March 13, 2011

Sidecar Trolley Tour 2011 x Cocktail Art! x Pub Crawl

2011 Sidecar Trolley Tour pub crawl at The Refinery, The Keefer Bar, the Tiki Bar at the Waldorf Hotel, and after party at Buschlen Mowatt Gallery on March 11, 2011.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | The Refinery

To celebrate the Tales of the Cocktail coming to Vancouver over the weekend, a few fine folks organized a trolley tour pub crawl to unofficially kick things off.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | The Refinery

The first stop was The Refinery. I had been there before and it's a nice spot to casually relax.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | The RefinerySidecar Trolley Tour | The Refinery

Each spot has a special cocktail mix and the first was my favourite. It was a flavourful, gingery drink.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

The trolleys themselves were interesting rides. Most patrons had a raucous time and it was definitely an unique way to go from bar to bar. It was a classy affair.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

Before heading to the Tiki Bar, we stopped at The Keefer Bar which seemed to be in the most random location in Chinatown. It was a long and narrow corridor. The trick mirror was very jarring. It was too dark to take good photos, but there coconut water concoction was tasty.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | The Waldorf Tiki Bar

I love the Tiki Bar at the Waldorf. The coconut milk served in freshly cut cocounut shell with rum was delicious. I also had a mai tai that was a fruity delight. I love the old school, analogue musical setup with classic speakers, audio, and sound.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

By the time, we got to the art gallery for the after party, I was feeling it after a long week and five drinks well into the Friday night.

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The spacious place with wicked lighting and a cool setup was quite intriguing. The art on the walls and unusual moss piece provided an interesting vibe. The crowd packed the place making for a great atmosphere.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

The night was a blast. The most important part of social planning is the care and thought put into the organization of any venture.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt GallerySidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

It was clear the thoughtfulness and time the organizers put into the night. Honestly, these things can very easily turn into gong shows, but they pulled it off in spades.

Sidecar Trolley Tour | Buschlen Mowatt Gallery

The event had a more affluent, social clientele. This made for some great people watching. For some reason, I was more in reporter mode watching the patrons drink up and party in style, soaking up another interesting experience.



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