VCW Events

Sample the city’s best cocktail and food offerings with these ticketed events

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These ticketed events range from master classes to cocktail-paired dinners to drag shows, and represent the wide world of cocktail culture in Vancouver and beyond. Many feature global brand ambassadors and the city’s top bar stars—and all of them offer exciting tastes for those thirsty for new experiences.

Check back often as more events will be added in the coming weeks. 

Sunday, March 5

Oysters & Scotchtails

Bar Susu
209 East 6th Avenue
2 seatings:
1-3 pm – This event is almost SOLD OUT
3-5 pm – SOLD OUT

Enjoy freshly shucked oysters expertly paired with three handcrafted Scotchtails (featuring Talisker, The Singleton and Johnnie Walker) at Bar Susu, featured in the Michelin guide to Vancouver.

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Walktails in Gastown: Vancouver’s drinking history

Meeting point: Pourhouse (162 Water Street)
4 to 7 pm – This event is almost SOLD OUT

Take a “walktail” tour of Gastown, Vancouver’s original drink-savvy neighbourhood. This guided walking tour explores the downtown nightlife hotspot that just happens to be the founding location of both the city and its cocktail culture. You’ll discover not only insider secrets from local bar and drinks lore, but also experience some of the Gastown locations and events that made Vancouver the world-class drinking city it is today. Over three hours, you’ll make three to four stops and enjoy bespoke sips—including a very special 90-day-barrel-aged cocktail batch created especially for VCW2023—plus tips from local spirits and drinks expert, The Alchemist columnist Charlene Rooke, on how to wood-age your own drinks at home.

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Monday, March 6

Campari Negroni Hour

Homer St. Café and Bar
898 Homer Street
2:30-5:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Join us for Negroni Hour, featuring a Negroni fountain, DJ and Campari Negroni cocktail list. Ticket includes one complimentary Negroni.

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Scotch & Charcuterie Pairing

1026 Mainland Street
4 to 6 pm

Explore the different whisky regions of Scotland, tasting iconic single malts (Lagavulin, Talisker, Glenkinchie and The Singleton) with the perfect charcuterie and cheese pairing.

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Classic Mexican Cocktails & Tacos with Don Julio

Legacy Liquor Store’s “Taste of Legacy”

1633 Manitoba Street
6:30 to 8:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Learn how to make 3 classic Tequila cocktails (Paloma, Margarita, Old Fashioned) paired with tacos from Maizal. Featuring Don Julio Blanco, Reposado and Anejo tequilas. 

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West Coast BBQ Dinner

Whiskey Six BBQ
826 Renfrew Street
6 pm

Whiskey Six hosts a five-course BBQ dinner, each course paired with a cocktail made with spirits from one of our fine B.C. distilleries. Whiskey Six BBQ brings together traditional barbecue and organic ingredients from local farmers and suppliers to challenge the traditional view of barbecue without compromising on ingredients, reinventing what can be created on the grill and smoker. This is West Coast BBQ.

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Tuesday, March 7

Campari Boulevardier Party x International Women’s Day

The Chickadee Room in Juke Fried Chicken
182 Keefer Street
3-7pm – More tickets just added!

Enjoy a complimentary Boulevardier and snacks provided by Juke Fried Chicken. All proceeds going towards Vancouver Eastside Women’s Centre. 

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Chef’s Table Dinner with Amari Cocktail Pairings

1017 West Hastings Street
6:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Campari Canada invites you to an evening of Amari tasting and cocktails at David Hawksworth’s Nightingale restaurant. Indulge in an unforgettable chef’s table dining experience alongside head chef Alan Tam and Campari Academy Canada’s Priya Shah. Priya will walk you through the nuances and flavour profiles of Amari from the south to the north of Italy while you enjoy Nightingale’s farm-to-table cuisine, paired with original Amari cocktails. An incredible way to spend a spirited evening with friends while gaining insight into the historical and hip world of Amari! See you there.

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4 Course Sustainable Dinner with Luxury Rum Cocktail Pairings

Straight and Marrow
1869 Powell Street
7pm and 8pm – SOLD OUT

Enjoy a sustainably sourced 4 course meal paired with 4 cocktails from Flor de Caña’s luxury range (12yr, 15 ECO, 18yr & 25yr).

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Old School Cool with Fords Gin

Brass Fish Tavern
385 Burrard Street
7 to 10 pm – SOLD OUT

A celebration of gin. The iconic gin classics are about as cool as cocktails get. Join us at Brass as we welcome Fords Gin for a night of gin cocktails, Gin & Tonics and, of course, gin Martinis. Explore the botanicals of gin through an aromatic demonstration table, experiment with flavours with a DIY G&T menu and enjoy a selection of classic and modern gin Martini variations. Tickets Include two cocktails (one Gin & Tonic and one Martini) and two West Coast oysters served with accompaniments. Full kitchen menu available as well as a feature oyster menu.

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Late Night Bites & Tropical Gin Cocktails

Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions
67 West 6th Avenue
10 pm

Experience the lesser-known parts of gin & tropical culture with a very special menu curated by 2020 Tales of the Cocktails International Bartender of the Year Kelsey Ramage. Joining us throughout the night to chat all things gin will also be the creator of Fords Gin, Simon Ford! 

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Wednesday, March 8

Giffard Hour: Five Generations of Savoir Faire through Cocktails and Fun Bites

Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville Street
3 to 7 pm

Since 1885, when pharmacist Èmile Giffard created the digestif Menthe Pastille, Giffard has been making premium liqueurs and syrups in Angers, France. Today this family-owned business still transforms top-quality botanicals into products used by the world’s top bartenders—from apricot liqueur and almond syrup to Violette and the new Triple Sec. Sample what they do best at this cocktail soirée where guests can enjoy three craft cocktails along with creative canapés.

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Dinner at L’Abattoir with Simon Ford of Fords Gin

217 Carrall Street
6 pm – SOLD OUT

Vancouver Cocktail Week & Sovereign Canada are excited to share that the founder of one of the fastest-growing gin brands around the globe, Simon Ford, is coming to Vancouver this year! To celebrate this rare occasion, we invite you to join us for a collaborative dinner hosted by Simon Ford of Fords Gin and L’Abattoir Bar Manager Dave Bulters.

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Vij’s Private Dinner & Cocktail Pairing

3106 Cambie Street
6:30 to 9:30 pm

Enjoy the VIP experience at Vij’s, recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, at this private four-course dinner. Each course of modern Indian fare is perfectly paired with expertly crafted cocktails featuring Johnnie Walker and Tanqueray 10, and enjoyed in Vij’s botanical rooftop solarium.

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Barkeeps of Bowmore – A Sensory Dinner Tour of Bowmore

425 West Georgia Street
6:30 pm

Join us at Acquafarina with Bowmore Ambassador James Neil for a 5-course dinner and sensory experience of the Bowmore Single Malt Distillery. You’ll get to savour the flavours, sounds, and aromatics of Islay. Each course will take you to a specific area of the distillery, a specific layer of our single malt scotch, and some stories of Bowmore’s heritage along the way. You’ll also enjoy bespoke cocktails and food pairings by the amazing team at Acquafarina. It will be an experience that will entice all your senses.

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Whisky Den at Clough Club

Clough Club
212 Abbott Street
7 to 10 pm – SOLD OUT

The Whisky Den is back! Join us at Clough Club for a night of whisky exploration, education and, of course, cocktails. We will be tasting a selection of Canadian whisky expressions, with a paired menu, canapés and feature cocktails, all hosted by a Canadian whisky expert every step of the way. Tickets include welcome canapés, three-course set menu, cocktail pairings and tasting.

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Flor de Caña Rum presents: Late Night Snack drag show x Diamond

The Diamond
6 Powell Street
7 pm: Doors
8 pm: Show – SOLD OUT

Just when you thought you were full, Late Night Snack is back, babies, with a cast that’ll leave you hungry for more! Enjoy one of Vancouver’s most celebrated drag acts, “Late Night Snack,” at The Diamond Cocktail Bar with a special Flor de Caña sustainable cocktail list to wash it all down!

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Thursday, March 9

2023 World Class Bartender of the Year Reception Challenge

The Vancouver Club
915 West Hastings Street
5 to 7 pm – SOLD OUT

Help in the selection of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2023! All 10 finalists will be presenting their two group-serve cocktails—one with Tanqueray No. Ten and one a no- or low-proof cocktail using Seedlip. Attendees will have the option to choose their favourite cocktail (and bartender) in this challenge.

The winner of the challenge and the consumer choice will be announced live at the Golden Era Cocktail Revival Gala on Saturday, March 11.

Limited number of tickets available for this event

Dinner at L’Abattoir with Esquimalt Vermouth & Apéritifs

L’Abattoir (Private Dining Room)
217 Carrall Street
6 pm

Join us for a collaboration dinner with award winning Esquimalt Vermouth & Apéritifs. Hosted by chef Lee Cooper, Esquimalt co-founder Quinn Palmer and L’Abattoir bar manager Dave Bulters, the evening will feature an elevated multi-course menu with Esquimalt apéritifs and cocktail pairings. A truly unique Vancouver Cocktail Week evening awaits—come and experience first hand why these local vermouths and apéritifs need a place at your dinner table!

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Cocktails at ‘Kada with Don Papa Rum Philippines

605 Nelson Street
6 to 7:30 pm – This seating is almost SOLD OUT
8:00 to 9:30pm – SOLD OUT

Barkada or ‘Kada for short is a Filipino term meaning: your circle of friends; your chosen family. Get your barkada together for a fun night out at this new, cozy snack bar in the heart of downtown. Featuring three signature Filipino cocktails—crafted by Don Papa Rum global ambassador & celebrity bartender Ben Rojo – paired with modern Filipino snacks, this will be a harvest table-style cocktail party for the ages. Tara – let’s go!

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From Cognac to Barbados: A Renegade’s Voyage

Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville Street
6:30 pm Cocktail Reception
7 pm dinner – This event is almost SOLD OUT

This four-course cocktail-pairing dinner takes your tastebuds on a journey that begins in Cognac more than four centuries ago, when the wine-growing Maison Ferrand was first established. In 1989, Alexandre Gabriel made it his mission to breathe new life into the old brand, using traditional craft production methods and premium ingredients. He began with Ferrand Cognac, the followed it with Citadelle Gin, Plantation Rum and Dry Curaçao. Follow the story via craft cocktails using these exceptional spirits, with gourmet dishes to accompany them.

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Traditional Hawaiian Lū’au, North Shore Style, presented by Koloa Rum

16 West 
140 16th Street West, North Vancouver
7 pm

Please join Mr. Robert “Bob” Gunter for an unforgettable evening at North Vancouver’s hippest Wine Bar—16 West! A traditional Hawaiian Four Course Feast will be paired with Koloa Rum based cocktails along with entertainment that will certainly impress. Bob will explain the history and culture that reflects the commitment to supporting and building our ohana—by bringing people together, creating great memories and sharing the Aloha way of life. Seating is limited and the experience will be like none other!

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Friday, March 10

Michter’s American Whiskey Cocktails & Snacks at Published on Main

Published on Main
3593 Main Street
12 to 2 pm

Join Michter’s expert, Raven Fuller for an exclusive afternoon of cocktails, tastings and delicious bites at Published on Main. You’ll taste through a range of their Whiskeys including an exciting special!

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Sangria Siesta

Como Taperia 
201 East 7th Avenue
3 to 4:30 pm
3:30 to 5 pm
4 to 5:30 pm – This seating is almost SOLD OUT

Did you just wake up from a siesta?—Get the night started the Spanish way with Sangria, Free Tapas, and complimentary coffee cocktails.

How better to start Vancouver Cocktail Week’s Friday night than recharging with food, alcohol, and caffeine. Enjoy Como Taperia’s classic happy hour Sangria and Free Tapas while Licor43 brand ambassador, Diana Reyes, demonstrates the perfect Carajillo and more. Come enjoy this legendary liqueur!

Ticket includes 2 glasses of sangria, tapas, complimentary coffee cocktails from Licor 43, tax and gratuity.

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An Evening in Venice with Select Aperitivo

1029 West Cordova Street
4:30 to 6:30 pm – SOLD OUT

Experience la dolce vita with Select Aperitivo at Bacaro. From 4:30pm-6:30pm, enjoy Select Aperitivo cocktails, complemented by exquisite Italian-style bites. Take in a cocktail demonstration of the Venetian Spritz, then use your newfound knowledge to recreate your own Select Aperitivo cocktails at home. A live artist will paint guest portraits on site to give you the feeling of enjoying vendors along the canals of Venice.

Ticket price includes up to 4 cocktails per guest, live entertainment and free-flowing cicchetti throughout the evening.

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Saturday, March 11

Brunch for Good

Banter Room
1039 Mainland Street
11:30 am to 2 pm

Brunch for Good! Enjoy a delicious brunch paired with Ketel One vodka cocktails, while supporting those who need a little extra help through the food bank.

Brunch for Good is hosted by special guests Dennis Tamse (Global Relationships Director – Nolet Distillery and Ketel One Vodka – Netherlands) and Frédérique Leblanc (brand ambassador for Diageo’s Reserve products in Montreal)

A portion of the proceeds go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.

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Sunday, March 12

Disaronno Brunch at The Chickadee Room

The Chickadee Room in Juke
182 Keefer Street
11:30 am – This seating is almost SOLD OUT
1 pm – Still some tickets left

Disaronno and North America 50 Best Bars Awards teamed up to host an exclusive brunch at The Chickadee Room to sign off Vancouver Cocktail Week. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind menu catered by Juke with special guest bartenders!

Uniquely crafted cocktails will be served by Christina Veira, “Icon of the Year” at the North America 50 Best Bars ceremony in 2022, from Bar Mordecai in Toronto and by Jeff Van Horne from Dear Friend in Halifax. Both are co-owners of their celebrated cocktail bars and acclaimed Canadian bartenders.

Featuring special guest performer Scarlett Bobo!

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Tour and Cocktails with Odd Society Master Distiller

Odd Society Spirits
1725 Powell Street
4 pm – This event is almost SOLD OUT
5 pm – SOLD OUT

Come to an exclusive behind the scenes tour in an award-winning whisky, gin and liqueur distillery in East Vancouver. Master Distiller Gordon Glanz will take small groups on a journey through the production side of things. Tickets include a cocktail flight of three creations by Mia Glanz, mad scientist bar manager.

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