Just opened: Hooker’s Green
Newly launched and conveniently located below the New Oxford in Yaletown is a plush new venue made for cocktail-infused good times. A huge wrap-around library sets the tone for this chic space with just the right number of strategically placed HDTV’s that don’t intrude on the cozy, cool atmosphere. With a little luck from Mother Nature, bar-goers will be able to enjoy their patio in time for the weekend too. 1141 Hamilton Street.
Recently opened: Fat Dragon BBQ
If you have a hankering for BBQ goodness with a Chinese-style twist, look no further than Fat Dragon for your fix. Though located a little off the beaten path in the DTES, this spot hits its mark with bright colours that create a welcoming ambiance, great service, comfortable bar area and menu oozing with flavourful, smoked dishes (both meat and vegetable-based) guaranteed to jump-start your cravings. 566 Powell Street.
Ongoing: Vancouver Craft Beer Week (May 18 – 26)
Catch the last weekend of the 3rd Annual Craft Beer Week and book into one of the many restaurants around town offering beer-geared menu selections celebrating great brewing. With more than 60 Breweries involved in this event, it has continually built buzz beyond the beer aficionados. Find participating restaurants and book before it’s gone (festival ends Saturday, May 26th).
Parisian Antique Corset Exhibition and Soiree (May 27)
Get hooked on high fashion circa the 18th century and don your gown to join other corset enthusiasts at Hycroft Mansion and peruse the vast array of antique and personal corsets collected by Melanie Talkington. Take in the elegant setting offered by Hycroft for an afternoon garden party that includes a luncheon, fashion show, boudoir photo booth and opportunity to purchase your own reproduction of fashionable history. 1489 McRae Avenue.
Get tweeting for a cause: Mission Possible SmartPhone Raiser (May 25th)
Join other young professionals and help raise funds for Mission Possible at this event that encourages you to tweet, call, text or bbm friends and family for prizes. Enjoy drink specials, live DJ tunes, prizes and plenty more. This event takes place at The Academic Public House located at 1619 West Broadway.
Portobello West (May 26-27)
Catch this popular two-day non-profit market that has become a fantastic way to add to your wardrobe. Pick up sought-after pieces from emerging designers and score fashionable finds while supporting local artists. With more than 50 local designer’s on hand, it’s a great place to go if you’re in the market for that unique and buzz-worthy piece. 1 Athletes Way (Creekside Community Centre).