Whether you're going on a first date or celebrating an anniversary, generally, the intent is for the night to end in carnal rapture.
This is a full day of eating and drinking not for the faint of heart. Take from it what you will or do the full meal deal.
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Start your date with a few glasses of wine at Provence Marinaside. Their wine list is vast, enabling you to try styles of all kinds that you've probably never tasted before, let alone heard of. My partner and I enjoy ordering wines blind for each other for some good nerdy fun.
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Head to China town and get a few orders of dumplings at stylish and contemporary Bao Bei. Known as a "Chinese Brasserie" - expect stiff cocktails and unique interpretations of classic dishes.
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Make your way to East Vancouver and dine in the adorable room that is Bistro Wagon Rouge, reminiscent of a 50's diner with a sexy natural wine list and cockle warming French style fare.
Late night cocktails
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Trans Am is the place to satiate your drunken palate with burgers, cocktails and vinyl.
Somewhere amidst this gluttonous adventure, you'll want to squeeze in a show or two.
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I was taken to a Space Melt show a few years ago, best described as an interdisciplinary performance series by Sam Davidson and friends. The particular instalment I had the privilege of witnessing was a wind ensemble, coupled with a live illustrator sketching portraits of the audience. I can only describe it as totally wild and obscure, a performance I'd love to have the opportunity to see again. You can out find more info on their Facebook page for future performances.
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Yet another amazing venue I've had the opportunity to visit while in Vancouver. The last performance I took in was a story narrated in a seamless trifecta of spoken word, music and sign language. Check out their list of upcoming shows here.