I know Christmas is just a few short days away, but if you wanted to get me something (you probably do) and haven’t yet, then I’d be all over this new book called Drinking Vancouver: 100+ Great Bars in the City and Beyond. It is a book about drinking in Vancouver! Not that I really need it, but I’m sure I could find a few spots in the book that I haven’t heard or thought of yet.
The book is written by John Lee, author of the Lonely Planet city guides for Vancouver, which means he knows these parts and is a good writer (even better than us). I’ve heard that John pays special attention to beer and many of our illustrious brewers, which can only be a good thing for our local beer scene. If you’ve been wanting to learn more about beer in Vancouver and wanted a guide, then buy this book and get drinking. I do believe the book comes out in January, but it is already available online from Chapters. I am definitely going to check this book out, even if nobody gets it for me for Christmas.
Alibi Room owner Nigel Springthorpe
I enjoy traveling and am obsessed with the Lonely Planet series of guide books. If you’ve never traveled with one or you have used lesser guide books, then you likely missed out on a few hidden gems. I am particularly fond of the Lonely Planet Encounter series, which each profile a city sectioned into neighborhoods for easy reading. I was at Chapters today and noticed that Lonely Planet very recently published a Vancouver Encounter, likely to cater to Olympic Visitors. I was, of course, curious and flipped through it to see what travel experts recommend to see, eat, and do in Vancouver. I wasn’t surprised at all to find the Alibi Room recommended, but I was surprised to see how much attention they paid to it. Usually restaurants and bars get a two sentence blurb, but the Alibi Room garnered two pictures and an interview with owner Nigel Springthorpe! This attention is warranted in my mind and is a testament to the hard work Nigel has done in building Vancouver’s best beer bar. It pleases me that visitors to Vancouver, if they take the Lonely Planet’s excellent advice, will get to enjoy an establishment of such fine quality, likely giving them a positive impression of our fine city. Although there is one negative, I imagine a seat at the Alibi Room will be an impossible commodity to come by during the Olympics.
The Alibi Room wasn’t the only beer destination recommended in the Vancouver Encounter. Six Acres, The Irish Heather, Dix Brewery, Yaletown Brewing, and Steamworks were also listed.