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Thursday, February 9

Vancouver Cocktail Week Pop-Up Soirée in Victoria

Lobby Lounge at the Fairmont Empress
February 9, 2023
6 to 8:30 pm

Join us for a VCW pop up cocktail extravaganza with guest bar stars travelling to Victoria from the World Class team. 2017 Canadian Winner Chris Ens, 2021 Global Champion James Grant and 2022 Canadian Winner Massimo Zitti will present their cocktails to the guests alongside the Fairmont Empress bar team. Paired with all this will be creative bites from Executive Chef Morgan Wilson, who brings over 30 years of culinary experience to a culinary style “without borders,” inspired by the Pacific Northwest and its abundance of local ingredients. Mingle and enjoy the passed canapés, live music and creative cocktails in a beautiful historic setting.

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Sunday, March 5

Punch Brunch

Botanist Restaurant at the Fairmont Pacific Rim
March 5, 2022
11:30 am to 2 pm

Join us for the third annual Vancouver Cocktail Week brunch at Botanist featuring cocktails created and handcrafted by the city’s top bartenders and paired with courses from executive chef Hector Laguna’s dynamic brunch menu. This event is a delightful discovery of flavours as top bartenders create surprising and inspired cocktails, and one of Vancouver’s most talented chefs matches their creations with new spins on classic brunch dishes.

This is the best way to start the day—and kick off Vancouver Cocktail Week 2023!

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Saturday, March 11

Golden Era Cocktail Revival Gala

Pacific Ballroom, Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
March 11, 2023
6 to 7 pm VIPs • 7 to 11 pm Partygoers

Take the grand staircase up to one of the most historic and beautiful ballrooms in Vancouver and the marquee event of Vancouver Cocktail Week: The Golden Era Cocktail Revival Gala.

Raise your glass to the fall of Prohibition and enter the golden era of cocktails at an epic party that takes you on a glamorous journey through tipsy traditions. Throughout the ballroom—designed in 1939 and with more than 800 hours of hand-painted details—stations featuring local bar stars and global brand ambassadors will offer drinks representing different eras in cocktail culture past and present.

Come early and enjoy our VIP hour, where you can mingle with our international and national VIP guests while enjoying passed canapés and cocktails. 

Following the VIP hour, cheer on the finalists in the World Class Canada bartender competition during their speed-round hour before we announce the 2023 Canadian Bartender of the Year. 

Then enjoy the food stations, live music and DJ, and cast your bids in the silent auction to support the BC Hospitality Foundation and its scholarship program. And don’t forget to visit the pop-up Legacy Liquor Store where you can pick up the products from the bar stations. 

The Golden Era Cocktail Revival Gala is guaranteed to be a night to remember.

Note that Fairmont Hotel Vancouver will be offering special room rates for the evening.

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