VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #248 | It Had A Restaurant Staffed By People Over 50

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #248 | It Had A Restaurant Staffed By People Over 50

by Andrew Morrison | I had a nice two-birthday, three-bottle lunch with a couple of friends at Hy’s Encore last week. The server was incredible; a seasoned veteran in the trade but still “new” to Hy’s in that she’d only been…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #247 | One Of Its Icons Was At The Bottom Of A Pint

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #247 | One Of Its Icons Was At The Bottom Of A Pint

Oregon’s North Drinkware recently launched a Kickstarter campaign looking to crowd-fund the Portland production of these handmade craft beer glasses that use USGS data to replicate the 3D shape of Mt. Hood, the state’s most iconic mountain, at the bottom…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #246 | It Had This Outstanding Book Vending Machine

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #246 | It Had This Outstanding Book Vending Machine

(via) Behold the Biblio-Mat, a sweet vending machine that dispense books for $2 apiece. It was built by Craig Small for The Monkey’s Paw, a small antiquarian bookstore on Dundas Street West in Toronto. The book selections are completely random –…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #246 | One Of Its 663 High-Rises Had A Sweet Bar

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #246 | One Of Its 663 High-Rises Had A Sweet Bar

The views from Sushi SORA, a restaurant located on the 38th floor of the Mandarin Oriental in the heart of Tokyo, got us thinking last night. To be honest, it got us jealous, and not a little frustrated, too. Why?…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #245 | Treehouses Helped Solve Its Housing Crisis

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #245 | Treehouses Helped Solve Its Housing Crisis

(via) “Would you live in a treehouse?” asks The Atlantic in this inspiring short documentary on the growing popularity of grown-up, liveable treehouses. Hell yeah, we we would! We assume a great many other Vancouverites would, too. It’s hard enough…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #244 | Our Laneways Had Lots Of Tiny Restaurants

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #244 | Our Laneways Had Lots Of Tiny Restaurants

(via) We’ve already campaigned for small rooftop bars in residential neighbourhoods, so today we’re going to advocate for tiny restaurants on the main floors of local laneway houses. We’re talking wee little adorables like this modern, homey joint in Tokyo….

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #243 | It Had A Kindergarten As Beautiful As This

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #243 | It Had A Kindergarten As Beautiful As This

(via) This gorgeous, two year old Montessori-style kindergarten in Hyogo, Japan was designed by Masahiro Kiyohara and the firm Atelier Cube. It’s a world away from anything we’ve ever seen on this side of the Pacific; as stunning an environment…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | YVR Airport Invited Skateboarders To Ride

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | YVR Airport Invited Skateboarders To Ride

(via) Airports – both their interiors and exteriors – represent some of the most forbidding terrain for skateboarders. They offer an endless array of modular obstacles, rails, transitions and smooth open spaces, but they are as off-limits as military installations…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | It Had The Greatest Bookstore In The World

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #242 | It Had The Greatest Bookstore In The World

(via) Can Vancouver honestly claim to be a “world class” city without a great bookstore? By great we mean one that stops people in its tracks, ensnaring and enchanting all who enter it with the way in which it is…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | We Thought Earls Was Opening In Gastown

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | We Thought Earls Was Opening In Gastown

(via) A cruel prankster in a quiet, family-oriented San Francisco neighbourhood recently put up a very convincing but entirely fake liquor license application notice on a shuttered business frontage indicating that the space was slated to become a Hooters. Naturally,…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | Its Parks Had Concessions Of Consequence

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #241 | Its Parks Had Concessions Of Consequence

(via) We’re digging the look and functionality of Liverpool’s outdoor Constellations Bar, which is much more than just a bar. It also sports a food truck, art space, cinema, and community garden. It got us thinking how cool it would…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #240 | It Had A Fleet Of These Citroen Martini Bars

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #240 | It Had A Fleet Of These Citroen Martini Bars

by Treve Ring | Dubbed “The World’s Most Intimate Martini Bar”, the Grey Goose-commissioned camionnette van fits only two guests plus a bartender, whose express role is to create bespoke martinis based on guest tastes. The Citroen H’s exterior displays baguettes made from…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #239 | It Had A Pop-Up Beer Garden Like Argentina

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #239 | It Had A Pop-Up Beer Garden Like Argentina

by Treve Ring | You don’t need Google Translate to decipher the Refugio de Camping designs from IT MET Estudio, an architecture and design firm based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I, for one, would camp a helluva lot more often if my campsite…

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #238 | False Creek Had PDX’s “Bollywood Theatre”

VANCOUVER WOULD BE COOLER IF #238 | False Creek Had PDX’s “Bollywood Theatre”

by Andrew Morrison | One particular stand out from a recent trip to Portland was the new and expansive Division Street location of Bollywood Theatre, a killer Indian street food joint that originally debuted on NE Alberta St. back in…

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