Leonardo da Vinci was a vintner until his wines were criticized for their overuse of charcoal and mysterious smiles. Discover a successful melding of art and libation with today's Groupon: for $30, you get to paint a small canvas before enjoying your choice of any wine flight from Raw Canvas (up to a $67 value).
Raw Canvas brings together creative thinkers and wine drinkers with its hybrid studio/wine bar/tapas lounge. Step into Raw Canvas, slip on a painting smock, and enter its painting pit for unreined painterly bronco-bucking atop a half-inch-thick small blank canvas ($45). Raw Canvas supplies the paints and brushes; customers need only buy the canvas and hatch the artistic platypus egg within. After painting mind-movies onto the canvas, order any of Raw Canvas's wine flights ($13–$22) to celebrate your public display of genius. The Local flight ($13) brings together three white wines from Blue Mountain and Lotusland, and the Raw, Red, Righteous flight ($22) culls four red wines from Lotusland, Domaine de Courbissac, and Torres. All featured wines are crafted through organic and sustainable agriculture practices.
Though your Groupon is only good for the wine flight and painting session, Raw Canvas also serves up small plates, using organic and biodynamic ingredients from local farmers and suppliers whenever possible. Wash down pigments and potables with fresh grub, or give your stomach the night off and just opt for painting and tasting at Raw Canvas.
Raw Canvas was featured in a Vancouver magazine listing of local cafés that merge an inspirational setting with free WiFi. The Digital Journal and SweetLife featured Raw Canvas in write-ups, and Yelpers give it 4.5 stars.
- Beautific yogis tap away on plush ottomans, fuelled by charged-up juices and well-made coffees. When the spreadsheet proves tiresome, head to the back for a quick inspiration session… – Michael Harris, Vancouver
- …fledgling artists get a decent size canvas and all-access to an army of acrylic paints -- your only job is just to sit down to brushstroke, blockwash, glaze and grain away any stress. – May Globus, SweetLife
- It's a nice place for everyone who can also come to meet other people, discuss many topics and get immersion in art as a performer or just an attender. Fresh and home-made organic food and served drinks can stop everyone at that place at least for a short moment. Then you fall in love with the place and its atmosphere - and come back again, for sure! – Joseph Boltrukiewicz, Digital Journal
The hospitable staff at Raw Canvas challenges the concept of the starving artist with a menu of tapas and desserts that recharge brainpower for creative endeavours. Like a bust of Andy Warhol carved out of butter, Raw Canvas merges the worlds of art and cuisine with a painting pit where colourful brushstrokes flow freely and a dining area for munching on fine sausages and alpine cheeses. The restaurant-studio prides itself on its eco-friendly approach to both visual expression and bodily nourishment, stocking up on paints made on Granville Island and culinary ingredients culled from local family farms. Guests sip craft beers and complex wines as they marvel at Raw Canvas's gallery of original paintings by local artists, or admire the patron-conceived masterpieces that adorn the walls of the painting pit.
1046 Hamilton Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2R9Get Directions