The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | Enter the door into Wonderland this New Years Eve at The Keefer Bar in Chinatown. Be enchanted by the space and bedazzled by the cocktails. Let the Champagne bubbles tickle your tongue as you sip from the bottle of decadence. Step into the adventure unknown! Guests receive a cocktail upon arrival and Champagne at midnight with a performance by Sweet Soul Burlesque and sets by DJ Dubconscious & Peter Allgood in between. Regular tickets are $30 in advance ($40 at the door). VIP tickets are $45 and include a copy of Sweet Sip Charity 2014 Calendar ($15 will go to the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre). Learn more about The Keefer Bar after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | The ideal candidate will be Food Safe-certified, personable, organized and able to work alone in our petite kitchen. The duties of the position include ordering, shopping in Chinatown, food prep, cleaning and washing dishes. You must be an efficient multi-tasker able to handle fast-paced environment and produce orders in a timely fashion. You will work alongside our bar team and help us create and serve a variety of delicious small plates. The hours are 5 shifts per week at $13 per + tips. Please come by in person with a resume between 4-6pm or email info [at] thekeeferbar.com… Read more
Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites to pick the three albums that anchor their musical tastes. Today, we hear from the owner of Dani Tatarin of The Keefer Bar in Chinatown. She’s a real sweetheart, and one of Vancouver’s most celebrated bartenders.
Wow, it was so hard to choose only three, but looking back, these albums really stand out for me…
Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks | LISTEN | I was 11 and Paint it Black was the first song I listened to when I was given my mom’s old stereo for my room (it had a turntable, cd and tape cassette player on it). I turned it up really, really, really loud, so loud I couldn’t hear my parents, but I don’t think they asked me to turn it down. It made me wish I grew up in the 60′s.
Steve Earle – Copper Head Road | LISTEN | Being from Alberta I learned how to two-step to this in the kitchen when I was a little girl. Although it’s country, its rockin’ country and Steve Earle is badass. And so is two-stepping.
Nirvana – Nevermind | LISTEN | Nevermind was one of my first CD’s. I grew up listening to my parents music, soul, R&B, country and rock, which I love, but Nirvana was, well Nirvana.
The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | New Years Eve 2011 saw the birth of The Keefer Bar’s ‘New Years in Narnia’ trilogy, wherein the bar was transformed into a winter wonderland complete with ice sculptures, snow, an Ice Queen and (what seemed like) Champagne falling from the sky. This year we’re back to do it all again, only this time we’re taking it deep – and maybe getting a little wet. The Keefer Bar presents New Years in Narnia II, The Return to Narnia: A Nautical Shipwrecked Adventure Brought to Life.
For the first time, The ladies of Sweet Soul Burlesque will be collaborating with creative forces of the Keefer Bar to bring you a new years for the record books. The Keefer bar will be transformed into an underwater wonderland, complete with seahorses, mermaids (even the possibility of a couple of mermen) and a Wardrobe entrance into the fantasy we are creating.
This will be a night filled with the same incredible drinks that The Keefer Bar is famous for, on top of 3 sets of sexy sassiness of the Sweet Soul Godesses and the best beats by DJ Micro Douglas. Champagne toast at midnight is included in ticket price and your favourite, most creative nautical costumes are highly encouraged. Get all the details after the jump… Read more
The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | The ideal candidate will be personable, organized and able to work alone in our small kitchen. The position includes, ordering, shopping in Chinatown, food prep, cleaning and washing dishes. You must be an efficient muli-tasker able to handle a high paced environment and produce orders in a timely fashion. You will work along side our bar team and work with our Food Consultant, Free Lee, to create delicious small plates. Details after the jump… Read more
by Andrew Morrison | BC’s very best bartenders will converge on The Keefer Bar in Chinatown to close out Scout’s Bartender of the Year tournament. Over 30 of the province’s top barkeeps met in Vancouver and Victoria earlier this month to write an excruciatingly difficult entrance exam. Only the sixteen with the highest marks have been invited to compete in the finals on Monday. The day will begin at 11am with a blind tasting of 5 different alcohols. Each bartender will have to guess what is what, with points awarded for accuracy. Then a select group of professionals will blind judge an original cocktail from each bartender who will also furnish a written description of the drink as it would appear on a cocktail menu (no more than 50 words). Points will be awarded for taste, presentation and originality. The scores from these two competitions will be added together – 20% coming from the entrance test, 40% from the blind tasting, and 40% from the cocktail. Only the top 8 will then compete in a live action tournament designed to replicate “real world” bar scenarios. The last man/woman standing will be our Bartender of the Year (and rightly showered with hourly praise for their remaining days). It is a tournament designed by bartenders for bartenders, so the honour quotient is high.
But really, what does the winner get? In addition to a tidy sum of money and a framed Scout Magazine Bartender of the Year 2012 award designed by Glasfurd & Walker, he/she will receive a holiday package put together by our good friends at Tourism Kelowna. It includes two nights accommodation at the very gorgeous Clarence House, two tickets to the always amazing Okanagan Feast of Fields, and a round of golf for two (with power cart) at the Graham Cooke-designed Harvest Golf Club.
Click here to see if your favourite bartender is in the running.
by Andrew Morrison | Vancouver’s top bartenders recently sat for a gruelling 50 question exam at The Diamond in Gastown to mark the first round of Scout’s Bartender of the Year tournament. Today we announced the sixteen with the highest marks on our Twitter feed. They are…
16th (tie) David Bain – Diva at the Met
16th (tie) Josh Boudreau – Veneto (Victoria)
15th | Ryan Malcolm – Sauce (Victoria)
14th | Ally – Revel Room
13th | Dani Tatarin – Keefer Bar
12th | “JS” - Tableau
11th | Jay Browne – Calabash
10th | “H” – Jules Bistro
9th | Brendan Brewster – Fiamo/Svelte (Victoria)
8th | Brooke Levre – The Marina (Victoria)
7th | Jon Smollensky – Hawksworth
6th | Marc Smolinski – Max’s
5th | Gez McAlpine – Keefer/LA/Somewhere lucky
4th | Josh Pape – The Diamond
3rd | Ben de Champlain – Boneta
2nd | Simon Kaulback – Boneta
1st | Shaun Layton – L’Abattoir
It’s a great collection of talent, and how cool is it that Victoria is so well represented!? This group now moves on to an insane day of competition at The Keefer Bar in Chinatown on July 2nd.
The final will begin with a blind tasting of 5 different alcohols with each bartender having to guess what is what (extra point opportunities for accuracy). Then a select group of professionals will blind judge an original cocktail from each bartender who will also furnish a written description of the drink as it would appear on a cocktail menu (no more than 50 words). Points will be awarded for taste, presentation and originality.
The scores from these two competitions will be added together – 20% coming from the entrance test, 40% from the blind tasting, and 40% from the cocktail. The top 8 will then compete in a live action tournament that will decide who will take the title.
We wish all the final competitors luck, and thank every bartender who took the time to sit for the exam. The marks were especially tight, and every participant represented their bar extremely well.
by Andrew Morrison | Scout has joined forces with the barkeeps who brought you last year’s Bar-ate Kid competition to put together a gruelling tournament celebrating the best of BC bartending. And don’t sweat the exam. It’s multiple choice. If you know booze well enough, you won’t embarrass yourself. But as the poster above notes, only the 16 best scores will advance to the final, which will be a raucous affair to remember. To give you an idea as to what to expect, take a look at what went down at the Bar-ate Kid last year (spoiler: Josh Pape of The Diamond kicked ass). It’s the same venue, and I would imagine some of the same bartenders will make it to the final, so overall it will be a similar afternoon, only with the occasional blindfold, badger, and whip.
So sign up fast and spread the word, BC barkeeps, ’cause it’s time to put up your dukes. You have until midnight on June 3rd to register!
UPDATE: edited to keep my sometimes embarrassing inability to communicate properly to a minimum.
by The Editors | As most Scout readers are likely already aware, the Eastside Culture Crawl (November 18, 19, 20) is a free, three day art crawl that covers the area bounded by Main Street and Victoria Drive north of First Avenue. Over 300 artists are participating, and it’s going to be freakin’ awesome. But where to eat and drink before, during and after your Crawl? Being the thoughtful folks that we are, we’ve lined up a list of key stops within (and just without) Crawl grounds: Read more
by David Greig | In a dark bar in Chinatown, flecked with some of the first rays of a long overdue summer, a hush fell over the gathered masses. Breaths were held, as two pairs of eyes scanned the bottles lying before them. Years, nay decades, of experience tensed their minds and hands. All was about to be laid on the line in the cause of cash and glory. A judge rose to his feet, ticket in hand…
“LAST WORD AND A BOULEVARDIER!”
It was on. The Bar-ate Kid had begun. Read more
The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | The Keefer Bar in Chinatown is looking for a part time prep cook. The ideal candidate will be a clean, organized, punctual and efficient multi-tasker who is Food Safe certified. The pay is $13/hour + tips. Drop off resume in person Tuesday through Friday (4pm to 6pm) or email danitatarin [at] thekeeferbar [dot] com to set up an interview. Learn more about The Keefer after the jump… Read more
by David Greig | On July 4th, a bartending contest will take place at The Keefer Bar in order to determine who rules the roost as the deadliest sensei of Vancouver’s cocktail scene. The Bar-ate Kid Invitational – with support from Havana Club, Beefeater and Jameson – will determine who has the all-round skills to be declared the Mr. or Ms. Miyagi of Mixology.
Themed on the 80’s movie Karate Kid, we foresee a fast and furious fight to the death with head-to-head knockout competitions based on three criteria: speed, style and drink quality. There’ll be no foams, jellies, smoke or mirrors permitted, and the only rapid infusing will be between a can of beer and every loser’s tears.
This is just 16 of the best guns this town has to offer, duking it out for nothing more than pride, bragging rights among peers, and the small matter of a $600 cash prize.
Head to Chinatown at 1pm to see it all go down. Again, that’s 1pm at The Keefer Bar on July 4th.
Strike First. Strike Hard. No Mercy.
United Kingdom import David Greig is the Cocktail Editor at Scout Magazine. He can usually be found working the wood and well at Gastown’s popular L’Abattoir restaurant when he’s not typing at home or sipping his way around town.
News from Scout supporter The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | Starting tonight and running every Tuesday leading up to the Tales of the Cocktail, The Keefer Bar will host Learn it, Drink it!, an informative and interactive crash course in mixology. From 6:30-8:30pm, acclaimed bartender Dani Tatarin will feature four cocktails and walk guests through their history as they mix and taste. Drop in at any time to learn a cocktail or come to experience all four! Cost is $40 to experience all four drinks, which includes cocktails, take home recipe and gift. If coming in for partial class cost is $12/drink including recipe and gift. All featured drinks are on special from 8:30pm-1am for $8. It’s great way to explore new cocktails and learn a bit about the history behind the classics. Read more