ON THE TOWN
Iconic Vancouver room returns for limited engagement
If you’re looking for a romantic hot spot to wine and dine your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, the Roof Restaurant + Bar at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is highly recommended.
With its opening set for this Friday, the historical venue offers some truly stunning panoramic views as well as plenty of old-school charm – something the iconic room is renowned for.
The15th-floor landmark started out as a swinging jazz club in the 40s before turning into a special events room. Now the luxury site is returning to its roots with a old-school sunken bar, a lounge with overstuffed wingback chairs and a dinner menu full of steakhouse classics, such as oysters, french onion soup and prime rib with Yorkshire pudding.
But this blast from the past is for a limited run only. The Roof will morph back into a banquet hall once the hotel’s first-floor lobby and lounge renos are completed in fall 2014.
In the mean time, the reopening celebrations for this sky-high restaurant are already underway. Last week, for example, the hotel hosted a sneak peek preview party and lemme tell ya, organizers could not have asked for a more spectacular sunset to wow their guests.
With that in mind, I don’t think Hotel Vancouver will have much trouble packing the Roof for the next several months. To book a reso, email email@example.com.
What do you get when you partner gourmet dishes prepared by some of the best restaurants in the city with award-winning wines? You get Vancouver Magazine’s Big Night, an annual celebration of grape and grain. Returning for the eighth year, the dining extravaganza was held at the Jewel Ballroom where bloggers, foodies, celebrity sommeliers and VIP guests gathered to get in on some premium pairing action. All in all, I would rate Big Night as one of the top 10 tasting events of the year, so definitely worth checking out if food and wine tastings are your bag.
Rock star party
The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival kicked off at North Van’s Centennial Theatre with a reception, several shorts and a presentation from Sasha DiGiulian. The world-champion climber did a bang-up job of getting the sold-out crowd pumped on pushing limits, exploring boundaries and reaching new peaks – both literally and figuratively. Me — I just left with an inexplicable craving for a Clif Bar. The VIMFF runs through Saturday. For more info, visit vimff.org.
Party On: Upcoming events in and around Vancouver
- Granville Island invites you to “discover artists' exhibits, local food, French films and pop up dances around every corner of the Island” during its ninth annual Winterruption festival, Feb. 14-16.
- The Northwest Comedy Festival featuring Dave Foley, Pee-Wee Herman, Patton Oswalt, Bobby Lee and Natasha Leggero, among others, hits town Feb. 13-22. For more information, visit northwestcomedyfest.com.
- Blushing Boutique (579 Richards St.) presents “All You Need is Love... and Chocolate and Fashion and a New Updo!” on Feb. 13 (6 p.m.). For more infomation, visit blushingboutique.com.