Archive for May, 2014:
June is when Vancouver takes it OUTSIDE! If you’re looking for things to do when you’re in the city in June, you’re going to have to slop on some sunscreen, find the shades and wear the comfy shoes. There are some notable exceptions, of course, but June is the month when we start to get our summer on!
HONKY TONK SATURDAYS AT FOX CABARET
Staying out until 4 am is a thing of the past for some of us, so when we see the words “early show,” we take note. Vancouver’s alt-country rocker Rich Hope has built a cult-like following, and his monthly “Honky Tonk Saturdays” at Mt. Pleasant’s Fox Cabaret are our idea of a good time. Doors open at 7 pm with the show starting at 8 pm; factor in an après-concert cocktail or two and you can still be in bed in time to catch Weekend Update.
June 7 at The Fox Cabaret
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER NIGHT MARKET
Located just south of Vancouver in the suburb of Richmond, the International Summer Night Market will bring back memories of that post-college trip bumming around Asia, when your idea of dinner was something from the “deep-fried things on sticks” category and a frosty bottle of Singha. Along with an array of stalls selling everything imaginable, they also have awesome entertainment and events including a scooter rally and hip hop dancers.
Through September 14 in Richmond
CAR-FREE DAY VANCOUVER
Exactly what it sounds like, Car-Free Day Vancouver sees several of the city’s neighbourhoods stage community festivals and take over the streets. Each has a different flavour, but expect to see street-side stages, food trucks, neighbourhood vendors, lots of people hanging out in their ‘hood, and every non-vehicular form of transportation imaginable.
June 15 in the West End, Main Street and Commercial Drive neighbourhoods
SOUTH GRANVILLE ARTWALK
The Shaughnessy stretch of Granville Street (just south of the bridge) has been known as “Gallery Row” since the 1960s with good reason. For the annual ArtWalk event, 18 of the area’s private galleries will throw open their doors for a day of artist talks, exhibitions and a little wine and cheese. Works range from emerging artists to seasoned masters, and span all mediums. Spend the day walking the route, or just pop by for an hour. It’s all good with them.
June 21 on Granville Street
It was only a couple of years ago that most Vancouverites thought a “growler” referred to some sort of cantankerous wildlife attacking the dumpster in your back alley. But thanks to the work of this month’s “Guy Next Door” and his cohorts, the city’s craft beer scene has gone from niche to Main Street while still retaining its credibility. May 30 marks the start of the fifth annual Vancouver Craft Beer Week, of which The Burrard Hotel is the official hotel sponsor. So we thought this would be the perfect time to chat with one of the founders of the event, Chris Bjerrisgaard, and get his picks on what to fill your glass with while you’re in Vancouver.
Where do you work and what do you do there?
Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Co-Founder & Marketing Director
How did you find yourself doing this?
Back in 2009, a rag-tag group of misfits decided it would be awesome to try and put together a beer week to support the emerging craft beer scene. In May 2010 we held the first VCBW and although much has changed over the years, the company is still going strong.
If we’re buying you a beer, what should we get you?
For a while I was really all about import products (esp. U.S. craft beers) as they had a bit of an edge when it came to innovation. Since then the scene has exploded and I’m really hyped on the products coming out of Central City Brewers + Distillers, Four Winds Brewing, Parallel 49 Brewing Company, and a whole slew of new breweries opening or in planning. Needless to say it’s exciting times in the B.C. beer scene! With that in mind, right now I’m drink a lot of Red Racer ISA because it’s easy on the liver, alongside whatever cool new large format offerings are out from P49 and Four Winds.
Morning-after? If you’re really slick you’ll opt for the night before. The best possible things you can do to fight the hangover are eating something and washing it down with some electrolyte beverage. In a pinch sports drinks help, but if you can avoid the sugar go with some Pedialyte or something along those lines. If you do this before bed you’ll avoid having as rough a feeling when the birds start singing. Wash – rinse – repeat when you wake up for best results.
Thing that you love about Vancouver?
There is no place like Vancouver on a sunny day. You can experience pretty much anything you want. You can go enjoy the outdoors, be it the mountains or the beach, or just sit on a patio and drink the heart out of an afternoon.
Thing that drives you crazy about Vancouver?
Depending on where you are in Vancouver the people can be a bit standoffish. I suppose it comes with the territory in a city that has so much money and a large wealth gap. People don’t want to trust each other, so when they find a clique they tend to stick to it. Maybe that’s why I love VCBW so much, it sure seems like all kinds of people can come together over love of great beer.
Someone’s visiting Vancouver for the first time and has just 24 hours. How would you suggest they spend them?
Depending on the time of year you’ll need to spend part of the day out and about – hike The Chief, go to Whistler, hit up Spanish Banks, or take a ride on the Seawall. Once the afternoon rolls around find yourself a spot for a drink and see where it takes you. If you’re like me it’ll probably take you to Gastown, Chinatown, or Main Street – but really it’s hard to go wrong here!
Backpack or wheelie suitcase?
Ahhh, I learned the answer to this question six years ago after I spent a couple weeks bumming around Northern Europe with a few buddies. You see, I had a backpack and they all had roller bags. Two weeks of partying, hungover train rides and short haul flights made me hate that backpack. I wished for nothing more than the ability to roll that heavy-ass thing behind me towards the next destination. Roller bag, clear winner, hands down.
You’ve Googled your heart out, booked the flights and asked your mom to dog-sit. That’s right, you’re heading to Vancouver this summer! In that case, we’re tickled pink to bring you a limited-time Vancouver hotel deal, just in time for your vacation planning. Book your stay at The Burrard through beVancouver and you’ll get a $25 Amazon gift card, along with a free room upgrade and free parking. You also get free wifi, but at The Burrard we’ll always give you free wifi because that’s pretty much a God-given right. But we digress…
Rooms start at just $149/night based on double occupancy, and are fully refundable up to 7 days prior to arrival. There’s only a limited number of these packages available, so book ASAP for a stay up until the end of summer. Seven days out from your visit, you’ll be sent an Amazon promo code to redeem for $25 credit. Simple!
Now the fun part – deciding what to do with your Amazon credit! Here are three of our favourite Vancouver guides to get your started.
Drinking Vancouver: 100+ Great Bars in the City and Beyond
Whether you’re looking for a top-notch cocktail or artisanal brew; somewhere to get your day-drinking on or somewhere to stumble into late at night, this guide is our go-to for making sure our glass is full.
Exploring Vancouver: The Architectural Guide
We love that this guide takes a serious look behind Vancouver’s many architectural styles, including the unique heritage buildings in Chinatown through to Arthur Erickson’s modern concrete masterpieces.
City of Glass
This is not a guide, but it will sure help you understand Vancouver a whole lot better. Written by local legend Douglas Coupland, this is a glossary for all that makes the city awesome and weird.
Now, we meet plenty of folks visiting Vancouver, looking for a place to stay outside of the norm. They’re like you… they want a boutique hotel, with a dash of funky character, lots of cool-kid credibility and amenities, but without feeling like they’re throwing wads of cash into an oscillating fan. Turns out the media are the same as you and me (shocker!), and they’ve been heaping praise on the l’il ol’ Burrard recently.
First up is the fantastic UK-based travel magazine, Escapism. If you haven’t heard of it, you’re missing out! Describing itself as “travel inspiration for the urban globe trotter,” this is our sort of magazine. Even if you’re not in the UK, you can read their monthly edition online via Issuu. Their Vancouver story is part of their regular “Foodism” section, and covers the city’s hot craft brew and food truck scene with some awesome tips! Check out the Vancouver article in the magazine below, starting on page 82.
Second is Virgin Atlantic’s new Vancouver destination video which is airing in-flight right now. From the moment we heard they offer complimentary massages to Upper Class passengers, we’ve been big fans (now that’s an amenity we can aspire to!) So we’re chuffed to be included as a recommended place to stay in their new video. Unfortunately, the only way to see the video is to get on a plane, so you’ll either have to take out word for it, or save up your pennies!