Best of Vancouver 2013 | Georgia Straight

BOV2013“Our readers have spoken and declared the best that Vancouver has to offer. Our 18th annual survey features over 260 categories and winners from all over the Lower Mainland.”

We are proud to announce that our 900 Seymour neighbours are some of the best of the best in Vancouver:
#3 Best Private Beer Store – Viti Wine and Lager Store
#1 Best Wine Bar – Uva Wine Bar
#1 Best Sports Bar – Red Card Sports Bar

Congratulations to all of the 2013 Best Of Vancouver winners!

What’s Happening…

At The Moda Hotel

 Here at the Moda we pride ourselves in going above and beyond to provide excellent experiences to all of our guests. Like anyone, we also love getting recognized for it! So we’re honored to have just received a 2012 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.

One thing that makes our job easy in providing great travel experiences at Moda Hotel is our central location in the heart of downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, and all the wonderful things you can enjoy close by.

Around Vancouver

When most people think of Vancouver, they think of 2 things..the Canucks and rain. What most visitors to our beautiful city don’t know is that we actually have AMAZING summers..when they eventually show up. Some years it takes a little longer than others. However when summer finally hits, there’s no better place to be soaking up the rays than in Vancouver, and enjoying everything this city has to offer. Here are some ways to spend your time in Vancouver (and hopefully with us) over the next few months:

1) Seawall

We Vancouverites love to stay active, and on hot summer day there’s no better place to do so than the Seawall going through English Bay and Stanley Park. Whether you’re running, walking, blading, or biking – the Seawall is the perfect place to get some exercise  and enjoy some incredible scenery- all while basking in the sun.

2) Kits Beach

Named the 3rd sexiest beach in North America, Kits is the place to go in Vancouver if you’re looking for some serious eye-candy. If you want to fit in with the locals, head down with a yoga mat, grab an Iced Venti Soy Sugar Free Vanilla Latte, and spend the day playing beach volleyball and lounging against the logs. If you’re all beached-out, there are tons of local boutiques, spas, bars and cafes to spend your time in the neighborhood.

3) Grouse Mountain

If you want to get away from the water and see Vancouver from above, head up to Grouse Mountain to experience BC’s wilderness at its finest. With the Wildlife refuge, Ziplines, Skyride, and more – you won’t be at a loss for ways to spend your day. If you’re feeling ambitious, try the Grouse Grind – the ultimate uphill climb that Vancouverites take on every year. For more information visit

4) Outdoor Movies

Over the recent years, more and more outdoor movies have been popping up all over the Lower Mainland in the summer. From classics (like Grease and Top Gun) to new releases, people love sitting in a park, enjoying a picnic, and watching their favorite films on the big screen. Here’s a list of all the outdoor movies in the lower mainland scheduled for 2012, from Vancouver blogger Vancity Buzz:

5) Granville Island

Always a top destination for tourists and locals alike, Granville Island is an ideal spot for eating, drinking, shopping, and checking out local art and theater. Whether you grab fresh cheese, fruit, seafood or baked goods from the market to have a picnic on the grass, spend your time wandering through local artisans goods, Granville Island is a place you could get happily lost in for days.




We could go on endlessly about things to do and see in Vancouver – like the remarkable variety of great places to eat and drink, or the amazing nightlife! But better yet, we encourage you to come visit us and find out firsthand!  We would love to hear about what you did and loved about our great city!  We hope to see you soon at Moda Hotel.

Light It Up This New Years Eve!

It’s that time of year when everyone looks for that special, just right, something to do on New Year’s Eve. Well, have we got some ideas for you! Light it up this New Years with ideas for all budgets and party goers: from the gala girl on the Harbour Cruise, to the festive family venturing up to Whistler for a special night! We’ve got something here for everyone, so from us to you – have a fabulous New Year’s enjoying one of our ‘just right’ ideas.




Harbour Cruise– December 31st, 2011

“Ring in 2012 in grand style aboard the Pride of Vancouver with luxurious modern facilities, first class food, wait-staff bar service and quality wine list. Your cruise includes our gourmet buffet, entertainment and dancing all in the true cruise ship tradition. From the romance of the sea, Vancouver’s spectacular skyline, the lights at night and a midnight fireworks show, it’s the only way to celebrate New Year’s!”  —

Boarding at 8pm, returning at 1am
Tickets: $150 + tax at club zone tickets



First Night, Whistler– December 31, 2011

“Whistler’s First Night is a family-friendly, no alcohol New Year’s Eve celebration that takes over Whistler’s pedestrian only Village Stroll and the TELUS Conference Center. Say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new at this evening of family entertainment and celebration. Enjoy local arts, entertainment, and family-friendly activities at indoor and outdoor venues throughout Whistler Village from 7 PM to 11 PM. Between 11 PM and midnight, ring in the New Year with free outdoor entertainment in the Village Square and a fireworks display. Tickets are required for special indoor events and skating at Whistler Olympic Plaza.” —

Tickets will be available at the Whistler Visitor Centre.


The Rockin’ Block At 900 Seymour!

For the Canucks fan looking to catch the game and get the best for their buck, or the wine connoisseur who wants to taste their way through the night, sparing no expense – the rockin’ block at 900 Seymour Street has two New Years Eve bashes planned that you just won’t want to miss! 



You CAN – Red Card New Year’s Party 2012
A party in support of the Canucks Autism Network –

Red Card Sports Bar + Eatery features over 40 beers from around the globe, including Asian bottled brands, American microbreweries and traditional sports-related favourites, so you’re sure never to go thirsty. Accompanied by an eclectic cocktail menu and hand-picked wine list with by the glass and celebratory selections, Red Card has revolutionized the Vancouver bar industry with its unique concept and immaculate execution.

Now Red Card is set to revolutionize your New Years! This year they are bringing you a New Year’s Eve Celebration in support of CAN – the Canucks Autism Network. It will combine your love of hockey with a rocking great time. Start your evening off by watching your Vancouver Canucks versus the Los Angeles Kings and move into the New Year dancing to the awesome DJ’s of Sundae Sounds. 

Evening Includes:
• Vancouver vs. Los Angeles @ 7PM
• Two DJ’s, Dance Floor & Entertainment
• Midnight Pizza Buffet*
• Glass of Bubbly at Midnight
• Party Favours & Midnight Countdown

There will also be:
• A Raffle and 50/50 Draw
Signed Vancouver Hockey Merchandise
• A Team Signed Jersey
• A Grand Prize – Two Hockey Tickets, a Night at Moda Hotel & a $50 Red Card gift card*
• Guest Host Courtney Vye of Hockey Talk with Courtney –

Tickets available at Red Card or online at
$30 General Admission $500 VIP Booth
*Kitchen open until midnight with special New Year’s features and regular menu.



Celebrate 2012 with Cibo

Executive Chef Neil Taylor and General Manager David Fert of Cibo Trattoria want to send you into 2012 with a memorable New Year’s menu and experience you won’t soon forget. An early and late seating are available and include: complimentary bubbles upon arrival, party favours, and of course the midnight countdown.

Deluxe – $115/person
Includes New Year’s Menu, 1 glass of Grave di Stecca 2008 Nino Franco Prosecco and a ½ bottle of Cuvee 900 Seymour wine.
Premium – $195/person
Includes New Year’s Menu, 1 glass of Dom Perignon and a ½ bottle of Angelo Gaja Brunello 2006 wine.

Menu available on Facebook or at
Tickets available at Cibo Trattoria – 604-602-9570,

Events in Vancouver and Around Town

Although the weather lately would beg to differ, SUMMER IS NOT OVER! We’ve created a list below of great events in vancouver and attractions around town to attend. Enjoy!

April 30 – September 25 – Playland at the PNE

Playland offers rides to excite every fairgoer from the most timid children to the most extreme thrillseeker. The midway games offer a different kind of fun and so do the amazing variety of food venues! For those who do like a wild ride, check out this year’s new ride, ATMOSFEAR!

May 20 – September 11 – Chinatown Night Market

No need to travel to Richmond, the street market in one of North America’s largest Chinatowns awaits you with booths of different merchandises on sale including artistic crafts, creative gifts & decors, modern electronics, fashionable clothes, popular music CD’s, VCD’s, DVD’s, delicious snacks & ethnic food. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from 6:30pm to 11:00pm @ Keefer Street/Main Street.

June 1 – October 5 – Main Street Station Farmers’ Market

Located at the bustling commuter intersection at Main and Terminal, this market is exceptional at this central location, offering a great selection of everything from produce, to meat and cheese, baked goods, flowers, ready-to-eat delights, chef demonstrations and more! Find the market vendors lined up along the sidewalk on Station Street. Every Wednesday from 3pm – 7pm.

June 2 – September 24 – Bard On The Beach 2011 – 21st Anniversary Season

Bard on the Beach professional Shakespeare Festival brings to life the magic of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy AS YOU LIKE IT, the classic drama THE MERCANG OF VENICE, the triligoy of Henry VI blended into a single play, HENRY VI: THE WARS OF THE ROSES, and RICAHRD III. The Festival site is located on the waterfront in Vancouver’s Vanier Park, adjacent to the downtown core. Staged in two open-air performance tents, the productions are set against a spectacular natural backdrop of mountains, sea and city skyline.

For schedule and ticket information visit

June 4 – October 22 – West End Farmers’ Market

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s busy West End on the 1100 Block of Comox Street between Bute and Thurlow, the West End Farmers Market looks onto beautiful newly renovated Nelson Park and community gardens. Weekly, West Enders can enjoy the best in local produce, prepared foods and crafts. Hot food and coffee on-site as well. Every Saturday from 9am – 2pm.

June 4 – September 18 – Robson Square Artisan Market

Visit the Robson Square Artisan Market for Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Gifts and more. FREE LIVE MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT every weekend – see the schedule on their website of amazing performances & come enjoy a show in the sun with a latte & healthy snack from the concession! Saturdays & Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

July 4 – August 26 – CBC Musical Nooners: 40 Free Outdoor Concerts in 40 Days

CBC Vancouver’s Musical Nooners offer an amazing FREE concert on their outdoor stage from noon to 1 pm everyday! Listen to some of the West Coast’s favourite local and even international artists. From blues legends Jim Byrnes & Colin Linden to Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Greg Sczebel to the New Pornographers’ Kathyrn Calder. Just grab your lunch and head down to the outdoor stage at 700 Hamilton Street.


Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) presents its 65th season with two award-winning family musicals under the stars at Malkin Bowl in beautiful Stanley Park! This season, watch Bye Bye Birdie, a hilarious musical about an Elvis-like rock star named Conrad Birdie set in the 1960’s. Also showing is Anything Goes, a romantic comedy about an unusual group of passengers sailing from New York to England on the S.S. American.

To see the schedule and reserve your seat, visit

July 10 – August 28 – Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square

Sunday Afternoon Salsa at Robson Square is a series of FREE, outdoor salsa dances held at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The dances are open to everyone and you are welcome even if you’ve never danced a day in your life. Try the free lessons at 3pm, watch the performances at 5pm, or just check out the social dancing throughout the afternoon and see how much fun it is! Event is every Sunday afternoon in July and August!

July 10 – August 28 – All Over the Map

All Over the Map brings you the best in free, outdoor cultural events in Vancouver. Experience exhilarating local dance and music with roots from all around the globe. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes – these lively, all-ages performances have been known to get the crowd moving! Sundays, 2pm performances, Ron Basford Park, Granville Island (Excluding July 31).

July 23 – July 24 – Caribbean Days

The Caribbean Days Festival is a family event full of exuberant fun-lovers parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine in North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park at Lonsdale Quay. Enjoy a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival & culture as only the Caribbean can offer.

July 30 – August 6 – Celebration of Light

Vancouver’s summer signature event – the city’s annual free musical fireworks festival is a competition held over four evenings at English Bay. The 2011 event is scheduled for July 30, August 3, and August 6 with Performances by China, Spain, and Canada respectively.

Aug 5 – August 14 – MusicFest Vancouver

Concert venues throughout Vancouver play host to unforgettable musical experiences that bring enthusiastic and adventurous music lovers together with some of the most talented artists in the world playing classical, jazz and world music. Ten days, over 40 concerts and events, and diverse musical repertoire that spans both the centuries and the planet: MusicFest Vancouver offers you a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the broadest range of live music performed with passion, skill and creativity.

Details at Tickets at Ticketmaster.

Hope you enjoy these Events in Vancouver! If you are planning on staying in the city, be sure to check out our great specials at . Summer only comes once a year so don’t miss out!