What's shaking in the Vancouver cocktail scene right now

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Trixie Blumel (Barry Calhoun Photography/Courtesy Cafe Medina)

Vancouver has an exciting cocktail scene, and the city is full of great drinks, drink-makers, and places to drink. Here are a few things going on right now of note.

New Drinks at CinCin

Change is in the air at CinCin. The Robson Street Italian restaurant is almost ready to celebrate their impressive 25th anniversary this fall, but in the meantime they have brought on a new Bar Manager. Behind the stick is the internationally-acclaimed David Wolowidnyk and his cheers-worthy menu of classic and modern cocktails. Belly up to the bar here for a spot-on Negroni, a cool and sweet Sgroppino, and inventive drinks like the Five Spice Sour.

Sgroppino at CinCin (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Sgroppino at CinCin (Lindsay William-Ross/Vancity Buzz)

Address: 1154 Robson Street
Phone: 604-688-7338
Website: cincin.net

Bar None Re-Opens

It’s back! Yaletown’s Bar None has undergone some changes, and is ready to rev up the Vancouver nightlife scene with a hint of Los Angeles chic. Bar None’s had an interior makeover, and will now feature exciting cocktails by beverage director Trevor Kallies, as well as a Hapa Izakaya sushi and sake bar. Bar None’s Grand Opening event is happening Thursday, June 25.

Address: 1222 Hamilton Street
Phone: 604-689-7000
Website: donnellygroup.ca/bar-none

West’s Sabrine Dhaliwal’s Big Win

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Dhaliwal takes the win! (West Restaurant + Bar/Facebook)

CinCin’s win of Wolwidnyk left room at West’s bar for Sabrine Dhaliwal, who recently became its Bar Manager. Dhaliwal has just taken the win in Belvedere Vodka’s “The Challenge,” an international contest for Martini cocktails, held in London. The contest found Dhaliwal assembling a James Bond-themed drink using mystery ingredients, a second Bond-inspired drink, and a cocktail pairing for a dinner created by a celeb chef. This summer, Vancouverites can sip Dhaliwal’s winning libations at West.

Address: 2881 Granville Street
Phone: 604-738-8938
Website: www.westrestaurant.com

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New Bar Manager and Cocktails at Cafe Medina

There’s a new Bar Manager getting the summer shaking at Cafe Medina. Trixie Blümel has come up with a new bar sheet showcasing the restaurant’s Moroccan and Spanish influences. Using handmade syrups and infusions, distinctive garnishes and fresh-squeezed juices, the new cocktail menu boasts modern riffs on familiar classics. Hit up Cafe Medina from 2 to 3 p.m. for their Golden Hour Happy Hour, featuring specials on food and drink.

Address: 780 Richards Street
Phone: 604-879-3114
Website: www.medinacafe.com

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Lindsay William-Ross Lindsay is a Senior Editor at Vancity Buzz, and currently runs the site's Food section. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she spent the last two decades in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her MA, attended culinary school, and was an English professor (among other things). Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancitybuzz.com
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