For one week every June (24-30), bars and restaurants around the world serve up a beloved three-ingredient cocktail for a great cause. Launched in 2013 in partnership with Campari and Imbibe Magazine, Negroni Week is an annual effort to raise money for a number of charities by celebrating one of the great classics. Over the past 6 years, Negroni Week has grown to include over 12,000 participating venues world wide and has raised over $2 million for charitable organizations.
This year, 75 bars and restaurants are participating locally. Here’s a list of a few spots offering up classic Negronis and riffs for a great cause…
TUC has three Negroni riffs on offer this week including The Smoky Senorita; a mezcal variation for those looking for a creative play on the classic. This year TUC is supporting Water For People, an organization dedicated to the development of high-quality drinking water and sanitation services.
The speakeasy within the Rosewood Hotel Georgia also has three feature negronis including The Inception, which they describe as “a Negroni within a Negroni.” Interest piqued! Prohibition is supporting The Surfrider Foundation, which is dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans.
Tableau will have classic Negronis on offer as well as Le Pascal-Olivier, which is a play on the original with added hints of lavender. Tableau will be supporting Slow Food International, a grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation of local food cultures and traditions.
The folks at Savio Volpe invite you to swap out your bottle of red for a bottle Negroni this week. They will be serving the classic by the pour in support of Slow Food International.
In addition to their classic Negroni on tap, Mamie Taylor’s will be stirring their Improved Negroni featuring gin, Aperol, Campari, sweet vermouth and absinthe. They will be supporting the Wild Foundation, which is committed to protecting the planet’s wildlife.
The team at Di Beppe stirs up a classic Negroni to perfection. Enjoy one during Negroni Week to benefit the BC Hospitality Foundation.
The Dark Manor Inn is going all in on their take on a Negroni. The Read Death features rye, fino sherry, Campari, overproof rum, house-made falernum with a dehydrated Campari rim. Order one in support of Outside In, a Portland-based organization addressing homelessness and poverty experienced by the LGBTQIA+ community, people of colour and other marginalized groups.
The bar team at Pourhouse will be stirring up classic Negronis all week in support of both Slow Food International as well as the BC Hospitality Foundation, an organization that raises funds to support those in the hospitality industry facing financial crisis due to a health issue.
Bao Bei has decided to go with a Negroni riff this year. The team will be serving the Lin Bhu, featuring Santa Teresa Rum, Sunday in August Pinot Gris, Campari, lemon, grapefruit and salted plum bitters. Sip yours in support of Slow Food International.
A Tokyo Bicycle is a fitting name for a cocktail that riffs on a Bicicletta (itself a riff on a Negroni). The cocktail features Campari, St. Germain, Lillet, lavender bitters and soda and will be served in support of Lambda Legal, an organisation committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.
Head on over to Commercial Drive to enjoy a classic Negroni with a side of spaghetti! The folks at Pepino’s will be pouring bottled Negronis all week in support of Slow Food International.
Using a variety of housemade ingredients including spruce cone core-infused gin, Nootka rose tincture and edible flowers straight from the restaurant’s garden, Acorn will be serving up a unique Negroni riff in support of Water For People.
You’ll have your choice of five different Negronis at the Cascade this week. In addition to a classic on tap, they are offering two Negroni-slurpee riffs, a Negroni-based radler and a local Negrino mixed to order, all in support of Water For People.
The folks at Wildebeest are offering two variations. The Apex Negroni features a house blend of both gin and vermouth and is finished with a saline solution. Off the Beeten Path is a Negroni riff featuring gin, sherry, Cynar, honey, beet juice and balsamic vinegar. Wildebeest is supporting WE, an international charity and educational partner.
Three riffs are on offer this week at Elisa, including a cognac-based play on the classic featuring dry sherry, bitter vermouth blend and chocolate bitters. They’ll be mixing up Negronis this week in support of No Kid Hungry.
The team at PiDGiN will be serving up their Kazuki Negroni, which is a variation of the classic featuring Sheringham Kazuki Gin, sake, Campari, Spanish Vermut and a yuzu rinse. This year the team is supporting Slow Food International.
Boulevard will have three Negronis on special. In additional to the classic, they will also be serving up their Orchid Negroni with plum wine and Aperol as well as Where The Streets Have No Name, featuring Resurrection White Rye and Lillet. Boulevard is stirring drinks in support of CORE, an organization that supports children of food and beverage service employees facing life-altering circumstances.
Arike will have three Negroni iterations on offer this week including a classic, a sbagliato and a barrel-aged version. They are supporting Project C.U.R.E., which provides donated medical supplies to countries needing support around the world.
In celebration of Negroni Week, the bar team at H Tasting Lounge is not only offering three feature cocktails, but also a Negroni flight so you can have a taste of each one. You can sip on your favourite variation in support of No Kid Hungry, which is committed to fighting childhood hunger.
The folks at L’Abattoir will be serving up a Gold Negroni all week featuring Ungava gin (if you’ve never seen it, the colour is rather striking), Suze, dry vermouth and a touch of honey. L’Abattoir will be supporting the James Beard Foundation.
Here’s the full list of all local bars and restaurants participating in this year’s Negroni Week.