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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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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The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe; a home bartenders curated guide

The Coupe glass has been the favorite glass of professionals and home bartenders for a long time. The Coupe book, celebrates that history. The craft cocktails and vintage collectibles natural intersections. With cocktail guides and drinks manuals that seem to come out in greater number each year. While you can see a mixture of professional guides blended with curated recipes manuals are everywhere. How do you discern?  The Coupe by Brian Hart Hoffman is the later. A…

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Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

Victoria, BC: a 24 hour cocktail pilgrimage

In the words of Queen Victoria herself; “The important thing is not what they think of me, but what I think of them.” Victoria is the first of many journeys as a traveling bartender in 2017′. Giving you an insider look at the “industry” while spending a night on the town.   To start, when you head to any city on a drinking pilgrimage it is especially relevant to do a little research on your hotel….

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Bartender Pilgrimage, 24 hrs in {insert city name here}

Bartender Pilgrimage, 24 hrs in {insert city name here}

The job of a bartender can be arduous and can take the life from you. It’s easy to search out articles covering addiction in the hospitality industry. Depression in the industry. Sexual harassment. Bartenders have a front row seat to the best and worst in people. The life of a Bartender is not the life for everyone.   Yet, out of the pain and challenges, comes one of the most fascinating and rewarding careers. We love it. Most…

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Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

Lost Mango Nut | Why Scotch and Mango deserve each other.

When I dig into a new drink idea, I typically try to work from the constructs of an ingredient. Today it was Mango. No grand plan, the mango was ripe, it was in the fridge and it was calling for use. Second, I look to the spirit. I’ve recently moved so the “home bar” is not what it has been, but there are some gems. The Lost Blend by Compass Box is as complex as it is…

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Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver, an oasis on Hornby street

Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver, an oasis on Hornby street

The “Hotel Bar” in Canada took a bit of a beating in the 90’s and early 00’s. By all accounts, it fell into obscurity and lost its way. After thoughts to a high thread count and a hearty meal. Now, Vancouver is at the forefront of the resurgence of the “Hotel Bar” in Canada. The Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver is true to form and has set themselves on the world stage of service and hospitality. When…

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Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

Travel Hacks for Bartender’s traveling Europe

For the North American Bartender, heading to Europe is an eye-opening experience. A few Travel Hacks when heading to EU can be essential to a good experience. Being resourceful conversationalist, bartenders are personable and some of the best travel companions. So, after crossing the pond for more than one bartender pilgrimage, we have found some “travel hacks” that will improve how your time’s spent. We won’t be telling you where to go or who to see,…

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Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

Okanagan Spirits, World Class Canadian Distillery in BC Wine Country

The Okanagan valley is a magical place. Often compared as the “California” of Canada. The Valley sits between the 49th and 50th parallel, putting it in the same latitude as the European wine regions of Champagne and Rheingau. When the Okanagan comes up in conversation, you will surely hear about the BC vineyards (#bcwine). You will hear about the farming and the fruit growers. The winemakers are larger than life here (like most wine regions)….

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Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Dandelion and White Peach Antilles, an archipelago of inspiration

Inspiration for art comes from everywhere. The craft of the cocktail has hit the main stream again and bar tenders are considered artists in many ways. If this site does not make it clear, cocktails and bartending are a large part of my artistic expression. A good amount of me is creatively put into 2 minute taste experiences for people and I love it. This cocktail, inspired by my two favourite subjects, history and seasonal flavour. The…

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