At Turtle Bay Pub, scenic views of Wood Lake enhance the experience of sipping cold brews and indulging in a diverse selection of pub fare. That cuisine ranges from hearty classics, such as racks of ribs or steak & Guinness pies, to lighter dishes, such as flatbreads topped with prosciutto, pear, and goat cheese. Live music sets the mood on Friday nights, and on others, it's set by the cheers and groans of patrons as they watch sports games. Sunday brunch, replete with omelettes and buttermilk pancakes, is also available.
The crown jewel of Hopscotch Festival Kelowna is the tasting hall, where guests assemble to sip, sample, and learn about a massive variety of premium beverages. In its fifth year in Kelowna, the festival will showcase an expanding list of more than 200 libations, which patrons can convert from a jingling fanny pack full of tasting tokens to sips poured into their souvenir tasting glasses. Domestic and international beers can quench thirsts in styles such as Val Dieu Tripel, Deep Cove Loud Mouth Pale Ale, and Howe Sound HopRaiser West Coast IPA. Tongues can taste the single-malt Scottish fruits of the Bruichladdich and the Macallan 1824 series, hailing from the Firth of Cromarty.
The array of draft beer and chilled wines at Woody's washes down a menu of classic pub offerings. While relaxing in the eatery's casual dining room, diners disassemble racks of ribs ($15) and cast anchors into plates of fish 'n' chips ($11). Idle molars can exercise around a sweet-chili chicken wrap ($11), prawns thoughtfully blanket a steak ($16), and bacon, mushroom, and cheddar toppings test the foundation of a burger ($12). Between bites, patrons sip ice-cold beer while shooting pool, watching sports on TV, or playing their kazoos along with the pub's occasional karaoke and live music performances. Though not included with today's Groupon, customers can also purchase their favourite wines and bubbly brews at the pub's on-site liquor store.
As members of the RJS Craft Winemaking Academy, Bayleys BrewHaHa's four stores supply all the ingredients and equipment necessary for burgeoning brew masters to craft their own wine, beer, and cider. Today's Groupon crafts 48 bottles of cider or coolers under the tutelage of Bayleys' familial crew, who assign each student a spirit animal to guide them through the process from start to finish. On-site facilities use 100% reverse osmosis filtered water as the base for flavours like apple, pomegranate, and hard cranberry lemonade. After adding and mixing all the appropriate ingredients, the base is bottled, stored, and mellowed with select classics of reggae. When fermentation completes about four weeks later, the ciders and coolers are ready to bottle and are 100% guaranteed.
Even from the outside, Cabana Bar and Grille looks stunning—a towering lakeside edifice crowned with handsome wood-beam awnings, surrounded by potted palms, and illuminated by the flames of outdoor fire pits. Past the gurgling fountain and cushioned furniture of the patio, hanging globes tie the indoor decor to the outdoor, spotlighting spacious leather booths and abstract artwork on the walls. In a lounge area, flat-screen TVs complement curtained walls between windows that, like giants peeking in from outside, yawn from floor to ceiling.
This vibrant and sophisticated setting creates a fitting backdrop for chef Diana Johnston equally complex and upscale menu of internationally inspired dishes. Johnston—a veteran of Top Chef Canada and Food Network's Chopped Canada —folds Okanagan seasonal ingredients into artisanal pizzas, pastas, and specialties. To complement the flavours of Alberta certified Angus beef, B.C. salmon, and local produce, the restaurant offers Okanagan wines and a colourful array of posh cocktails, including cosmopolitans with top-shelf vodka and mangojitos with fresh mint.
Every night at Lake City Bowl, balls pirouette down the lanes until 1 a.m., dancing to the centre's state-of-the-art sound system and cosmic lights starting at 7 p.m. daily. During the daylight hours, bumpers let pint-sized bowlers bombard the pins with accuracy, exacting revenge as if they were a schoolyard bully or a trash-talking civics teacher. Between frames, four regulation-size pool tables transpose spherical competition to the felt, and an arcade puts gamers behind the wheels and paddles of driving simulators and air-hockey tables. Chefs dish out a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and appetizers at the snack stand, and live bands every Thursday night—and live DJs every weekend—crank out fresh tunes to overshadow the mechanics' drum solos from behind the pinsetters.