Touting accolades from Vancouver Magazine and the Vancouver Courier, Save On Meats sates appetites with a butcher shop and grocery, all-day diner, and traditional sandwich counter. A weathered fluorescent sign, painted blue and adorned with the shop's signature leaping pig, welcomes patrons as they step into an eatery infused with a retro '50s atmosphere but free from con artists claiming to be Lucille Ball’s dentist. Chefs pile plates with hearty diner fare ranging from all-day breakfast platters and simple sandwiches to ribs, meatloaf, and pot pies. Kitchen scholars helm cooking classes focused on grassroots food preparation and tactical food-fight strategies in butchering and canning. Colourful apparel and wares such as T-shirts and coffee mugs let visitors display their loyalty.
Chalkboard menus and sports memorabilia adorn the inside of The Sin Bin Sports Grill, where full lunch, dinner, and brunch menus keep bellies as full as the bar’s event calendar. Sports fans join their ilk beneath 106 inches of projected television screen, and comedy fans take in standup one to two times a week. During lunch and dinner, tapas, blue-cheese-decked strip steaks, and burgers accompany the entertainment; and come midday on weekends, brunchers can sink their teeth into a variety of benedicts: blackened chicken, smoked salmon, and portobello gouda are just a few of the options.
The barkeeps at Forum Public House provision guests with a tantalizing spread of upscale pub fare, frosty beers, and delicious cocktails. Mojitos and margaritas pair their salty spirits with shareable plates of spring rolls, poutine, and sliders, and satisfying draft or bottled brews add a refreshing counterpoint to juicy burgers’ brawn. Guests feast in a roomy brick-lined cavern equipped with 15 60-inch HD screens and four 120-inch projectors for watching hockey games and a wide-open dance floor for reenacting hockey games. Though Forum Public House serves succulent steaks, burgers, and breakfasts throughout the day, guests arriving after 10 p.m. must pay a $10 cover (not included in this Groupon) for the restaurant's moonlight transformation into an energetic nightclub.
Voted 2010 Vancouver Nightlife Nightclub of the Year, Barcelona hosts revellers Wednesdays through Saturdays in an intimate setting reminiscent of the boutique clubs of London, Miami, New York, and Las Vegas. Surprise a date, a pal, or a newly reunited twin with the VIP night for two, which finds a cozy twosome sailing through the cover charge and coat check, sipping three highball drinks apiece, and hanging nonchalantly in the VIP lounge. For an event that can hold five times more human feet, buyers can opt for the VIP birthday party for ten carefully selected jubilation maximizers. All ten receive entry to the club and complimentary coat check, after which they can settle in at a VIP lounge table equipped with a bottle of champagne to match the bubbliness of the birthday boy, girl, or extremely convincing humanoid. Ten shooters for the group keep spirits high and move-busting inhibitions low, as will Barcelona’s award-winning DJs. An acoustically enchanting new sound system sends partiers soaring on a rhythmic trampoline of house music, captured inside the club’s rocking confines by scientific soundproofing.
The staff at Lux Lounge has worked to create an atmosphere to live up to the restaurant's name. Guests sip on eight signature cocktails and local craft beers under the twinkling chandeliers lit by oversized skylights. The wait staff ferries about drinks and small plates by the fireplace inside, or the fountains on the covered patio outdoors. Inside the kitchen, cooks use their skills to jump from continent to continent, preparing perogy poppers filled with cheddar-jack cheese, thai-chili chicken bites, and Louisiana-style jambalaya. The dishes––which come on big and small plates––are followed by trios of cheesecake bites for a fitting finale.