About The Boozecan

So what’s The Boozecan all about? It’s about bringing you the low-down on the best (and worst) places to booze it up, plus other related nonsense from around Vancouver, the Lower Mainland, around the web and wherever else we see fit.

Why? First and foremost, we just got tired of frequenting the same old watering holes. We decided what the people needed (especially us) was a resource of places to drown your sorrows, and places to avoid – everything from holes-in-the-wall to high-end cocktail joints. Which brings us to our second reason.

We were sick of crap bars serving crap drinks at crap prices. We figured you deserve someone who’s going to tell it like it is when it comes to dropping your dough on drinking. And by God, we will.

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Happy New Year, boozehounds!

OK, we’re a tad early, but who’s counting? Your Friday tune, despite the year it celebrates, is still the best end-of-year party song bar none. So crank it up and get down.

All the best for 2012 from The Boozecan. Well, unless that Mayan sh*t goes down…

Prince - 1999

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A Merry Boozemas to one and all!

It’s The Boozecan’s favourite holiday season “carol” of all time. Enjoy, and happy Friday!

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The Billy Bishop - 1407 Laburnum St. - www.billybishoplegion.org

This is the third year in a row we’ve posted this review. It’s not that we’re lazy - well, we kinda are actually - it’s that “The Billy”, its patrons & members, and its whole raison d’etre deserve the accolades and the support. Yours and ours. So read on…

‘K, we’re going to get a lil’ bit preachy here, so bear with us: This Friday is Remembrance Day. As we like to remind people, thousands of Canadian soldiers didn’t die or suffer unfathomable physical and mental injuries just so we could have a day off in November. So we at The Boozecan implore you to avoid the shopping malls and all the tacky disrespect of wanton consumerism for a day, and at least try to catch the Remembrance Day services on telly. Better yet, if you can make it down to the cenotaph in person, it’s doubtful you’ll ever experience such a moving ceremony on that scale.

But it doesn’t all have to be all doom and gloom either. There’s a kick-ass way to support vets all year long–with a drink at a legion. They (legions across Canada) have been having a tough time as of late. It’s partly due to a dwindling membership–there are just less and less old soldiers around–and it’s partly their own doing. Legions haven’t exactly done much to encourage regular folks to pop in for a drink. But hey, what better way to support something than via a pint glass?

But before your turn your nose up at the thought of drinking in the stereotypical echo-y legion hall with metal banquet chairs around beat up, stained formica tables and the walls yellowed by 50 years of stale cigarette smoke, remember, they’re not all like that. And one of the best lies in the heart of Kitsilano–Royal Canadian Legion Branch 176–The Billy Bishop. And this Friday, it’ll be packed to the rafters.

The Billy (as we calls it) is a different kind of legion. It’s nice. For starters, blink and you’ll miss it. If it wasn’t for the sign outside you might pass it off as a just an old house stuck amongst the apartment buildings of Kits. Yeah, it’s got the usual function hall on the upper floor, but below lies the heart of the Billy­–the pub.

More than a pub, it’s a living museum. The walls are literally covered with history–hundreds of regimental plaques from all around the globe, historical photos, paintings and other military memorabilia. But it’s got an authentic English pub feel to it–fireplace, beamed ceiling, dart room, dark wood furniture, padded booths and tiny self-serve bar.

The misconception out there, as we hinted at, is that you have to be a veteran and/or a member to come in for a drink. You don’t, you just have to sign in as a guest. But this is a legion remember. So good behaviour and respect are the order of the day (and guys, take your ball cap off if you’re wearing one–this is some old-school respect we’re talking about here). It’s not the kind of place you come to for a balls-to-the-wall night out–obviously. You come here to chill out over some pints in one of the few places in town where you can actually hear yourself think. No TV’s, no shitty music blaring, and better yet–no douchebags! That’s not to say it’s inhabited by monks 24/7. Friday nights there’s a lively English pub-style sing-song ‘round the piano, there’s semi-regular music acts, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding dinner specials and there’s the prerequisite (and by that we mean “awesome”) Sunday afternoon meat draw. There’s even a small beer garden outside for the spring and summer months.

As far as booze goes, you don’t really come here for cocktails (although they’re happy to oblige if that’s your tipple), you come for beer. And they’ve got a modest but respectable selection on tap at probably the best prices in the ‘hood starting at around a fiver a pint:

  • Molson
  • Piper’s Pale Ale
  • Vancouver Island Lager
  • Hermann’s Dark
  • Smithwicks
  • Guinness

So take your hat off, sign in, and soak up some Vancouver history along with your brews. And if you get the chance, buy a vet a pint and say thanks. It’s the least we can do.

For info on Billy Bishop (the person) Click Here

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Vancouver Craft Brew Week - May 6th to 14th

That’s right! Vancouver Craft Brew Week is back and in full effect! Check out the sweet promo video (embedded above) and make sure you get in on the events. Find out all about VCBW at their website:

vancouvercraftbeerweek.com

55+ breweries, 70 venues and 9 days of beer! Sounds heavenly doesn’t it? Even Mayor Gregor Robertson or as we like to call him "GREGOR THE KEGGER" kicks things off by tapping the first cask and declaring May 6 – 14, 2011, Vancouver Craft Beer Week!

It’s a week of beer pub crawls, food and beer pairings, beer science, beer courses, beer and burlesque, beer and BBQ, beer seminars, beer casks, beer how-to’s, beer awards, beer cocktails, beer and women (not being sexist here), beer festivals and even a Mother’s Day beer brunch!

Don’t be missing out on this one fellow dipsomaniacs! Get your beer on!

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St. Augustine’s: hop-head Nirvana.

St. Augustine’s - 2360 Commercial Dr. - www.staugustinesvancouver.com

You know, we really weren’t sure if there was any point in reviewing St. Augustine’s. It’s not that it doesn’t deserve a write up—we’ve been big fans for a long while now—we just figured most people (especially beer lovers) knew about this place. Apparently not.

After canvassing friends, acquaintances and other assorted booze-hounds like us, we were actually a little horrified to find out St. Augustine’s wasn’t even on their radar (maybe it’s the stealth-like dark exterior decor?). Well, it’s high time we remedy that, oh ye of little adventure.

The beer selection here will blow your mind. But it’s not just the overwhelming choice that make this one of the best beer bars in the city. It’s that, to their well-deserved credit, the folks running the place have turned it into an Aladdin’s cave of craft and micro-brews—the majority all available on tap­. No big-brewery swill here, boyo.

There’s way too many to even begin to list here, but the 40 (count ‘em—four-zero!) beers on tap run the gamut from lagers and pilsners to ales, stouts and porters and just about everything in-between, and will run you from a modest $5.50 up to $7.50 a pint. Plus, a good few of these are seasonally rotated in order to confound your attempts at trying one of everything they offer (we kid—kinda).

Beers range from locally produced (think local, drink local) from the likes of Tree, Dead Frog, Central City, Storm and Driftwood breweries to imports from Washington, Oregon and California. St. Aug’s even serve certified organic brews, including the Crannóg Ales delicious stout, Back Hand of God, made right here in B.C.

Deciding what to start with can be a daunting task, so we suggest you dip your toes, figuratively speaking obviously, in the beery pool by ordering a sampler tray: four small glasses of any of draught beer for $8.50. It’s a pretty good deal to be honest. You’re probably getting just over a pint anyway for your eight and a half bones.

St. Augustine’s also features three of its own house brews, which we highly recommend: a pilsner, a lager and a stout. All muy tasty and cheap to boot.

As far as other kinds of drinks like cocktails or highballs, we haven’t even bothered to inquire. Why would we? This is like a candy store. A candy store that sells beer.

The pub itself is pretty big (100+ seats maybe?), but it’s often packed to the rafters. Especially if there’s a hockey game on. Which leads us to our one and only criticism: we’re cool with TVs, hockey, etc if they help you attract clientele. But honestly, there are so many screens in this place, it’s like walking into a Best Buy.

And if there isn’t a local game on, how ‘bout either turning them off, or at least showing something more cultured—like Bugs Bunny cartoons?

But for the kick-ass job the place has done at becoming a bastion of alterna-brews in our too-often mainstream supplied burg, TVs are a small price to pay.

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03/17/2011

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day/Irish things you probably didn’t know.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, piss-tanks. Before you go filling your guts with green beer, fill your head with knowledge!
More vomit is produced on St. Paddy’s Day than any other day of the year.
Boston hosts the largest, and therefore worst, St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the world.
St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland in a sweet 1972 Ford Econoline.
McD’s Shamrock Shakes don’t taste like mint. They taste like shit.
Leprechauns are so named ‘cause they have leprosy.
Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to endow the kisser with the gift of the gab. “The gab” is Irish slang for “cold sores”.
Corned beef and cabbage is a great pre-drinking meal. It will also  ensure that your St. Paddy’s day vomit is of a thick, creamy  consistency.
Jameson’s whiskey is great in cocktails and other breakfast foods.
The British government’s Weights and Measures Department has officially  classified (ex-Pogues front man) Shane MacGowan’s urine as “overproof”.
This plucky nation has endured many dark times in its history - two famines, “the troubles”, and Enya.

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day/Irish things you probably didn’t know.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, piss-tanks. Before you go filling your guts with green beer, fill your head with knowledge!

  1. More vomit is produced on St. Paddy’s Day than any other day of the year.
  2. Boston hosts the largest, and therefore worst, St. Paddy’s Day celebration in the world.
  3. St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland in a sweet 1972 Ford Econoline.
  4. McD’s Shamrock Shakes don’t taste like mint. They taste like shit.
  5. Leprechauns are so named ‘cause they have leprosy.
  6. Kissing the Blarney Stone is said to endow the kisser with the gift of the gab. “The gab” is Irish slang for “cold sores”.
  7. Corned beef and cabbage is a great pre-drinking meal. It will also ensure that your St. Paddy’s day vomit is of a thick, creamy consistency.
  8. Jameson’s whiskey is great in cocktails and other breakfast foods.
  9. The British government’s Weights and Measures Department has officially classified (ex-Pogues front man) Shane MacGowan’s urine as “overproof”.
  10. This plucky nation has endured many dark times in its history - two famines, “the troubles”, and Enya.

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