In Vanilla Room's expansive loft space, night-owls groove to electronica, top-40, and hip-hop tunes and sip premium and top-shelf libations from a full bar. Staff members greet patrons at the main doors and cater to their needs as they meander among exposed slate walls, virtual living-art tables that reflect projected images, potted ferns, and life-sized statues of Jay-Z's pet giraffe. A bartender blends cocktails, highballs, and other drinks with Bacardi rum and Bombay Sapphire gin ($5–$6 each) as well as top-shelf pours of Grey Goose and Roberto Cavalli vodkas ($7-$8 each). Live hosts conduct revelry around nightly shows, which often feature international music artists and celebrities. Guests settle cable-bill disputes via dance fights across a hardwood dance floor, and the club's high-quality sound system emits optimal acoustics amid hanging coloured lights. Move to music, lean on velour-lined walls, and compare disco-ball tattoos on leather benches.
Some things about the Clova Cinema have changed over the years; as it passed from owner to owner, it has been a video-rental shop, a youth centre, and a stage for live performances. But despite its numerous incarnations, the rich red facades, the art-deco decorations, and the bright marquee have remained proudly in place. These features hearken all the way back to the theatre's 1947 opening, when Humphrey Bogart dominated the screen and popcorn was popped in gleaming machines instead of Buick-sized microwaves. Now, the cinema's single screen flickers to life with weekly evening and weekend matinee showings of current releases. The theatre is rife with family touches, from the real butter on the popcorn to Cupcake the dog, who is on hand at matinees to entertain guests before the show and sniff out unsilenced cell phones.
At turf club The Derby Bar and Grill, chefs prepare a menu of upscale eats as patrons follow live simulcast horse racing. Protein-packed comestibles—including barbecued Chilean pork back ribs ($19.95) and 8-ounce certified Angus beef burgers slathered in whiskey-mustard sauce ($13.95)—energize diners used to only eating apples and carrots from a trough. Fresh seafood dishes also undergo culinary transformations, such as fire-grilled Pacific salmon crowned in mango salsa ($18.95). Stomach growls struggling to sound out the winning thoroughbred's name quiet after bites of the Santa Anita pizza, a 12-inch dough disc adorned in tomatoes, peppers, artichokes, olives, and mushrooms ($13).
Named after an arm of the Pitt River, Fox’s Reach Pub & Grill nourishes a neighbourly atmosphere, serving a menu of gastropub fare and pouring 10 draft beers in entertainment-drenched confines. Mains include the al forno ribs, a half-rack of baby backs glazed in Rickard’s Red barbecue sauce served with cornbread that doubles as an edible napkin ($10.49). The WTF (which stands for "what the Fox!?") double cheeseburger stacks bacon, ham, onions, mushrooms, a fried egg, an onion ring, and house sauce into an edible Jenga tower ($13.99). For plant-based flavour titillation, the greek pizza piles mediterranean veggies, feta, and garlic olive oil atop a hand-tossed thin crust ($11.99). Beer-battered cod bites ($7.49) pair well with a draft pour from the seasonal drink menu, boasting recent cameos by Okanagan Spring pale ale, Sleeman honey brown, and Queen Elizabeth's hard iced tea.
Wigley's regales crowds with an eclectic mix of gourmet dishes and contemporary bar fare served alongside an extensive selection of wines and cold beers. Diners can summon edible comfort with the ribs and chicken platter ($18.99), a slow-roasted duet of charbroiled chicken breast and baby-back ribs glowing with the bloom of youth and a barbecue or honey-garlic glaze. Guests with piquant palates can dive into a bowl of spicy Cajun jambalaya abounding with chorizo sausage and succulent prawns ($13.99). Afterward, a frosty pint of beer ($3.99–$6.50) can nurse fiery taste buds and read them a bedtime story. While an army of televisions broadcasts sports games or a live band serenades conga lines, patrons can sidle up to Wigley's bar and fuel up with bar-menu offerings such as calamari ($8.99) and spicy, cheese-covered ranchero chips ($11.99).
Since filling their first glass with suds more than 30 years ago, the Sandpiper Pub’s affable staff continues to foster a casual atmosphere where White Rock citizens and surrounding communities can congregate for relaxed merrymaking. Out of view of the bustling dining room, Sandpiper’s chefs artfully plate classic British pub fare such as steak-and-kidney pie with homemade gravy and fish 'n' chips assembled in the shape of John Cleese. While the sun makes its daily retreat over the horizon, its brilliant blush spills through the bar’s windows and bathes all in attendance in its golden glow. Amid views of the bay afforded by its location off Marine Drive, a heated, covered patio facilitates scenic alfresco feeds and photo-ops of undercover snowmen masquerading as humans. A weekly calendar of televised sports games and live entertainment—including karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights and weekend DJ-fueled dances—brings customers back to the pub to share in its food and communal vibe.