GOODS: Top Bartenders At The Vancouver Club In Friendly Competition This Tuesday

The GOODS from The Vancouver Club

Vancouver, BC| This Tuesday, Vancouver’s top mixology talent will convene for an evening of friendly competition. The city’s expert barmen and women will vie for title of best signature cocktail, while members and their guests enjoy the best they have to offer. In honour of The Club’s Celebrity Bartender Series finale, Master Barman Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Richard crafts one of his award-winning signature cocktails: the Curiositorium – handmade cucumber puree, basil syrup and cucumber water come together to create a drink that couldn’t be better suited to patio season (see video above). Find out who is competing and get all the details after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: “L’Abattoir” Is On The Lookout For An Assistant Bar Manager


L'Abattoir is located at 217 Carrall St in Vancouver's Gastown neighbourhood | 604-568-1701 |

The GOODS from L’Abattoir

Vancouver, BC | Gastown’s L’Abattoir is in need of an Assistant Bar Manager for 4-5 shifts a week. The successful applicant will be an honest, hard-working professional with experience working in high volume, fine dining, cocktail-forward establishments. He/she will be eager to learn and ready to join a dynamic team that strives for the best in a fast-paced environment. Only career-minded individuals need apply in confidence to Learn more about the award-winning restaurant after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: The Cascade Room On The Hunt For Part-Time Bartender


The Cascade Room is located at 2616 Main Street in Vancouver, BC | 604.709.8650 |

The GOODS from The Cascade Room

Vancouver, BC | The Cascade Room on Main Street is looking for an experienced, passionate, friendly & fast, part-time cocktail bartender. Must have at least 1 years experience in the execution of classic and new cocktails. The Cascade Room is a fast paced restaurant with a large classic cocktail list. If you are interested and experienced, please email your resume to: or drop by at 2616 Main Street (@ 10th) between 5 and 6pm. Learn more about The Cascade Room after the jump… Read more

“CPBA” (Canadian Professional Bartenders Association) Joins The Scout Community

November 17, 2011 

We’ve invited the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association to join our GOODS section as a recommended organisation that is well worth checking out. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be posting their news front and center and hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making BC a more discerning (and tipsier) place to live!


Barman Shaun Layton To Barrel Age Two Classic Cocktails…


by Andrew Morrison | What’s the longest you’ve ever waited for a drink in a bar? Ten minutes? Twenty? Yesterday afternoon I learned that Shaun Layton, the 2010 Van Mag Bartender of the Year and Lord of the Wood at Gastown’s L’Abattoir, was about to start making a drink that could take as short as six weeks and as long as four months to adequately construct. In a first for Vancouver, a barman will age a cocktail in a whiskey barrel. It’s been done elsewhere (Montgomery Place in London, as Layton points out, and at Clive’s in Victoria, as reader MR reveals in the comments), and the results have proven especially interesting for drink wonks. For my part, I find the idea of a couple bottles of sweetened gin mutating unpredictably with hardly inert bitters for months on end inside a 3 gallon whiskey barrel to be straight up fascinating. As a fan of both drinks in sum (and of all their delightful parts), I can’t help but be freaky curious as to what they will taste like. Layton will be checking as time goes by, waiting for the perfect time to stop the woody infusion and load the mix into a few carefully considered bottles. Cooler still, he’s secured two barrels from Tuthilltown distillery in New York’s Hudson Valley: a bourbon cask and one that, until recently, contained a Yankee single malt.

And so, to soak in the bourbon barrel will go a Negroni, the ultimate aperitif of gin, vermouth and campari, whilst the single malt staves will impart mystery unto a Martinez, that maraschino-licked classic of gin, sweet vermouth and bitters (the original Martini, if the lore is to be believed). The experiment begins Wednesday, and we’ve invited Mr. Layton to keep us abreast of how things develop as the drink evolves.

PS. I’ve already called shotgun on the second sip.

Seen In Vancouver #251: Drinks Everyone Should Know By Heart

September 17, 2010 


West bartender David Wolowidnyk knows he’s made it in this town when people order his drinks at other restaurants under the assumption that other bartenders know how to make them…

Shaun Layton Dishes On Life & Leaving George For L’Abattoir

We sat down with recently anointed Bartender of the Year Shaun Layton yesterday for a long delayed interview and were surprised to learn that he’d just given his notice at George Ultra Lounge in Yaletown after two and a half years of solid service there. Read more

Dani Tatarin and Justin Tisdall Kick Ass At Giffard In France!


A hearty congratulations to bartenders Dani Tatarin of Chinatown’s Keefer Bar and Justin Tisdall of Market for placing 1st and 2nd respectively IN THE WORLD at last week’s prestigious Giffard International Cocktail Competition in Alger, France.

Way to represent Vancouver guys!

Random Photo #605: Mark Brand Strikes An Extra Wicked Pose…

November 21, 2009 


I’m on household recycling duty today and so I’ve been flipping through piles of old work and clipping out stories for the scrapbook (that I’ve never kept). I found this four year old Lisa Kaulback shot of Mark Brand – then the bar manager at Chambar, now co-owner of Boneta, The Diamond – and had a chuckle, if only because it’s so spectacularly cougarific. It rolled with the first ever Bartender of the Year award feature as part of the 17th annual Vancouver magazine restaurant awards issue (May 2006), which – on the strength of the pose struck above – you can bet your ass I won’t be recycling any time soon. Freakin’ meow.

The Kentuckablog Video: 5 Days In 17 Bourbon-Soaked Minutes

Huzzah for video! The above was compiled from over 1000 photographs and over 40 minutes of raw footage from my little camera (some of it too raw). If you missed last week’s main Kentuckablog (live-ish reporting from the Kentucky Bourbon Trail with several Vancouver bartenders), click here for the daily damage assessments. Read more

Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA)


The Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA)
#900–555 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
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Established: 2009


Our Committee

President: Danielle Tatarin, The Keefer Bar
Vice-President: Simon Odgen, Veneto Lounge at the Hotel Rialto, Victoria
Vice-President: Brad Stanton, Hawksworth Restaurant
Treasurer: David Wolowidnyk, West Restaurant
Secretary: Robyn Gray, the Hotel Georgia
Director: Lauren Mote, Kale & Nori Culinary Arts Inc.
Director: Jay Jones, Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver
Director: Trevor Kallies, The Donnelly Group
Director: Colin Turner, Cin-Cin Ristorante
Director: Shaun Layton, L’Abattoir
Director: Gerry Jobe, Raudz Regional Table, Kelowna
Director: Cooper Tardivel, Hawksworth Restaurant
Director: Shawn Soole, Clive’s Classic Lounge at the Chateau Victoria, Victoria

(biennial elections process by paid CPBA members)

About The Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association

The Canadian Professional Bartender’s Association was formed in 2009 in order to standardize professional Bartending across Canada. Our monthly meetings and events provide our members and supporters with a forum to exchange news, techniques and innovative ideas. We involve liquor brands and other related businesses to help forge lasting connections with the bartending community, using nothing less than passion and cooperation. We are a Non-Profit organization registered in BC (S-55806); all funds received go towards events and educational programs for Bartenders across Canada.

The CPBA is an amplified voice for bartenders. Through national solidarity, our dialogue with provincial liquor licensing agencies becomes more approachable, making the products we need readily available for all bartenders. Our website aims to be a virtual hub to connect bartenders across the country, and provide an educational platform for our members. Through this network we are able to evolve as a community, and become the best ambassadors in our profession.

The CPBA was created to build bonds between Bartending professionals across our nation – working together to raise Bars and Bartending quality in every community. Further to these goals, the CPBA looks to make Canada an active country member of the IBA (International Bartenders Association). Currently, the CPBA has provincial chapters in British Columbia (est. 2009) and Ontario (est. 2011). Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Quebec chapters are in development.

About Our Memberships

Individual Membership:

The Canadian Professional Bartenders Association is a group of Bartenders formed to exchange of news, techniques and ideas between members to encourage high standards and advancement of the profession of Bartending in Canada. We are a Non-Profit organization registered in BC (S-55806) all of the funds we raise go towards events and education for Bartenders across Canada.

Our head office is BC based and we will work to form Provincial chapters. The CPBA is working to become a member of the International Bartenders Association (IBA) with the goal of giving Canada international representation in the global Bartending community. If you are a Bartender in Canada you are an eligible member.

Current Benefits

• Subscription to Imbibe Magazine
• Knowledge, Education & Career Opportunities
• News and Updates from the industry
• Yearly Competition + exclusive competitions throughout the year
• Health / Benefit Plan: Health & Dental, Travel Insurance, Critical Illness
• Apprenticeship program (in the works)
• The opportunity to guide and influence the craft of Bartending in the Canadian community


1 Year Membership: $75 ($0.21/day)
3 Year Membership: $150 ($0.14/day)

Associate Membership:

The Canadian Professional Bartenders Association (CPBA) invites all interested liquor brands and other companies to join our community of industry professionals as an Associate Member. Associate Membership to the CPBA provides a direct link to the people who sell your product, the bartenders themselves. This partnership will further strengthen relationships between liquor suppliers and purchasers while connecting the people behind bars with the brands and products they pour. Associate Members are given an opportunity to co-host official CPBA events and invite Brand Ambassadors, distillers and company representatives to speak directly to the community of committed bartending professionals.

Current Benefits

• Logo placement on CPBA website, links to your brand website
• Access to the CPBA website resources
• Invitation to monthly CPBA meetings hosted by the CPBA committee and attended by CPBA members, guest speakers and fellow industry professionals
• Opportunity to invite your brand ambassadors, distillers, winemakers to speak at monthly meetings
• Opportunity to showcase products by sponsoring a vendor table at monthly meetings
• Receive monthly newsletter from the CPBA
• Opportunity to participate in the annual CPBA cocktail competition, plus several events & exclusive competitions throughout the year
• Work one-on-one with a CPBA event planner

Fees: $250 Annually per brand for CPBA BC Chapter Associate Membership.