The Social Concierge, Vancouver’s premier event agency, has done it again but for the last time. It was a memorable closing ride of their legendary Sidecar Trolley Tour. Each destination was a hotel cocktail bar inclusive of Vancouver’s most innovative mixologists.
The Grande Finale Tour started with a flourish at the Rosewood Hotel’s chic cocktail bar Prohibition which was a step back in time. The highlight cocktail for this stop was the Scotch Clutch, an interesting array of flavours with Ardbeg and Glenmorangie scotch combining lemon juice, egg white, gomme and a dash of bitters. The jazz band at Prohibition warmed up the crowd as they prepared to hop onto the trolleys to take them to the next destination.
Tyson Villeneuve, a partner in The Social Concierge, explained that the objective of the Trolley Tour was to introduce guests to several contrasting locations around the city as well as provide a distinctive cocktail/party adventure.
The Cobalt, situated in the heart of one of our cities trendiest areas, was the next stop. Interesting to note that this hotel was established somewhere around 1905 and patrons did originally take a trolley car to and from this site. With many great restaurants popping up along this Main Street corridor it truly is a neighborhood in transformation. From the outside this old building still doesn’t look like much but the inside is certainly a surprise.
Patryk Drozd, owner of The Cobalt for the past 6 years and The Boxcar (5 months new), manages the two side by side venues. The Boxcar is certainly a unique venue Patryk explains “We reclaimed an old horse and carriage way that used to be in the lovely Cobalt establishment and it was used to go to the stables at the back of the building.” Over the past 6 years Patryk has seen some significant changes. “Definitely the crowd has changed, obviously gentrification is a hot topic for people whether or not they think it is good or bad. With the Cobalt and more restaurants and China Town stepping up in the classy upper fine-dining department, we notice a different clientele coming in and that is where the Boxcar fits in with the classic cocktails and a 24 craft beer program.” The feature here was a Bobby Burns Cocktail which merged a potent mix of Glenmorangie, sweet vermouth and Benedictine. Patryk shared his big plans for 2016, “We’re hoping to take over East Van”, he said with a laugh.
Continuing on the tour, the three vintage trolleys dropped the revelers off at Pierre’s Champagne Lounge in Yaletown. The tour’s signature cocktail at Pierre’s was The Scholar, a creative blend of Hennessy VS with sweet vermouth and bitters stirred over ice.
The group then ventured to The Belmont to taste the Slyvan Quarter, a delightful fusion of Belvedere vodka, lemon juice, lavender vanilla syrup shaken and double strained into a coupe glass, the perfect container for this cocktail.
Tyson Villeneuve and Jordan Kallman should be proud of the success that The Social Concierge has had with twelve consecutive sold-out trolley tours having visited 48 cocktail bars within the four years of hosting the Sidecar Trolley tour. That is a lot of merrymaking for Funcouver. The city is certainly looking forward to what’s next on the TSC schedule and it is undoubtedly sure to be memorable.
This article for BLUSHVancouver contributed by Leeta Liepins. Follow Leeta on her website!