The GOODS from The Keefer Bar
Vancouver, BC | In a few weeks The Keefer Bar will say goodbye to the girls of Sweet soul Burlesque. Over the past 5 years, Sweet Sip Thursdays at The Keefer has been a mainstay of Vancouver’s nightlife scene, packing the tiny Chinatown room from wall to wall (and sometimes floor to ceiling) to get a view of one of the smallest stages in the city. It has been a long and fruitful partnership. We can confidently say that we could not have built the identity of The Keefer Bar without the fearless confidence and lust for the creative edge that SSB possesses. This isn’t a permanent goodbye, but merely a shift in direction, both for them and for The Keefer. We’re sure that our stage will be graced with the talent of SSB in collaborative events in the future. Continue reading below for all the details of the next month’s festivities.
Some words from Crystal Precious, Sweet Soul MC :
Six years ago, a inconspicuous, Heritage listed building transformed from a forgotten store-room into a euphonious Chinatown cocktail emporium. Since then the Keefer Bar and its staff have provided a haven for Vancouverites and visitors alike, serving urban sophisticates a little modern medication. Our partnership with them in 2010 has since garnered world-wide recognition, providing us with a weekly stage from which Sweet Soul’s signature neo-brand of striptease has deepened and flourished. Hosted by Crystal Precious, the little stage in front of the big picture window has also had its share of well-known international burlesque guests press their bosoms to the glass for passers-by, as well as those taxi cabs who “happen” to show up unbidden every Thursday. Some of these notable names came from England, LA, Australia and include industry royalty such as Burlesque Handbook writer Jo “Boobs” Weldon, and, next week, on Feb 4th, the incomparable ‘Dirty Martini’.
Like all good entertainment, eventually the curtains whisper a hush as they close, the stage becomes quiet, and the red light dims its come-hither glow. It is such that we at Sweet Soul plan to bid a similar adieu to our weekly show. We’ve enjoyed a wonderful run, and we are excited to move forward into 2016 and beyond with our latest projects within the SSB collective. This include a chance to focus on our next steps, among them new films, touring, recording, and the ever-growing Vancouver Burlesque Centre. Never one to say goodnight without a saucy wink of the eye, we offer a few more tête-à-têtes from the stage before we bid farewell. Our final shows will be as following:
Thursday, Feb 4 with Dirty Martini (NYC)
Thursday, Feb 18
Thursday, March 3
Thursday, March 24th – ***LAST SHOW*** Our Grand Finale
ALL SHOWS $10. Sets at 10pm & 11pm
except LAST SHOW on March 24th — Sets at 9pm, 10pm & 11pm.
Reservations may be made by phoning the Keefer at 604-688-1961.
(Please note that we the performers are unable to reserve seats; please phone the Keefer directly)
This partnership was a wonderful and rewarding step in the history of our troupe, and the perfect evolution from Dollhouse (2006 – 2010). We are forever grateful to all those who have come to see us thrive here over the years and all our sponsors who have made the night possible, including Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Cointreau, East Vanity Parlour, Pin-Up Perfection Photography, Black Opal, Fubufoto, Mark Brennan Photography, Lace Embrace Atelier, Dani, Cam, Keenan, Gez, Navin, and course all of the Keefer family, that have played their part in making this room one of the best in the world.
We’ll be back every once and awhile with one-off shows, so stay tuned for that as well as updates on our next big projects!
The Sweet Soul grrlz
General Manager: Keenan Hood
Bar Manager: Gez McAlpine
Assistant Manager: Navin Toor
About The Keefer Bar
The Keefer Bar is a place where you can come to escape the rush and unwind in a unique atmosphere where cocktails, food and music are in harmony. The intricately designed cocktail program focuses on Apothecary style drinks created to soothe ailments and balance one’s mood. Ingredients for the Asian influenced small plated food and specially crafted drinks are sourced from local Chinatown markets and herbalists. Award winning Bartenders Gez McAlpine (Bar Manager) Keenan Hood (GM), work with their team to develop the exceptional atmosphere and bespoke, Chinese inspired ingredients to incorporate into the classically influenced drinks. Currently ranked at #86 in the Worlds best bars top 100, The Keefer has been instrumental in developing Vancouver’s identity as a cocktail destination in North America.