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 $28, you get to paint a small canvas before enjoying your choice of any 5-ounce glass of wine at Raw Canvas (up to a $57 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 one of three half-inch-thick small blank canvas sizes ($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 a flavour-trapping chalice restraining 5 ounces of any of Raw Canvas's wines. The licorice and rosemary of Blue Mountain's 2009 gamay noir tickle palates, and the cherry-clove notes from a 2004 merlot by Lotusland share the anecdotes of the forest nymphs. Guests may also sample the fruits and travel-photo albums of international wines such as a 2007 chardonnay from Kangarilla Road. Most featured wines are crafted through organic and sustainable agriculture practices.
Though this Groupon is only good for a glass of wine and a painting session, Raw Canvas also serves up small plates, using organic and biodynamic ingredients from local farmers and suppliers whenever possible.
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 St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2R9