Archive for December, 2013:
Happy Holidays friends and all the best for 2014 from The Burrard!
It’s December 23rd and with Christmas Eve just around the corner, we bet you’re fingers are chapped and raw from diligently pre-wrapping all of your numerous gifts for your friends and loved ones, because who would every procrastinate on such a joyous and important task? We would, for one. We know you’re really enjoying a break from work, chilling in your pajamas on the couch and searching for the best New Year’s Eve party to attend and how to make this year the biggest and best.
While we have some personal front-runners to recommend, what we really think you should do is get a room and we’ll give you $75. Really. Honest. This is not a joke. We want to give you $75 so you can buy a hotel room starting from $101. It’s such a good offer it’s practically stealing. And we won’t spill the beans if you decide not to tell your significant other. Just book here, take all the credit for being the hot-shot-money-bag they think you are and spend the $75 on a sweet hangover breakfast in the morning with a caesar or two to make the fuzzy head feeling go away. We’ll even point you in the right direction.
If you’re thinking of visiting Vancouver over the next month, chances are your dance card is already pretty full, what with shopping for a Secret Santa gift for Aunt Judy, dealing with your turkey coma, and drawing up a strategy for your New Year’s hangover. But if you’re looking for a diversion, or maybe just something more cultural than your family’s after-dinner game of charades, look no further than this list.
VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Based on a traditional German Christmas market, we love that this annual event gives us the perfect excuse to wander around with a hot mug of wine, shovelling pretzels, gingerbread and sausages in our mouths, and inventing reasons to buy adorable, handmade wooden toys while tipsy-dancing to a swing band.
Through December 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
NYE 2014 WITH ARRIVAL AGENCY
If you don’t already have New Year’s Eve plans, this party will be the big one in Vancouver this year. The respected organizers from Arrival Agency are taking over the event space at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and offering an extravaganza of DJs, performance, art and “spectacle.” Also safe to assume “excess.”
December 31 at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
WINTER SOLSTICE LANTERN FESTIVAL IN YALETOWN
If you’re someone who laments the mass commercialization of this time of the year, this will restore your faith (we’ll be right with you after we’ve stowed all of these shopping bags.) The Yaletown festivities include three drum-lead lantern processions meeting up at David Lam Park for performances and a “Labyrinth of Light.” For those that haven’t spent the last month crafting a lantern, a last-minute workshop is offered earlier in the afternoon.
December 21 throughout Yaletown
“SECRETS OF THE HISTORIC PENTHOUSE NIGHTCLUB” TOUR
Vancouver’s Penthouse Nightclub is the sort of place where you leave the dancing to the professionals, if you know what we mean… Opened in 1947, it’s still a family-run business, and has seen quite the characters slip through those doors for a little titillation over the years. After the tour, enjoy a good ol’ spaghetti and meatballs dinner, and live cabaret show. You can feel wholesome knowing this is a fundraiser for Heritage Vancouver.
January 16 and 23 at the Penthouse Nightclub
We’re kicking off a new series on The Burrard’s blog, introducing you to some of our friends and neighbours. They’re all skookum people to know, smart as all get-out, and opinionated in a totally good way. They know Vancouver inside and out, and each of them have some excellent advice for enjoying Vancouver.
First in our series is Jay Jones from Donnelly Group, a guy who may in fact need no introduction to those who have spent some time warming Vancouver’s barstools. Among the group’s 18 Vancouver hotspots, our favourites include downtown’s brand-new Blackbird, Killjoy – down the road from us in Yaletown, and The Queen’s Republic on Granville Street for no-holds-barred dancing around our purse. Visit any of them and you’ll encounter the fine work executed Mr. Jones and his team.
Where do you work and what do you do there?
I’m Executive Bartender & Brand Ambassador for The Donnelly Group, leading development of our bartenders’ abilities and knowledge, beverage programs, venue management and media development for our broad range of hospitality venues.
How did you find yourself doing this?
I’ve been lucky to spend so many years in hospitality, beverage and related media – my friends at Donnelly Group created a unique position for me to help develop the growth of the company. I get to do work I love and influence so many bartenders and guests’ experiences.
If you’re behind the bar, what should we never order?
My guests should never feel limited in what to order. I’m there to provide hospitality – that can come in to the form of providing guidance and crafting a personalized experience, or simply crafting the best version of the guest’s request that I can possibly make. It’s all about the guests’ interests, not my own.
Have another drink. A hangover is equal parts: self-pity and alcohol deprivation. Have a small drink as soon as you get up the ‘morning-after’ and your system will have a better chance of levelling out. The key is avoiding peaks or valleys in alcohol consumption or avoidance.
Thing that you love about Vancouver?
Everything. If you travel often, there’s no better place to call home. Vancouver has had big-city aspirations, but it will always have a small-town familiarity that makes it special (beyond natural beauty). Oh, and the bar scene is awesome.
Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
The frigging Canucks. But I still love ‘em…
Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
On the right bar stools, with the right bartenders: Uva (Lauren), Yew (Justin), PiDGiN (Robyn), The Keefer (Danielle), West (David), Fairmont Pacific Rim (Grant), MARKET (Roland), The Blackbird (Brad), Blue Water Café (Evelyn), The Shebeen (Randy), Gringo (Shoel), L’Abattoir (Shaun). That’s 12 bars – 2 hours per bar. Easy.
Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Neither. Suit bag and bar kit.
We recently had Max Hartshorne from GoNomad.com stay with us here at The Burrard, and we’re pretty darn happy to share his article with you! Turns out we share the same views on hotel amenities: we’re happy to skip doormen, but no-deal on economising on free wifi and in-room coffee perks. What can we say? We’re with you, Max!
Along with recommending some good value dining spots, Max also gives the thumbs-up to a couple of our favourite Vancouver attractions: Stanley Park – the “amazing 1000-acre park, right smack dab in the urban center,” and the killer combo of an Aquabus ride over the Granville Island followed by an Edible Canada tour of the public market.
Read Max’s full article on GoNomads.com here.READ MORE