Vancouver Magazine hosts its 12th annual Big Night event on February 5, 2016. During this excusive culinary soiree, the winning chefs from this year’s Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards will be preparing delicious dishes to match top wines from the 2016 International Wine Competition. Food and travel blogger Diana Chan of Foodology gives us the low-down on the 10 participating restaurants.
Do you like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain? Thankfully you can do both in Vancouver where tropical cocktails are a year-round affair. From alcohol-soaked pineapple sippers to multi-coloured bellini slushies, there’s no shortage of icy drinks in this city. So get ready for a boozy brain freeze at these local bars where the Tiki trend is in full force. [Photo courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts]
Rainy evening or summer afternoon: it’s always a good time for a gin and tonic. Some of Vancouver’s finest establishments turn a classic G&T into an original masterpiece. If you’re looking for fizz and flavour, pull up a stool at these local cocktail bars. 
Who doesn’t love the refreshing blend of zesty lime and tequila? As patio season fast approaches, these vibrant spots throughout Vancouver offer creative and classic margaritas for summer sipping. [Image credit: iStock.com/mitchellpictures]
When you're looking to woo your first date, the relaxed vibe of a bar can serve as the perfect setting – while the boozy beverages can help calm your nerves. Whether you prefer a laid-back pub for a casual blind date or an upscale lounge to impress your long-time crush, here are some of the best spots in Vancouver to break the ice. [Image courtesy of Salt Tasting Room]
You can't always leave the kids at home. Thankfully, Vancouver is a city full of drinking – and eating – establishments that cater to foodies with underagers in tow. Whether you're bringing little ones along to a bar with board games or just grabbing a booth at the local pub, cold pints and laid-back vibes await you at these family-friendly spots.
Lobster used to be a bottom feeder and the only thing that poor families in outport communities could afford. It's still a bottom feeder today, but now the clawed crustaceans fetch high prices in elite restaurants across the world. No matter your take on it, Vancouver’s renowned seafood restaurants serve up plenty of lobster dishes to satisfy your palate. [Photo credit: iStock.com/GMVozd]
In close proximity to one of the nation’s best wine regions, it’s no surprise that Kits is home to numerous restaurants catering to wine lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the work of an artisanal chef or just relaxing with friends after work, here are several spots to fill your glass in Kits. [Photo courtesy of Bishop's]
Vancouver’s grey, dark winter months make this the perfect time of year to stay indoors. We’ve tracked down a few of the city’s best new restaurants where you'll find refuge from the rain while enjoying culinary delights. From a summer camp-inspired sandwich shop to a Southern-style saloon, here are the hottest eateries to discover during the coldest season. [Photo of Juniper courtesy of Luis Valdizon, Where They Find Us]
Locals and tourists alike love Gastown, and for good reason. This neighbourhood has the Old World charm of Montreal, and is chock full of independent retailers, bars and restaurants. Enjoying the neighbourhood can come, however, with a hefty price tag. So for those looking for a quick post-work pint, or a steal of a deal while out on pub crawl with friends, check out these Happy Hour specials! [Image courtesy of Six Acres]
Why not skip the at-home Super Bowl party this year and head out on the town! Local pubs and bars will be luring football fans off the couch and out of the house with the promise of fried food, cold beer, prize giveaways, and plenty of exciting game-day action on and off the big screen. On Sunday, February 5, grab a seat at one of these 10 Vancouver venues to watch Super Bowl 51 in style.
Vancouver’s natural beauty is one of her strongest selling points, so fantastic views abound in our glorious city. In the rainy winter months, though, it’s easy to choose finding shelter over stopping to take it all in. Sitting on any of these heated patios precludes having to make such a choice, allowing locals to remain warm – and dry – while getting a small taste of the outdoors. [Image courtesy of Dockside Restaurant]
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