V.v: The Best Happy Hours in Vancouver

No matter where you are in the city, there is always a watering hole that has a happy hour and half-price appetizers around the next corner. If you are thirsty and hungry, find your comfort zone in any of these Happy Hour offering locations and get the best deals to stretch your hard-earned paycheque from ear to ear. Sit, order, enjoy. Repeat.

Royal Dinette
905 Dunsmuir St
Royal Dinette is fancy and has an L’Apéro from 4:30-6pm each day. The Royal offers classic yet refreshing $6 aperitifs such as the Kir Royal, the Americano, and a fuzzy Apero Spritz.

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Browns Social House (Image: Instagram/@brownssocialize)

Browns Social House
Multiple locations 
Browns is notorious for having elegant interiors filled with a rowdy well-dressed crowd. Their happy hour is on weekdays from 3-6pm each day and offers dry ribs and wings for $7 and $4 drink specials.

UVA
900 Seymour Street
Situated kitty-corner from the Orpheum, this spot attracts a pretty cultured crowd. Happy hour is from 2- 6pm and features specials on food and beverages. Ask for the $10 premium cocktails, $8 wine, $3+ food selections, and for the adventurous $1 oysters.

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UVA cocktails (Image: Instagram/@uvavancouver)

Joe Fortes
777 Thurlow St
Happy hour is from 4-6pm in the bar. Joe Fortes offers adult beverage specials for $5 and a series of apps at great prices.

St. Regis Bar & Grill
608 Dunsmuir St
The St. Regis is special because it has 2 happy hours! The first at 2:30-5:30pm and then a later at 8:30-10:30pm. Ask your server what the specials are as they change it up for variety.

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St. Regis cocktails (Image: Instagram/@st.regisvancouver)

StateSide Craft
1601 Commercial Dr
StateSide Craft’s happy hour is every day except Saturday – perfect for after work and on Sunday for the anticipation of work. Prices range from $3-$5.

The Morrissey
1227 Granville St
Visit the Morrissey for the $3 highballs during happy hour and half-price appetizers until 6pm. They also have daily specials. Check the chalkboard for more goodies.

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The Morrissey Pub (Image: Facebook/The Morrissey Pub)

The Charles Bar | Woodwards
136 W. Cordova
Drop by on weekdays from 3-6pm for specials on wine and beer and their infamously delicious wings.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)

SD: The Best Barbershops in Vancouver

For those who prefer a short cut and shave, the barbershop is preferable to the ‘salon’ being without harsh product smells and noisy blow-dryer action. The barbershops in Vancouver range from old school neighborhood locations with walk-ins only to hipster hang-outs with tough guys covered in tattoos from head to toe. Here are our 8 picks for a great haircut, facial maintenance, and the proper product to keep you dapper in between trims.

Here are our 8 picks for a great haircut, facial maintenance, and the proper product to keep you dapper in between trims:

18th Amendment Barber Shop in Gastown

18th Amendment Barber Shop is based on tradition and designed for the modern man. The shop specializes in hot towel shaves, beard and mustache trims, classic haircuts and fades. The ambiance feels authentic and the decor is heavily influenced by nostalgia, making it perfect to take a step back in time for a short time.

Regal Barbers in Downtown

Born from the ashes of the former well-established barbershop in downtown, these barbers have banded together and created a shop that others compare themselves to. Offering cuts, styling, straight razor shaves and eye-brow shaping, threading and a grooming club with members pricing.

JD’s Barbershop in Gastown & the Vancouver Club (members only)

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JD’s is the brainchild of Judah Down, a master barber, hairdresser and colourist of 15 years who switched gears in 2002 and opened his first barbershop in Gastown. This shop caters to men and women and offers specials that include $ off for students and scotch for grooms.

Image via @jdsbarbershop

Barber & Co in Gastown

A member of the Union of Barbers, in league with the Donnelly Group, Barber & Co is the sort of place you’ll come for a cut, trim or shave and then spend the afternoon hanging out. The atmosphere is traditional yet vibrant with 5 locations from Gastown to Main Street.

The Belmont Barbershop on East Broadway

Senior barber, Rich Hope, made his bones as a musician/songwriter and has been with the Belmont for 5 years now. The Belmont is old school, the room is roughed up, and a stuffed deer head keeps watch over the shenanigans that only hockey fanatics would understand and partake in.

FortKnight Barbers in Gastown

All the barbers at FortKnight are proud residents of Gastown and through old time customer service and advice, they strive to give you style. FortKnight is also a great place to unwind, catch up on the latest news and receive topnotch service.

Farzad’s Barber Shop in Yaletown

Blink and you may miss this tiny bastion of cutting and shaving. With 2 barbers – owner Farzad and Noriko from Tokyo – this Yaletown hole-in-the-wall often has a motorcycle and an obsession with perfection. Traditional to eclectic modern, they cut it all, with no attitude.

Man Cave Barber Shop in Yaletown & Metrotown

The Man Cave Barber Shop is supposed to be a place where every man can call his own but times are a-changing. The lady barbers have moved in and there is a regular female client who brings her dog every month. Carrying organic and cruelty-free products, great pricing and a walk-in policy, patrons can be in and out in 15 minutes. Man Cave offers convenience and quality that cannot be beat.

Whether you want a cut, trim and clean, mustache wax and curl, or the full deal with a straight razor and hot towel, picking the perfect barbershop in Vancouver is hard as they seem to be popping up all over. Take our advice and try these first.

This article was originally published in StyleDemocracy.com.

 

V.v: New Restaurants in Vancouver: August 2016

Vv Magazine’s Helen Siwak fills us in on Vancouver’s best new restaurants, those opening in August 2016 and the most talked about hot spots coming up this month.

It is August and so the Diner en Blanc white madness begins. Best known for their incredibly organized events, The Social Concierge once again brings people together in a secret location to dine and be part of a spectacle. This year’s event will have 5,000 people trucking in gear (table, chairs, food, decor) to enjoy an evening with friends under the stars. Those who do not wish to bring their own food have the option to order a special meal in advance.

The Craft Beer Fest kicks off on August 20th at the annual PNE. Tickets are $10 and samples are $2. Highly recommended that you stop in and grab a bag full of those little donuts, corn dogs, and giant pretzels from the midway, to complement the beers.

There are two summer foodie pop-ups worth checking out. First, the Birds and the Beets is holding a craft cider bar in the evenings at their location on Powell Street. Aptly rechristened Orchard and the Sea, patrons will also have a selection of tapas plates available. Try the Manchego cheese with quince paste appie to prepare for a sweet night. Second, Mensch Jewish Delicatessen and its owner, Nitzan Cohen are serious about meat. Sandwiches include home-made Montreal Smoked Meat, lox made with beet cured salmon, egg salad and more. 666 East Broadway from Mon-Thurs 11am to 3pm and open until 6 on Fridays.

August Openings

Fluffy Kittens Ice Cream
Chinatown’s latest dessert spot has opened and they’re selling many of Vancouver’s Summer faves ranging from dairy to vegan. Pop in for delights from Nice Vice, Brown Paper Packages, Artisto Gelato, Salt Lick, and Johnny’s Pops.

Tacofino
The Yaletown location boasts a 40-seat dining room, plus a 16-seat patio, a full bar, and a take-out counter styled after their Gastown “Burrito Bar” set-up. The restaurant occupies the space at 1025 Mainland. This is the fourth brick-and-mortar restaurant for Tacofino, which began in 2009, and now includes locations in Vancouver and Victoria, and operates three food trucks. This is a company on a major roll.

Lucky Taco 
Una más de tacos favor! This 36 seat diner replaces James Iranzad and Josh Pape’s restaurant Supermarine and prepares super-tasty tacos but we recommend a binge on the roasted corn when available. Smothered in mayonnaise, spices, pico de gallo and fresh goat cheese, it is a real palette pleaser!

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Lucky Taco (Image: Instagram/@luckytacoyvr)

Mak N Ming
This spot is almost ready to open at 1629 Yew Street in Kitsilano. At last check-in (on Twitter) Amanda and Makoto were picking out ceramic bowls for the new venture. Chef Makoto Ono, who opened Pidgin in 2013, will open the new restaurant in Kitsilano with chef Amanda Cheng. Mak N Ming will bring a slightly more formal take on Japanese-French fare which is unique and inspiring. Look for the opening by the end of summer.

Fife Bakery & Toast Bar
Bread, bread, and more bread! Located at 64 East 3rd Avenue, Fife uses some of best natural ingredients from the lower mainland. BC farmers are repped by the hearty flours of Chilliwack, the golden rich eggs of Langley, and milk of Abbotsford dairies. Fife creates some of the most mouth-watering, aromatic, deliciously addictive bread in the city.  Watch their Twitter for upcoming bread tastings. Yes, tastings are not just for whiskey and beer anymore.

Juke
From tacos to fried chicken and ribs, everyone waited patiently for the hole-in-the-wall Juke to launch at 182 Keefer Street and so far, so good and crunchy. The chicken has been receiving two thumbs up from friends. Recommendations include following it up with a batch of Yo Mamma’s Doughnuts and/or a Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar.

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Juke Fried Chicken (Image: Instagram/@jukefriedchicken)


Fable Diner

Situated at 151 East Broadway is the second venture from Chef Trevor Bird, now open with expanded hours (from the soft launch) at Main and Broadway. Bird is continuing his farm-to-table theme from Fable Kitchen, albeit at lower price points, and with more casual comfort food dishes keeping everyone enjoying their twist on burgers and milkshakes. 86 seats is a great size to bring the whole gang to catch-up with while munching.

Crowbar
Located at 646 Kingsway is the new restaurant and bar from young (former L’Abattoir staffers) Jeremy Pigeon and William Johnson. The two have crafted a menu that specializes in tantalizing adult bevies and tiny things (some on a stick), petite stuffed chicken wing pies, and a juicy $21 secret burger.

DD Mau 
Located at 145 East Pender Street in Chinatown, the Tran siblings do bánh mì west coast style. Their love of food has created this sought after handheld torpedo which blends traditional and modern flavors which take the bánh mì to the next level. They serve up simple, fresh food with a twist, 7 days a week. *Correction: DD Mau will not open their new location until the end of the year. 

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Eats from DD Mau (Image: Instagram/@ddmau)

BowsxArrows
Opened officially on August 5, BowsxArrows is fully licensed and is serving up more than just coffee. Pair the best roast with flakey pastries, breakfast, lunches, weekend brunch, and simple dinners. For those who never touch coffee but like to hang with the bean brew crowd, cocktails, beer, and wine are also served up with no judgment.

The Captain’s Boil
Craving a seafood boil without the mess at home? Then you’ll want to check out Toronto-import, The Captain’s Boil, which opened their first West Coast resto in Richmond this month. The new resto serves up Southern-style seafood boil using fresh crab, lobster, clams, shrimp, mussels and more, which is then dressed in delicious spices, boiled to perfect and served up in… plastic bags! Plastic gloves and bags included.

Other Food News

Tasting Room at Secret Location
This restaurant closed at the end of July and the space is scheduled to be swallowed up by more of the beautiful couture and vintage Chanel of the adjourning retail space.

Slow Fish Dinner
Next month, the Chefs’ Table Society of BC, will be hosting their 3rd annual Slow Fish Dinner with the assistance of PICA students and BC wines representing local vineyards. The venue is the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts and the event is for one night only.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)

V.v: The 10 Best Patios in Vancouver

August 3rd is Vancouver’s first Patio Day, officially declared by the city of Vancouver. Businesses will be able to create a patio for one day but who wants to wait? Check out these renowned patios and then let your thirst push you to explore more off the beaten path. You never know what great conversation or adventure can be found in those few chairs outside of a tiny cafe or a new brewery.

Cactus Club Cafe 
1085 Canada Place 
This open air patio is brilliant in its layout and location. Situated with great views of the Olympic Cauldron, the harbour and its traffic, the city skylines and the magnificent mountains, patrons can enjoy the menu items and beverages that they enjoy in their ‘home zone’ but with a surrounding million dollar view.

Chill Winston
3 Alexander St.
This patio is attached to a food-focused gastro-lounge that carries a menu perfect for sharing. The Chill Winston patio is known for being the hippest hang-out in the city and can accommodate you and 99 of your hungry or thirsty friends. We suggest that you get a table with an umbrella, as you never know how long you will be staying and how much sun you may be taking in.

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Chill Winston (Image: Instagram/@j_admire)

Pat Quinn’s
5133 Springs Blvd
This classic steak and seafood restaurant is situated right on the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Course and with the view of the mountains, this patio is the ultimate location when you are searching for fresh air and a great selection of food and beverages.

Reflections: The Garden Terrace
801 W Georgia St.
The Garden Terrace is a cleverly hidden ‘roof-top’ on the fourth-floor patio of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. With no structures blocking it, night-time dining is truly under the stars. With its design, beauty and lushness taken into consideration, it’s definitely one of the top patios downtown.

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Reflections: The Garden Terrace (Image: Instagram/@@rwhotelgeorgia)

The Naam
2724 West 4th Avenue
If you live a 24/7 lifestyle, the Naam has the only patio available 24 hours a day. Enjoy delicious vegetarian food and dishes geared to those with sensitivities and proclivities towards a cleaner diet. The desserts are blue agave sweet, oversized, and oh so suitable for sharing.

The LIFT Bar & Grill 
333 Menchions Mews
LIFT offers patrons spectacular views of the harbour, sailboats (and occasional yachts), struggling seawall tandem bike riders, and pretty much all the beauty of Vancouver, combined with a delicious menu. This patio is pretty upscale, so pull out The Preppy Handbook before making reservations.

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Joe Fortes (Image: Instagram/@joefortesvan)

Joe Fortes
777 Thurlow St.
To escape the chaos of an afternoon shopping frenzy on Robson Street, those in the know pop over to Joe Fortes and relax in the flower garden of the rooftop patio. Enjoy their signature seafood dishes alongside a bottle of chilled white.

LOCAL Public Eatery
2210 Cornwall Ave
Loved by the locals, this patio is huge and in-your-face sports oriented. Always overflowing and full of hustle, this patio is incredibly popular due to its pub grub and proximity to Kits Beach – which is right across the street.

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The Dockside Patio (Image: Instagram/@aletheabarr)

Dockside Restaurant
1253 Johnston St.
With cool white furniture and views of the North Shore Mountains, Yaletown, the Dockside patio has such a chic look and feel that it makes it unbeatable in False Creek. Pair that with great food and a chilled bottle of your favourite vino, and you may never leave.

The Keg
1011 Mainland St.
The Keg is notorious across Canada for being the steakhouse of choice for those serious about meat, but Yaletown’s Keg has something that all the others do not have. They have the most amazing patio in the centre of Yaletown that overlooks the whole neighbourhood and is truly spectacular.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)