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The Sant’Angelo at OPUS Bar

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It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean chilled treats should be ignored. Inspired by a Roman sweet sold by street vendors, OPUS Bar’s Sant’Angelo is bartender Martin Corriveau’s newest cocktail on the December menu.

A fragrant balance of Amaro Averna, Marsala, Tamarind Syrup, and Grappa trickle through hand-crushed ice to produce a festive and richly coloured beverage. The flavourful drink writes love notes of orange, rose, chocolate, and raisin on the palette as it journeys through the mouth.

That night, I dreamed of the cobbled streets of Rome.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Winter cocktail at OPUS Bar

There is temptation in the crisp air this time of year – the anticipation of holiday parties and soirees bubbles slowly to the surface. It’s a period of time when we succumb to luxurious consumption. We welcome hot chocolate, hearty soup, rich fondue, and bold Barolo to warm the coldest corners of our bodies.

Bartender Martin Corriveau has concocted another indulgence to appeal to decadent tastes and desires. The Hot Butter Rum has been molded and manipulated from a traditional cocktail into one with a rich twist unique to OPUS Bar.

The drink is a mixture of Oakheart Bacardi, Goslings Black Seal Rum, a splash of lemon, and a velvety syrup of butter and Tonka Bean ice cream devised by Pastry Chef Matt Wilson. The glass is topped with fresh cream that delightfully threatens to linger on noses, asking to be licked off by your neighbour.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

And the beat goes on

The Beat Generation began in the late 1940s as a group of friends who refused to conform. They were a table of writers - Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Neal Cassady and William S. Burroughs - who had grand ideas about sexuality, drugs, materialism, individualism, and life in general.

It was about being a free spirit, living a life rich with experience, seeking adventure, and embracing the different. And they wrote as though their words sang jazz.

Try some beat slang in OPUS Bar this month:

Dixie fried = drunk

Claws sharp = all knowing about everything

Quail hunting = picking up ladies

Jungled up = your living arrangements

A shape in a drape = a well-dressed person

Making the scene = in the right place at the right time

Back seat bingo = car makeouts

Last week, Kill Your Darlings, a film about Allen Ginsberg’s role in the generation as a beat poet, was released into theatres. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Lucien Carr, Jack Huston as Jack Kerouac, and Ben Foster as William Burroughs, the film articulates how a young man turns into a literary figure.

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” ~ Allen Ginsberg

WATCH THE TRAILER

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

OPUS Bar’s Fall Cocktails

I can already see my breath. Summer has officially departed. And the crispness that has arrived can only be combated with something that warms you from the inside.

OPUS Bar has revealed its fall offerings. A list of fluids that act as a furnace when consumed.

On one of these early autumn evenings, I was treated to a taste from bartender Martin Corriveau, who shook and stirred a Val Venosta and Castelletto for me.

With one sip of the green Val Venosta I found myself in an orchard of apples. The martini (42 Below Vodka, Apple Brandy, Lime Juice, Basil, Apple Juice) is equally balanced with flavours – the basil and apple complement and caress each other like lovers spooning. I wanted to savour each sip. Tasting the elements individually.

Once this mixture had disappeared, I moved on to the Castelletto, named after the red light district in Venice in the 14th century. The crimson potion (Martini Rosso, Grappa, Smoked Plum Syrup, Acid Phosphate, Absinthe) bites like the inhabitants of its namesake – sweetly, with affection and arousal. I wanted more.

Come into OPUS Bar for one of these new concoctions. Visit on one of the following dates to accompany your cocktail with music.

Friday, October 11, 7 – 10pm – Colin Bullock
Saturday, October 12, 7 – 10pm – Luca Fogale
Friday, October 18, 7 – 10pm – Martin Acosta
Friday, October 25, 7 – 10pm – Greg Neufeld
Saturday, October 2, 7 – 10pm – Ali Milner

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Creative Wine Bottles

With so many wines lining cellars, shelves, and coolers, our eyes are drawn to those labels that capture attention and cause us to pause in our perusing. Wineries are becoming quite cunningly artistic when it comes to marketing their reds, whites, rosés, and bubbles.

Which are your favourite wine labels?

From left to right, top to bottom:

Lascala (via Lovely Package), Botanica (via Simon Frouws), Matsu (via Lost at E Minor), Elk and Wolf Chardonnay (via Coolist), Jolie-Laide (via Dr Vino), Killibinbin (via Under Consideration), Skulls (via Eat Magazine), Return of the Living Red (via Coolist), Vitis Vinifera (via Trend Hunter

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Live Music Series at OPUS Bar

Over the next few weeks you may hear melodic tunes escaping from the windows and doors of OPUS Bar. We’re excited to announce a new live music series that will be taking over our space on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

Bring your friends and socialize to the beat of these talented musicians.

Our schedule includes…

Thursday, August 8, 7pm – 10pm: TÉA
Friday, August 9: Private event.
Saturday, August 10, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Andrew Mockler
Thursday, August 15, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta Duo
Friday, August 16, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Mark Fossen
Saturday, August 17, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Greg Neufeld
Thursday, August 22, 7pm – 10pm: Ali Milner
Friday, August 23, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Tonye Aganaba
Saturday, August 24: No music tonight.
Thursday, August 29, 7pm – 10pm: Martin Acosta
Friday, August 30, 8:30pm – 11:30pm: Kristopher James
Saturday, August 31, 8:30pm – 10:30pm: Neal Ryan

All musicians presented by Musos Entertainment

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Images from left to right, top to bottom: Téa, Andrew Mockler, Colin Bullock, Ali Milner, Martin Acosta, Jon Shrier.

Vancouver Pride Weekend!

As a devoted supporter of the LGBTQ community, OPUS Hotel couldn’t be more excited about the upcoming Pride festivities in Vancouver. For one weekend each year, people from around the world come to our city to celebrate at a variety of colourful parties that culminate in one of the largest parades in the world.

Here are a few events to catch over this long weekend that marks the 35th anniversary of the Vancouver Pride Parade…

Friday, August 2nd

Davie Street Party: From Broughton to Burrard Streets, cars are barricaded and pedestrians are given free rein to dance, cavort, and revel in their uniqueness.

Saturday, August 3rd

Vancouver Dyke March & Festival: The 10 year anniversary begins at noon at McSpadden Park, followed by the festival at Grandview Park at 1pm.

Sunday, August 4th

The Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival kicks off at noon. Follow the winding parade as it marches from Robson to Denman to Pacific.

OPUS Bar will be hosting a live music night with Ali Milner and DJ George V from 7:30pm to 10:30pm.

Wrap yourself in colour, douse your body in glitter, and dance away the weekend celebrating diversity.

Find more events at www.vancouverpride.ca and www.mydavievillage.com.

Images via The Vancouver Sun.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The French (Canadian) 75 at OPUS Bar

On a sweltering summer day, our heated bodies need to be cooled down. Popsicles, icicles, fans, anything with some modicum of “chill” to turn down the furnace under our skin.

OPUS Bar has an item to add to your list of summer coolants… The French (Canadian) 75.

Presented in its own petit bottle, the almost traditional cocktail contains Blanche de Chambly, a Quebec white ale, instead of champagne. Barman Martin combines Plymouth Gin, Orange Bitters, and Lemon Simple Syrup within the bubbles of the wheat coloured beverage.

Expect your tongue to fizzle with vibrant and sweet citrus flavours as your body reaches a more desirable temperature. You may even swear you’re in the middle of an orange grove if you close your eyes tightly.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

The Cohiba Old Fashioned at OPUS Bar

This month of May, the cocktail brains and taste buds of OPUS Bar have created a drink that traps Mad Men’s Don Draper and Roger Sterling into a tumbler. The suited men swim around a colossal cube of ice, soaked with the hard bite of rye, perfumed with the smoky musk of cigars, and sticky with the zest of an orange.

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The Cohiba Old Fashioned, made with Calvados infused with Cohiba cigars, is a refreshing splash of amber which will warm your body as the cool spring air descends on bare skin.

Hold it in your mouth to savour the rich flavours before swallowing. The aftertaste will keep flirting with the back of your throat until it compels you to take another sip.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider