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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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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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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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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5 hard-won lessons for any Bartender

5 hard-won lessons for any Bartender

Do anything long enough and you’ll start to see the familiar patterns form that help make the job easier. In line with that; here are a few of my most hard-won observations on being a modern bartender. 1. Hospitality first Biz Markie once said: “Hip hop is the culture, rap is what I do.” Similarly, my mantra is that bartending is the profession, of which making drinks is a component. It’s not about the drink….

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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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Fairmont Classics Perfected: Interview avec Nader Chabaane

Fairmont Classics Perfected: Interview avec Nader Chabaane

Dans les locaux de Liquid Kitchen, quatre des meilleurs barmans au monde se réunissaient pour créer ce qui allait devenir (lancé officiellement le 23 novembre 2015) le premier menu cocktail international. Erik Lorincz du Savoy à Londres, Grant Sceney du Pacific Rim à Vancouver, Tom Hogan du Fairmont Singapore et Nader Chabaane du Château Frontenac à Québec ont uni leurs efforts pour élaborer CLASSICS PERFECTED, une carte de cocktails haut de gamme, misant sur la balance de…

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12 Bartenders Share Their Favorite Drink after a Hard Shift

12 Bartenders Share Their Favorite Drink after a Hard Shift

In part one of this series, “16 Bartenders Share Their Post Shift Cure to a Hard Shift“, we asked industry veterans to talk about their post work rituals that help them to recover after an exceptionally hard shift behind the bar. Food, exercise and the classic bartenders “handshake” (beer and a shot) featured highly. Not all bartenders are elated by the prospect of having a cocktail after making drinks for guests all night, usually at…

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