February. 13. 2023|Cocktails

Vancouver Cocktail Week Returns

In its second year, VCW will be a toast to the art of the cocktail, and so much more

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Cocktails are a deeply rooted part of Freehouse Collective culture, and the return of Vancouver Cocktail Week for its second edition is being celebrated with a full schedule of special events and Cinq à Sept social hours. 

It will be a destination event that celebrates the vibrant culture of food and drink in a city that is a hub of cocktail creativity, its multi-award-winning bartender ambassadors for all make this such an exciting culinary community. This event will give those talented bartenders the showcase they deserve—and serve up delicious fun for consumers, too.

Ballyhoo: Aperitivo Hour with Priya Shah

March 7th at 1pm

Join us at The Ballyhoo as we welcome Priya Shah of Campari Group to discuss the rich history of the Apertivo & Amari.

Topics of discussion will include a highlight of current cocktail and industry trends, cocktail culture as a whole, and of course the best uses of the world's most notable red bitter: Campari. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from one of Canada's foremost experts on the category while enjoying light snacks and bitter cocktails featuring Campari & Aperol. 

Practice your negroni-making skills with a cocktail development and take home your very own Campari bar kit.

Brass Fish: Old School Cool with Fords Gin

March 7th at 7pm

A celebration of the iconic gin classics is about as cool as cocktails get.

Join us at Brass Fish as we welcome Fords Gin for a night of gin cocktails, Gin & Tonics, and, of course, gin Martinis. Explore the botanicals of gin through an aromatic demonstration table, experiment with flavors with a DIY G&T menu, and enjoy a selection of classic and modern gin Martini variations.

Tickets include two cocktails (one Gin & Tonic and one Martini) and two West Coast oysters served with accompaniments. Full kitchen menu is available as well as a feature oyster menu.

Clough Club: Whiskey Den with Dave Mitton

March 8th at 7pm

The Whisky Den is back!

Join us at Clough Club for a night of whisky exploration, education, and, of course, cocktails. We will be tasting a selection of Canadian whisky expressions, with a paired menu, canapés and feature cocktails, all hosted by a Canadian whisky expert every step of the way.

Tickets include welcome canapés, a three-course set menu, cocktail pairings, and tasting.

The Stock Room

Cinq à Sept Happy Hour

Wayward, tropical island vibes meet an intoxicant stockroom at this classy and cultured yet approachable secret cocktail bar tucked behind Hundy Burger. Clandestine libations and merrymaking are to be found if you’re looking. During Vancouver Cocktail Week, enjoy three feature tequila cocktails: Paloma, Margarita, and Sangrita.

Cinq à Sept Happy Hours

Multiple locations from March 5th-11th

Once the workday is done, head straight to one of these elevated happy hours based on the French concept of the “cinq à sept”—5 to 7 pm, the playful hours between work and family life.

Three cocktail-forward locations–Brass Fish Tavern in the Financial District, Yaletown’s Stock Room Cocktail Bar, and Clough Club in Gastown–will offer Cinq à Sept social hours with feature pricing on cocktails and spirits. The offerings range from Tromba Tequila creations at Stock Room to amazing selections of classics at Clough Club and Brass FIsh. They’re a perfect way to unwind after the 9-to-5 and wind up for the evening ahead.

Note that these events are not ticketed; however, some establishments may recommend reservations, so call ahead to secure a seat. Check the venues’ availability below.

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