Phillip Smith

Vancouver, Vancouver, Vancouver: food, politics, and geek-friendly events in October


I woke up in Vancouver yesterday and sent out a note on Facebook asking friends for recommendations on food, politics, and nerdy fun. My friend Chris Blattman would call this a “Bleg.”

I did something similar for my visit to Montreal this summer, but I wrote that after the fact. This time, I thought I’d try posting it before I actually do much and see what else people add to the list. I’ll keep updating this post as recommendations come in.

So far the categories are: beer, coffee, food, and events. (Lots of links are currently missing, but they will be there soon!)


  • Number one recommendation with a bullet is the Alibi Room. Recommended by Kate Koliha, Phillip Djwa, and Boris Mann.
  • Kat suggests “go to Bitter and have my favourite beer, Crannog’s Back Hand of God.” (And get a doughnut or three from Lucky’s)
  • Kate adds Irish Heather and the The Whip.


  • Gene is where I started my espresso route this trip. Thanks to Kim Elliot for the introduction.
  • Today I checked out Kafka on the recommendation of Julie Jenkins and I was not let down. Great spot.
  • Boris says “Make sure to also stop in at Revolver Coffee - best coffee north of San Fran.” Serious endorsement.
  • Trevor of Clevers Media suggests a trip to 49th Parallel, which is next on my list.


My own list starts out with the Irish Heather for their “Long Table Series” or their “Pit for your supper” night.

Places & events

First, a few events this week:

For later in the month:

Have recommendations to add to the list? Find me on Facebook, leave a quick comment, or shoot me a note on Twitter or good ol’ e-mail.


Hi, I'm Phillip Smith, a veteran digital publishing consultant, online advocacy specialist, and strategic convener. If you enjoyed reading this, find me on Twitter and I'll keep you updated.


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