From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from February 21 to February 27, 2018. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.
COCKTAILS & CUBANOS | Industry veterans Dale Styner and Guy Stowell opened their first restaurant tonight in the heart of Mount Pleasant. The Cuban-themed eatery and cocktail bar has a banging drinks list and a properly done Cubano sandwich.
BAN THIS | Alberta’s boycott of BC wine is being met by local wineries with a dinner that pairs their good stuff with Alberta beef and bison prepared by the chefs at Edible Canada. Among the participating wineries are Liquidity, Culmina, Painted Rock, Poplar Grove, and Summerhill. All proceeds will go to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation. Find out more.
GEEK OUT | Nerd Night takes over the theatre at Mount Pleasant’s Fox Cabaret on Wednesday night. Why not hustle yourself over to Main Street and fill up on some science? Topics for this talk include Toxicology, Nutrition and Biomedical Engineering. As organizers explain: “Nerd Nite is a more accessible Ted Talks, so we can nerd harder, faster, better, and drink beer.” How can that not be a fun Wednesday evening? Bonus: Brassneck Brewery is just down the block. Find out more.
MAKE BITTERS | There’s a super cool Brew Your Own Bitters class going down in Stanley Park this Thursday. Spirit and distilling enthusiasts have pre-harvested and pre-infused bitters for participants to sample and mix into their own custom creations. Learn about local plants, infusing techniques, flavour profiles and cocktail making. Bonus: you’ll take home two dropper bottles of your favourite bitters creations. PS: This is obviously a 19+ gig. Find out more.
GOOD GIG | The Belle Game are playing a show at The Imperial this Friday. Being that this is the band’s last hometown gig before heading out on the road as the opening band for Broken Social Scene’s North American tour, this very well could be the last opportunity to see the indie rockers playing in an intimate venue at a price that doesn’t break the bank ($15!). Save yourself some serious show remorse and snag a ticket now! Find out more.
LOCAL HISTORY | This is Heritage Week! This year the theme for the province-wide celebration of built heritage is “Heritage Stands the Test of Time” From talks and tours to exhibits and awards, there are heritage-themed events going down all around the province. In Vancouver are numerous events including a Places That Matter: Community Celebration Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, a Gastown Revisited walking tour (already at capacity but accepting waitlist) and a Sunday Morning at Punjabi Market tour that sounds super rad (details below). Get out there and get up to speed on some super cool bits of local history. For a complete list of events check out the Heritage BC website here. This event runs now through Feb. 25, but ticketed events will fill up fast, so if you want to hit that Punjabi Market, score here now. Find out more.
PHNOM PENH | Every March I find myself in the same sad predicament: it’s usually a rainy day and I’ve gone too long without eating, I’ve probably got wet hair and wet shoes and cold fingers and all I want to do is take shelter from the wet weather for an hour and enjoy a warm bowl of soup at Phnom Penh… and then, just as I cross to the street toward the familiar red and white awning of the Chinatown establishment (briefly excited to see there is no line-up) it clicks – they close in March! Everyone needs a vacation, and this hard working crew certainly deserves it, but man-o-man is that “Closed” sign ever a crushing blow. So heads-up noodle, chicken wing, butter beef and Vietnamese coffee lovers, you have one week to get a Phnom Penh fix before they close for their March break. Find out more.
LAST SKATE | Get your blood flowing by hitting Robson Square for a final lap or twelve around the ice rink. It closes for the season on February 28th so don’t wait around. Take your thermal mug, some nice thick gloves, and some cash (although skating is free, equipment rentals are ‘cash only’ – skates $4, helmets $2). Rink hours are Sunday through Thursday, 9am-9pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-11pm. Find out more.
ON EDGE | Emily Carr University Library’s “On Edge Reading Series” is holding its fourth event of the season on Thursday, with local author Anne Fleming taking the stage. Her publications range from illustrated children’s books and non-fiction gender studies to fiction, poetry and short stories. There’s no doubt that this all ages event will have something to appeal to everyone. Plus, who doesn’t like cozying up in a library on a chilly evening? Find out more.
CHEAP TRIP | Get psyched for the week ahead by hitting up the Fox Cabaret on Monday for Japanese rock band, Kikagaki Moyo. Their latest album release, House in the Tall Grass, is a real trippy treat with elements of folk, garage, metal, and otherworldliness. Seriously, if you can’t afford a trip somewhere this time of year, this show might just be second-best! Find out more.