award-winning cocktail acumen to the forefront with this new concept.
Dhaliwal — who joined the team at Juke last fall after stints at some of Vancouver’s best bars including West, UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar and Pourhouse — puts her own signature stamp on the Chickadee drink menu via such unique shaken-up and stirred-down contemporary cocktail creations as:
Beefeater gin, black lime, black sesame, lime juice, egg white
Flor de Caña 5yr rum, turmeric coconut cream, pineapple juice,
Before the Storm
Amaro Averna, Amontillado sherry, Beefeater gin, Malagasy Chocolate bitters
Wild Turkey bourbon, green Chartreuse, charred pineapple, galangal, lime bitters, Ardbeg rinse
Fans of Juke Fried Chicken’s signature menu of chicken and ribs, snacks and sides need not fear the new direction for Juke’s dining room — its crowd-pleasing southern-fried fare will still be available for delivery, takeout and Chickadee patrons to partake in from its popular takeout counter located in the adjacent space.
“We’ve been working on this concept for a while, and the recent reimagining of dining rooms throughout the industry gave us the perfect opportunity to fine-tune and launch Chickadee,” says Tisdall. “We’re excited to give people a taste of a new handcrafted, customized cocktail experience with their health, safety and social distancing concerns front of mind at all times.”
Chickadee reservations can be made via barchickadee.com or jukefriedchicken.com, with limited walk-ins also available. Guests can also use the online platform to inform staff of specific allergy information or celebration requests when pre-ordering.
ABOUT CHICKADEE | A wholly new concept to Vancouver located in the Chinatown district, Chickadee reintroduces cocktail fans to fun nights out with friends by offering a list of contact-free, ‘choose-your-own-cocktail’ experiences that allows guests to pre-order and customize drinks via its website and downloadable app. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to late, Chickadee is the latest project for partners and industry veterans Justin Tisdall, Chef Bryan Satterford and award-winning bar personality Sabrine Dhaliwal and allows spirit lovers to customize nights out with their health, safety and social distancing concerns front of mind. A full menu of Juke’s popular, Southern-fried chicken and ribs, snacks, salads and sides is also available for ordering and pickup from Juke’s takeout window located adjacent to Chickadee. | barchickadee.com
182 Keefer Street, Vancouver BC V6A 3B3 | 604-336-5853 | Open Tuesdays to Sundays starting Friday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to late.
Media release and images provided by Kate Blythe, SMC Communications Inc.