There’s no shortage of things to do in Vancouver this August! It’s been beautifully hot this summer, so we’re torn between soaking in the rays outside, and seeking refuge in the air-conditioning while we take in a show or two. Whichever you choose, this city will keep you entertained!
FOOD CART FESTIVAL
We all know food tastes better when it comes from a truck, but what happens when you want kimchi tacos and your friend wants fried rice balls? You can leg it a few blocks and hit up a couple of different trucks, or head to Vancouver’s weekly Food Cart Fest which brings together 20 of the city’s favourite mobile food-dispensaries in the one spot! Along with filling your belly, you’ll enjoy DJs, a craft market and ping pong.
Every summer Sunday at Olympic Village
“LEGALLY BLONDE” AT THEATRE UNDER THE STARS
Just like kimchi tacos, it turns out that theatre is even better al fresco too! Everyone’s favourite pink-wearing law student Elle Woods hits the boards in Theatre Under The Stars’ production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical.” The company, which performs in Malkin Bowl, smack-dab in the middle of downtown Vancouver’s Stanley Park, is family friendly, and is also putting on a production of Shrek: The Musical on alternating nights.
Odd nights in August through August 23 in Stanley Park
BABES & BATHERS: HISTORY OF THE SWIMSUIT
From “wool to wow,” this stylish show at the maritime museum offers a fascinating look at how far swimsuits have come, melding technology and fashion. The show covers swimwear from the 1890s through to the 1980s, and along with the main show, make sure you check out the sister exhibition of swimsuit mail-order catalogues from Vancouver’s Woodward’s department store
Through November 2 at Vancouver Maritime Museum
SUMMER NIGHT CONCERTS AT THE PNE
We call it “The PNE,” which stands for “Pacific National Exhibition,” but it’s basically our biggest provincial agricultural fair. But one of the most outstanding things about the PNE is the Summer Night Concerts – free with your general admission ticket, you can pull up a seat in the beer garden and enjoy shows from ABSOLUTE LEGENDS such as Joan Jett (Aug 17), Air Supply (Aug 20), Gipsy Kings (Aug 23), Boyz II Men (Aug 28) and Glass Tiger (Sept 1). Boom! [Drops mic.]
August 16 to September 1 at The PNE
We’re so excited to be included in is Portland Monthly’s feature, “The Perfect Weekend in Vancouver B.C.” As you’ve probably guessed, we love Portland almost as much as we love Vancouver (which is a bucket-load). It’s a city that does good times, great eats, and all-out delicious weirdness in a way that we can’t get enough of. So we’re especially flattered that Portland Monthly mentioned us as not only a stylish place to lay your head, but also as offering “a taste of Portland funkiness.”
And now, The Burrard is no youth hostel, but if you’re looking for a great deal on a downtown Vancouver boutique hotel, we’re picking up what you’re laying down. Which is why we are flattered to be included in an article on the Sherman’s Travel site called “How to Visit Vancouver on a Budget.” We probably would have picked a word other than “budget,” since that implies a certain no-frills, sensible aesthetic and The Burrard is all about fun and awesome amenities. But we certainly like the shout-out to our “chic, mid-century modern rooms” and great downtown Vancouver location.
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Vancouver is a city that loves a great brunch. Whether it’s after a big night out, or a big sleep-in, brunch always feels like the right choice to us. Which is why The Burrard’s front desk gets asked over and over again, “Where can I find the best brunch in Vancouver?”
Eggs, crispy potatoes, some fresh-from-the-oven baked goods, maybe a meaty morsel or two, quite possibly something a little boozy. Throw in some good conversation or at the very least, a spirited re-hashing of last night’s antics, and we’re sold! So where should you go for the best brunch in Vancouver? The answer depends on what you did last night. Here are our top six picks, certain to cover most situations.
What you did last night: Had an early night so you’d be in good shape for your morning run
Brunch Destination: Heirloom, 1509 West 12th Ave
The fact that Heirloom is a vegetarian restaurant is actually beside the point. What they do is produce brunch magic, with items like their mushroom and leek benny and buckwheat pancakes with cashew cream. Lots of gluten-free options, plus it opens at 9am and is a short, scenic jog over the Granville Bridge.
What you did last night: Serious dining, followed by a nightcap that came in vintage glassware
Brunch Destination: MARKET by Jean-Georges, 1115 Alberni St
This may well be the swankiest brunch in town, especially if you can get a table on their covered patio. Their “Bubbles, Beats & Brunch” menu takes all three of those things seriously: order a glass of Louis Roederer Cristal to wash down a dozen oysters, and toast the live DJ.
What you did last night: Can’t remember
Brunch Destination: Score on Davie, 1262 Davie Street
If you can’t remember what you got up to last night, the only thing you really need to know about Score on Davie is that they will serve you a Caesar garnished with a cheeseburger, pork slider, chicken wings, a hot dog, onion rings and a brownie for dessert. Checkmate.
What you did last night: A thorough crawl through Vancouver’s finest craft breweries
Brunch Destination: Medina, 556 Beatty Street
One of Vancouver’s coolest brunches, Medina delivers on both ambience and really damn tasty food. With a bit of a Middle Eastern influence, you’ll find excellent egg dishes, but don’t miss their signature Belgian waffles with milk chocolate lavender dipping sauce. And in August they’re moving to 780 Richards Street, which is even closer to The Burrard!
What you did last night: Danced your face off at Celebrities
Brunch Destination: The Elbow Room Cafe, 560 Davie Street
Known as Vancouver’s original temple of “eggs and abuse,” this is no place for princesses. Expect to get your own coffee refills, and be served standard diner fare with a side of sass. Seriously, if you don’t finish what’s on your plate, you’ll need to make a donation to charity.
What you did last night: Had a sleep-over of the adult variety
Brunch Destination: Tap & Barrel, 1 Athletes Way and 1055 Canada Place
Assuming that “the morning after” inspires a desire for romantic selfies and scenic smooches rather than self-loathing, the Tap and Barrel is your spot. Both locations, one at Olympic Village and the other at Coal Harbour, serve up a memorable brunch with stellar views.
Photo by Erica Firment, via Flickr.
Commitment-phobes, you might want to keep scrolling. Sure, we love a one-night stay as much as the next person: the thrill of new sheets, finding where the hairdryer is hidden, discovering a new brand of shampoo. We get it. But there’s nothing like the charms of a long-term hotel relationship where you’re comfortable enough to unpack your bags, plug in all of your gadget chargers, and put your razor in the shower.
We think long-term relationships should be encouraged, which is why we’re offering a special offer: book three nights in one of The Burrard’s modern-retro hotel rooms and we’ll give you a 4th night at 40% off. Nothing tricky here, just a good deal on a downtown Vancouver hotel stay. Book by July 31 for stays through until September 30, 2014. Rooms start at just $159/night, and this is one relationship where baggage is welcome. Click here for more info and to book.READ MORE
With our retro-cool rooms and funky courtyard, you’re probably not exactly surprised when we say we’re design nerds here at The Burrard. I mean, if you’re looking for a downtown Vancouver hotel that checks off boxes on your design list, then we have what you’re looking for. So with this in mind, we’re avid readers of Gray Magazine. If you haven’t discovered it yet, it’s devoted to design within the Pacific Northwest, which is to say, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia. Seriously, this magazine gets us hot and bothered over bathroom taps.
Anyway, their latest issue is devoted to travel, so we’re flattered to be included in their article, “Hotspots: The ultimate design connoisseur’s guide to the Pacific Northwest.” It looks at must-sees (and must-stays) in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and we’re in great company!
Read the full issue of Gray below via their digital Issuu platform. The article starts on page 23.READ MORE