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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

OPUS Profile: Nathan Penner

Acting as Bell Service Agent, Nathan Penner may be the first face you see when arriving at OPUS Hotel. He adds to a guest’s OPUS experience by taking care of bags and vehicles, making reservations, and driving the hotel car to downtown destinations. Originally from Prince George, Nathan began his hotel life at the Four Seasons Hotel Whistler after working as a lift operator. Meet Nathan… 

Ask him about…

Film production and SPFX. He went to school for it. 

Favourite OPUS Lifestyle Concierge?
 
Mike because I like the red rooms the most! 
 
Who would you like to see stay at OPUS?
 
Kate Upton.
 
Best experience you’ve had with a guest?
 
Helping this one group of ladies for a bachelorette party. It was nothing but laughs from the beginning to the end of their trip. Nothing is better than helping people and seeing them enjoy themselves.
 
What cocktail are you usually drinking?
 
A Caesar.
 
Best kept secret of Vancouver?
 

Shebeen Whisk(e)y House. (Shhh… Don’t tell anybody!)
  
What will get you dancing?
 
A pretty girl. A good tune. Five beers.
 
Money’s no object… where are you traveling to next?
 
Barbados.
 
Favourite Canadian personality?
 
Bob and Doug Mackenzie.
 
Something people may not know about you?
 
I love frisbee golf and will probably drag you to the course to show you how fun it is.

 ~ 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

OPUS Profile : John deC. Evans

We’re taking you further inside our hotel to introduce you to a few of the people who have made it a reality. I sat down with John deC. Evans, visionary, developer, co-owner and president of OPUS Hotels Corporation, to talk about his vision, favourite rooms, and his perfect day in Vancouver.

Tell us about the OPUS revamp.

In the life of a hotel, there is always the requirement for a makeover. The vision needed to evolve like people, fashion, and music. They all change with time. The energy and spirit of the original vision had been well received globally. We always wanted a residential look and feel, which was expressed in light fixtures, fabric selections and colour choices. We worked collaboratively with Robert Bailey, the interior designer, to continue that approach in the revamp. The goal was to stay true to character – neither more conservative nor more outlandish.

What’s your favourite room and muse?

From a colour perspective, I’ve always liked the muse Mike. I liked the vibrancy of the original, bold red. With the revamp, the colour has softened and brightened but is still a favourite. We retired the golden colour and, hence, the muse couple called Bob and Carol. Frankly, they were dated. They left with their harvest gold colour, which was kind of done. And in came an Hermés orange with our Pierre muse. Love it. If I had to pick, I’d say I like those, Mike and Pierre.

The vision in the rooms and suites was that they would have all of the essential pieces – even in the smallest rooms. There would be the same excitement for guests staying in the standard room as in any other. I’ve stayed in that room. I like that room - the feeling, quality, coziness - as much as the signature penthouse suite.

With each visit, you might be in a different state of mind. If you’re in an introspective mood, you would perhaps choose to stay in Susan’s blue room because it makes you feel restful. Or if you want to have a party weekend – try some things you’ve never tried before – you may stay in Billy’s green room.

Once a guest has stayed with us, they’ll know our muses and colours, and will know upon returning which room to select for their mood. The nice thing about that is a guest will never have the same experience twice.

As a traveler, how would you spend a day in Vancouver?

Get to bed early, get up early. Wake up refreshed when the sun rises (or to sheets of rain). You have the choice to exercise first or go to breakfast. The day is very much about being outside and being active, absorbing the beauty of the city rain or shine. Spend the afternoon at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

There’s amazing dining in the city, including lots of chef owned and operated restaurants, such as Lucais Syme’s La Pentola and Pino Posteraro’s Cioppino’s - both brilliant dining experiences. And there’s a little sushi restaurant on Pacific Boulevard called Ki-Isu – it’s great and always packed.

What are your favourite dishes on the menu at La Pentola?

The soufflé di parmigiano with zucchini crudo and the lemon cream dessert. They have similar textures and they both melt in your mouth. If I never ate another thing, I would be happy.

~ 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

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.

Fashions in Yaletown

Checkered amongst the deliciously scented restaurants and desirable bars of Yaletown, there lie a selection of boutiques carrying treasures for your body and trouble for your wallet. Window displays will lure you in against your will and clothes will leap off the racks and into your hands.

You may find yourself leaving one of these fabulous Yaletown boutiques juggling a cluster of shopping bags:

Basquiat

Upon entering this spacious and bright store, your head will become woozy with fashion intoxication. Beautiful items from A.L.C., Barbara Bui, J Brand, Jenni Kayne, Line, and Preen will want to be yours as you float from hanger to hanger and shelf to shelf.

1189 Hamilton Street

Fine Finds

When in need of a gift, it is known across the city that one will snap up that perfect trinket at Fine Finds. Shiny jewelry, unique clothing, baby accessories, and quirky cards fill the shop. Warning: You’ll leave with more than a gift.

1014 Mainland Street

The Cross

Once you cross the threshold of this décor boutique, you may not emerge for hours. There are too many items of fancy and picturesque books to fondle and eye… ideal for satiating your curiosity.

1198 Homer Street

Brooklyn Clothing Co.

Men (and girlfriends) will have all of their denim dreams answered at this trendy store on the edges of Yaletown. If it’s made of denim or goes with denim, you’ll find it here. Don’t be scared by the huge selection of brands and styles… the staff will pull out exactly what you’re looking for.

418 Davie Street

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Let OPUS Hotel spoil your furry friends

For most pet owners, pooches or felines are counted as family members and most loyal companions. Let’s face it, besides the occasional bark or meow, pets can be the drama-free versions of brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, and spouses. In other words, the perfect traveling partner.

At OPUS Hotel, we welcome all members of your family, including your furry ones, and we don’t charge extra. Your dog will be welcomed with a water bowl, a bag of treats, and Modern Dog Magazine.

After Lassie has indulged in treats in the room, take him or her exploring outside. In either direction, the Seawall is a puppy’s dream, but head east to reach doggie-friendly Coopers’ Park and let your pooch run amok with the dogs of Vancouver. Your dog isn’t the only one who can socialize at the park… perhaps you’ll find a man or woman to join you for a cocktail when the dogs have been put to bed.

Once you’ve made your mark in the fashionable boutiques of Yaletown, spoil your four-legged love at Barking Babies located just around the corner from OPUS on Homer Street. Everyone deserves a souvenir when they travel.

Next time you stay at OPUS, we hope to meet your pup too.

~ Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider

Best Brunches in Yaletown

Brunch should be a food group - one of those essential components of nutrition that make our bodies function at the most optimal level. A weekend brunch reignites us after a long week and prepares us for the work days ahead. They are luxurious meals that condone sleeping in, socializing with friends, and cocktails before noon. Honestly, what’s not to love?

We’re lucky at OPUS Hotel to be surrounded by an abundance of delicious restaurants in Yaletown that cater to this decadent meal hour.

La Pentola: Located just an elevator ride away for guests, this Italian eatery is rich with a variety of brunch delicacies, including the traditional Northern Italian pancake, Kaiserschmarrn, colourful three egg omelets, and the refreshing Aperol Spritz cocktail.

350 Davie Street

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Kaiserschmarrn at La Pentola

Glowbal Grill: If you’re a sucker for mini donuts and bustling patio people-watching, this is the dining spot for you. Drink mimosas and pick from one of four Eggs Benedict options.

1079 Mainland Street

Provence Marinaside: With the sight of boats bobbing in the marina visible over your Baked Eggs Florentine, it’s hard to leave this idyllic brunch spot even after you’ve finished eating.

1177 Marinaside Crescent

Elbow Room Café: The best cure for a hangover after a fabulous night in Vancouver resides at this tasty greasy-spoon diner. Not only will the staff berate you for not finishing all the food on your plate, but they will collect a donation to support the AIDS charity A Loving Spoonful.

560 Davie Street

~ 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