Where to celebrate Negroni Week in Vancouver, June 1 to 7

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From June 1 to 7 this year, restaurants and bars across the globe will participate in Negroni Week, an international campaign that celebrates one of the world’s great cocktails in an effort to raise money for local charities.

Created in 2013 by Imbibe magazine and Campari, the concept is simple: restaurants and bars around the world create a variation on the classic Negroni, and donate a portion of the proceeds from each one sold to a charity of their choice. For patrons, it’s truly a win-win: they get to enjoy delicious limited time-only-concoctions and give back to a number of great causes. Last year, over 1,200 establishments participated worldwide raising over $120,000 for local charities, and that number is expected to be shattered this year.

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So what is a Negroni, you ask? Developed some time around 1919 in Florence, Italy, this simple yet distinctively complex cocktail is comprised of just three ingredients: gin, sweet vermouth and Campari.

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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will be celebrating Negroni Week beginning June 1, with carnival-inspired food and drink offerings that are sure to transport you back to the sun-drenched, care-free days of your childhood. Indeed, Negroni Week at Boulevard will truly be all about the kids, as partial proceeds from each item will be donated to Fawkes Academy, a grassroots organization that provides specialized education for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities in B.C.

Throughout the week, I’ll be offering my special “Negroni Spectrum” which features a trio of colourful Negroni ‘snow cones’ — a staple at any carnival, but with a playful twist. The kitchen team will also be getting in on the fun by serving up several whimsical, festival-inspired items from June 1-7.

So why not give back to the community and gather some friends for a Negroni Week bar crawl? Below is a full list of Vancouver establishments participating this year (check here for the most up-to-date list). Don’t forget to share your experience on social media using the hashtag #NegroniWeek. Happy imbibing!

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Arriva Ristorante

1537 Commercial Dr.
Charity: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar

845 Burrard St. 
Charity: Group ABA Children’s Society Fawkes Academy

Clough Club

212 Abbott St. 
Charity: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

Cuchillo

261 Powell St. 
Charity: The Dugout

Distillery Bar + Kitchen

1131 Mainland St.
Charity: BC Hospitality Foundation

Federico’s Supper Club

1728 Commercial Dr.
Charity: Reign Foundation

Grain Tasting Bar

655 Burrard St.
Charity: Special Olympics British Columbia Society

Granville Room

957 Granville St.
Charity: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

La Pentola

350 Davie St. 
Charity: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Nicli Antica Pizzeria

62 E. Cordova St.
Charity: St. James Music Academy

The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar

905 Dunsmuir St.
Charity: Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House

The Diamond

6 Powell St.
Charity: A Better Life Foundation

The Keefer Bar

135 Keefer St.
Charity: Downtown Eastside Women’s Center

The Lobby Lounge at Fairmont Pacific Rim

1038 Canada Pl.
Charity: Make A Wish Foundation

The Oakwood Bistro

2741 West 4th Ave. 
Charity: BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Union Restaurant

219 Union St.
Charity: Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre

Tuc Craft Kitchen

60 West Cordova St.
Charity: MealShare

UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar

900 Seymour St.
Charity: Partners for Mental Health

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Justin Taylor A renowned bartender and cocktail creator, Justin Taylor has been a fixture in the industry in both Toronto and Vancouver for the better part of two decades. As Bar Manager at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, located at the iconic Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver, Justin continues to stir up the Vancouver bartending scene with a heady mix of knowledge, panache, wit and hospitality.
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