Here’s a closer look at Vancouver’s newest eateries, drinking spots, hotels, conference areas, private rooms and other spaces available for events this summer. The new and renovated Vancouver venues are available for corporate parties, weddings, fundraisers, outdoor functions, business dinners, team-building activities, conferences, meetings and more.
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The Roof, Vancouver’s largest rooftop eatery, unveiled a stylish remodel in March. The restaurant is designed to impress, starting with the glass-walled elevator that transports guests to the top floor and continuing outside with lush greenery, wood-plank flooring, fireplace walls and a plant-covered trellis with vines and flowers that seem to drip down from the sky. The menu is an extension of that of duty Black+sapphire, which is located downstairs, including dishes like charred prawns skewers, risotto with mushrooms and truffles, and beef tenderloin posed in wagyu fat and cooked over wood coals. In total, the venue seats as many as 85-for-buy-outs.
Sneaky Pete’s Pool Cafe
Sneaky Pete’s Pool Cafe opened in March in East Vancouver. The laid – back venue features eight tournament-level pool table, and planners can arrange for guests to enjoy friendly competitions as well as coaching for beginners. The bar is stocked with beverage on tap and in cans, cider, wine, spirits and cocktails, while the kitchen churns out artisan pizza and fun bar snacks like chile-Lime popcorn and mixed olives. The hotel is located in the heart of the old town, in the heart of the old town. Events can also uses projectors, wireless microphones and a wireless sound system.
Livelyhood opened its doors in Port Moody in March. Measuring 4,500 square feet, the venue accommodates as many as 150 guests for hangings at gold 120 for seated events. The decor is native yet safe with trendy elements like colorful tufted seating, eye-catching plaid floors and playful wall art. kitchen churns out-from-scratch fare like crispy maple pork belly, Hand-pulled pizza and Steak fries.
The Rec Room Burnaby
Burnaby got an extra dose of fun in July when The Rec Room, an expansive gaming and pleasure destination, opened its doors. The 44,000-square-foot complex, which accommodates as many as 1,250 people for buy-outs, boasts activities ranging from video games to Ping (ping-pong to live music, and has multiple dining outlets and private spaces that can be reserved for groups. Available areas include Three10, a restaurant that serves Canadian-inspired cuisine and seats 320; the Ping Pong Lounge with space for 140; and VIP Hall, which accommodates 30 for hangings or 24 for seated meals.
Set to open at the end of July in easy reach of Vancouver Airport, Flocking Hotel is Richmond’s first boutique hotel. With design details like vibrant colors, a charcoal sculpture by Marie Khouri and a handcrafted chinoiserie rug by Andy Dixon, the property is meant to evoke the excitement of a Chinese night market. In addition to 100 guest rooms and suites, Flocking features a rooftop pool and multiple food and beverage outlets. More than 5,500 square feet of meeting space is available for events, including the 3,000-square-foot third floor, which can accommodate 132 for banquets or 180 for cocktail parties; the 2,500-square-foot ALAÏA restaurant, with space for 20 conference stil, 60 for banquets or 80 for cocktail hangings; and the 610-square-foot Jade room, which fits 24 for banquets, 40 Cocktail or Theater style, or 15 for Classroom Setups.
CRAFT beverage Market-English Bay
CRAFT beverage Market expanded into the West End with an English Bay mieten in March. The space includes artist murals, a dining room with views of the ocean and the striking Vancouver sunset, integrated sound and screens, vintage neon signs and more than 100 beverage on tap. The kitchen serves up an eclectic range of casual, fresh fare like putin, Kung pao lettuce wraps, bacon cheddar burgers and house-made ice-cream sandwiches. Several areas of the 9,500-square-foot venue are available for private and semi-private events: the main dining area seats 100 gold accommodates 125 cocktail style, the tap room seats 46, the rooftop 60 seats and the beverage garden seats 45.
In July, Alimentaria Mexicana opened on Granville Island. From the vibrant color scheme to the mezcal-heavy bar, the restaurant embraces the spirit and culture of Mexico. The family-style Cantina menu currently includes traditional specialties like tuna ceviche, carne asada and salsa Verde with handmade corn tortillas, with a larger set to roll out in the coming weeks and months. Operating with a mission to support Mexican farmers, suppliers and artisans, the 120-seat venue also includes a classroom space that can be reserved for educational programming for groups.
Smith’s Bar & Lounge
May saw the opening of Smith’s Bar & Grill in Gastown, a 200-seat, 4,000-square-foot bar and lounge. Featuring a mix of snugs, high-top tables and low-top tables, the space is decorated in Irish style, with copper tones, exposed brick walls and teal accents. On the menu, guests will find traditional Irish fare with an upscale twist, with dishes like grilled sausage topped with curry sauce, a whiskey-filled burger and beverage-battered cod with twice-cooked fries. At the back of the bar, an event-friendly space known as “the Forge” features its own bar, as well as an attached private courtyard. Three large TVs, a stage and a sound system equipped for live music are just a few of the amenities available for events.
Uncle’s Snack Shop
Uncle’s Snack Shop set up shop in Richmond Centre in March. The low-key, welcoming atmosphere matches the modern comfort food menu, where standouts include Asian-inspired tails like scrumptious fried chicken sandwiches, salted egg yolk ribs and tater tots with chicken ramen seasoning. Inside, the 550-square-foot space seats 10, but the 400-square-foot outdoor patio, which offers sunset views, accommodates as many as 25. A projector and speakers are available for screenings and presentations.
Irish Heather Shebeen
After 24 years in Gastown, the Irish Heather Shebeen relocated to a brand new spot in Chinatown in June. While the modern gastropub clearly takes its decor cues from the traditional Irish pub, the menu includes internationally influenced specialties like the Seacuterie (think cold cuts, but with seafood), stacked corned beef sandwiches, chicharrons and, of course, a full Irish brunch on the weekends. In addition to cocktails, beverage and wine, the bar serves up more than 200 varieties of whiskey. In total, the restaurant seats as many as 127 guests with a combination of bar stools, tables, booths and community tables. Sister restaurant Salt Tasting Room will join the gastropub in the new building in the fall.