The GOODS from Botanist
Vancouver, BC | Botanist Bar at Fairmont Pacific Rim has been named Lucas Bols ‘BOLS AROUND THE WORLD’, World’s Best Bar Team. As one of six bar teams in the world competing for the global title and a trip to a city of their choice, this is the first time this competition shifted from individual to team submission in celebration of its 10th year.
At the global finals held in the Bols Headquarter city of Amsterdam, teams were challenged to design a cocktail inspired by a Dutch master painting that is currently on display at the iconic Rijksmuseum. Botanist Bar was given a Liotard painting, a still picture of a Dutch girl at Breakfast painted by Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard in 1756. The Botanist Bar team recreated a still mannequin scene inspired by the painting by dressing up bartender Max Curzon-Price, accompanied by a clarified milk punch designed a la minute, a bold and complex risk for a timed challenge.
To round out the finale, each team re-created their home bar experience as a ‘pop up’ on Reguliersdwarsstraat, a popular street in Central Amsterdam known for great bars and restaurants. The team served up their cocktail creation, Into the Æther; a show-stopping floating libation inspired by the fifth element of spirit, featuring Bols Genever as its base, combined with white tea, elemental vermouth, forest herbs and seawater to emphasize bold and surprising flavours.
The final competition was judged by a jury of international industry icons that include Ryan Chetiyawardana, World’s Best Bartender 2015 and owner of World’s Best Bar 2018, Dandelyan, London, Boudewjin Mesritz & Lydia Soedadi, founders and owners of Tales & Spirits and The Jitterbug Saloon, Amsterdam, Steve Schneider, partner and head bartender of Employees Only (NYC & Singapore) and led by Ivar de Lange, the Bols Master Bartender.
“The Botanist Bar has won the Bols Around the World 2019 competition because they perfectly used the versatility and history of Bols Genever,” comments Ivar de Lange, Bols Master Bartender. “The Canadian team of the Botanist Bar in Vancouver showed that a true hospitality concept needs the best bar team, and that is what they are”
“We were so honoured to represent North America and Botanist Bar at the Bols Around the World competition,” comments Grant Sceney, creative beverage director at Fairmont Pacific Rim. “This competition was rare in that it was about the spirit of teamwork and we’re extremely thrilled to share this award with the entire Botanist Bar team.”
About Fairmont Pacific Rim | Fairmont Pacific Rim – Vancouver’s definitive luxury hotel – was rated the World’s Best Business Hotel by Condé Nast Traveler readers and awarded the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond Rating. This ultramodern downtown hotel offers unobstructed mountain and harbour views, combining the best of the Pacific Rim in its architecture and décor. The hotel features three eclectic dining destinations, resort-style Willow Stream Spa, rooftop pool deck, lavish guestrooms, and a variety of the city’s most luxurious suites including the new Owner’s Suites; a collection of stylish mid-century modern designed suites, inspired by what makes a city feel alive.