Vancouver Weekender: September 28 through 30, 2012

Wind down the work week by making plans to taste test the wares at a few of the newest watering holes to hit town. We’ve had our eye on a few newly-opened spots to try such as The Ticket Bar (808 Beatty Street) located close to all the action in the former Chop House space.  It boasts a spacious, upscale sports bar atmosphere and menu full of snack-happy bites (perfect after a long day at the office). If you didn’t manage to score front row seats at the Lion’s game, this might be the next best thing. Also on our list, hop over to check out The Hastings Warehouse located at 156 West Hastings Street for a post-work pint. Select from their solid selection of beer on tap while you enjoy the laid-back, no-fuss atmosphere fuelled by great music and a menu priced at under $5.     

Looking for something interesting to help fill up your Friday night? Why not head over to the Museum of Vancouver to partake in the return of Interesting Vancouver? Touted as a multi-disciplinary conference without a theme, this event is fuelled by an eclectic collection of attendees, spontaneously chosen subject matter and entertaining discussion that knows no bounds. Get ready for insightful cultural, social and political banter bound to get your creative juices flowing. To help wash it all down, your ticket includes access to the reception and drink ticket. Don’t wait, this event always sells out.

Saturday, we’ve sourced a number of things happening around town to tempt Notable young professionals starting with an inspirational trip to this year’s IDSWest (Interior Design Show West). Taking place all weekend long, this is one of Vancouver’s ultimate sources for design and lifestyle inspiration, where you’ll score plenty of insider tips, tricks and trends. There are hundreds of vendors and interior designers on-hand, displays to peruse and celebrity speakers to catch.

Also taking place this Saturday, head out to support the 4th Annual Shed Row Market (in support of New Stride). This two-day event focuses on locally produced items guaranteed to get you set up for a Thanksgiving feast. Find everything from farm fresh produce, artisan cheeses, freshly baked goods, gift items and more.

After a day spent out and about, consider filling up your evening by grabbing a quick bite at one of our long-time Notable favourites for classy comfort food, Gastown’s Pour House, before checking out a flick as part of the Vancouver International Film Festival – while it’s still ongoing.

Start off your Sunday by strolling out for a bite of brunch. Might we suggest you score a waterfront view at The Sylvia Hotel in English Bay, or head over to Cafe Medina for a tasty Belgian Waffle fix instead. If you opt for the later, be sure to slow things down with a mid-morning stroll along the cobble-stoned streets and check out the latest looks courtesy local boutiques Roden Gray and Rubi & Kino.

If you happen to be feeling a little more active when Sunday rolls around, consider making an early go of it in a charitable way and register for the CIBC Run for the Cure in support of Breast Cancer. It’s an easy 5km walk or run that will help you work up an appetite – and it’s open to all abilities, so there’s really no excuse not to.

Post-run, use the rest of your day to veg out. Head out and stock up for the week at the local Farmer’s Market and then go retro by grabbing tickets for the final day of Vancouver’s Retro Cinema Fest and park yourself for back-to-back Back to the Future flicks playing at the Denman Cinema. 

We think it’s the perfect way to channel your inner Marty McFly while escaping the grind on a Sunday.