10 reasons to drink at Boxcar in Vancouver

10 reasons to drink at Boxcar in Vancouver

If a dive cocktail bar is something of a quandary to you. Let Boxcar answer this practical dilemma. On a day off I was toured around the wonderful Boxcar in Vancouver. Open since 2013′, this wonderful sister venue screams with character. Dylan mixed me a few beverages and waxed on about seals. Here are 10 reasons you should be drinking here. 1} As the name would suggest, the venue is long and sleek. This space makes things…

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An Afternoon at The Diamond, in 9 pics

An Afternoon at The Diamond, in 9 pics

Monday’s at The Diamond. Is it the languid crawl of a weekday shift on a midday bar, or a work of art? Recently, we went to Diamond Gastown, to train our lenses on their cocktail craft in the setting sun… What follows is a set of photographs capturing five cocktails at one of Vancouver’s favorite bars. Our hosts on the bar were Liana Madera and Adam Domet. Domet also happens to be their new Head…

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17 Reasons To Drink Fernet Branca Today

17 Reasons To Drink Fernet Branca Today

Fernet, whether you love it or not, has an unrelenting following in the world of cocktails and drinks. Here are 17 reasons to drink Fernet Branca Today; Fernet doesn’t care if you don’t like it. It asks you to come to its level. Its flavor’s been described as, ‘unapologetic‘. Fernet is a category of ‘Amaro‘. Italian for “Bitter“. It could be said that while all Fernet’s are amari, not all amari are Fernet. There’s no consistent…

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Going the extra mile as a bartender. World Class Extra Mile.

Going the extra mile as a bartender. World Class Extra Mile.

Imagine that you have made the national finals of the Canadian Wold Class Competition. You worked all year for it. Right at the moment of the finals, you have an epiphany that changes everything. You need to go the extra mile. I have always questioned myself on how I could be a better person, a better bartender, brother or son. I wanted to know how I could grow as a person. A year ago, when…

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LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

LÛMé (LUME) Melbourne; A truly unique experience.

Unique, this is the best word to start my story with, yes, uniqueness, and I am going tell you about LÛMé (LUME). The new culinary chapter of Shaun Quade is enclosed in a Terrace House at 226 Coventry Street, in South Melbourne. Just one step inside the door of LUME and I don’t know what was the first thing that most attracted my attention. Whether the fast and delicate steps of those who were working on the floor….

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Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

Strathcona Spirits – From jam pad to Edmonton’s first distillery

As far as any historians can tell – Edmonton, Alberta has never had a legal distillery. The space where Strathcona Spirits stands wasn’t ever meant to be a distillery, either. When owner Adam Smith secured it, he wasn’t a distiller. In fact, he had no idea that he would be involved in such a groundbreaking effort. The Baby Seal Club “We’ve had the space for well over 10 years”, relates Smith. “The original purpose for…

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123 of the World’s Best Travel hacks in 2017′

123 of the World’s Best Travel hacks in 2017′

Part of the bar craft involves travel. For inspiration or otherwise. When I was told I would be selected as one of the top travel hackers in 2017′ for my “In flight Bartender” piece, I was ecstatic. Here is the post, with links available to see all the amazing travel hacks from across all the industries. TRAVEL HACK; Packing Personal Cocktails For In-Flight Bartending You get to relieve the pressures of travel, with your perfect…

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MEDIA RELEASE: Cask, farm to glass drinks and fare in Ireland

MEDIA RELEASE: Cask, farm to glass drinks and fare in Ireland

Award-Winning Duo Front New Cutting-Edge Drinks, Food & Entertainment Venue Cask in Cork’s Victorian Quarter, Ireland Cask has a radical drinks program that features seasonal farm-to-glass cocktails devised by accomplished mixologist Andy Ferreira and an innovative small plates food menu created by award-winning chef Bryan McCarthy. ABOUT CASK Farm-to-glass cocktails chilled by Japanese ice machines are among the many things that make Cask a bar that defies most definitions of a standard cocktail bar. The…

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Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Canadian Cantineros Contest; Havana Club Canada

Havana Club Canada is searching for 20 Canadian bartenders to take a trip with them to Cuba. We got the opportunity to catch up with Donnie Wheeler by phone to chat about the upcoming contest and selection process. So tell me about this particular contest; So this is the Canadian Cantineros Contest of 2017′ by Havana Club. Cantineros being the Spanish word for bartender. I am basically taking a bunch of bartenders to Cuba, and I…

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Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

Odd History: The Hindenburg Cocktail

The hydrogen powered Hindenburg was a notable accomplishment even in an era when humanities’ technological advances were on overdrive. It’s also a history that can feel weird to research from a cocktail archaeology perspective – given that the giant blimp flew from Nazi-controlled Germany. The Zeppelin Company Chairman Eckener didn’t want his flights politicized for Nazi propaganda. His stance got him very publicly chastised by the Nazi’s. Prior to the first Zeppelin transatlantic flight in 1936,…

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