In February there is everything to hope for and nothing to regret. – Patience Strong


Welcome to February. This month brings us music every night, International Wine Fest, Valentine’s Day dinners, Hot Chocolate Festival, A Stoplight Party, and a Valentine’s themed #KissMeInGastown, a frame making workshop at Mosh, Moscow House lecture at Inform, pictures from KI Infinity Atelier, and an interview with John Fluevog.


Here’s what’s happening.



Give me music: Guilt & Co, happy hour, and the perpetual calendar.

And starting February 1 – Guilt & Co is open for happy hour from 4pm- 7pm, Monday to Friday with drink specials along with themed movies and TV shows screening each weekday at 5pm.

Food + Drink

@kristi_linneboe; Wine Director at L’abattoir.


Gastown at International Wine Fest 2020
Feb 22 – March 1


International Wine Fest 2020 pops into town with focused wine tastings and paired haute cuisine.

Check out the links below for participating Gastown restaurants.


VIVA LOMBARDY – Monday, February 24, 2020 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm


ALSACE, SYNONYMOUS WITH HUGEL – Feb 26 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (part of Wine Fest)


VINTNERS BRUNCH Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:30 am – 2:00 pm

FYI: The 2019 Judges’ Choice Award went to Bauhaus Restaurant, paired with Louis M Martini Winery Monte Rosso Gnarly Vine Zinfandel 2014.

Tuc Craft Kitchen

VINTNERS BRUNCH Sunday, March 1, 2020 11:30 am – 2:00 pm


The Portside Pub
Valentine’s Day Stoplight Party

February 14

Single? Taken? Not sure? We’ve got an event for you! Choose your bracelet colour at the door to match your relationship status Tickets $12 in advance (before 10pm entry), Fireball specials all night, GOOD MUSIC DJs spinning 9pm-3am, and a complimentary Fireball sample when you bring a picture of your ex to be shredded.

Get tickets today.



Kitchen Table Restaurants Offering Special Menu Features Over Valentine’s Day Weekend


At Gastown’s Pourhouse, the kitchen will offer a perfect-for-pairs dinner menu available from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16 that offers a four-course, prix-fixe feast for $99 plus tax and gratuity per couple. The menu includes gourmet snacks such as foie gras torchon, BC Oysters and a black truffle custard tart as well as lobster ravioli, salmon Wellington and a dessert of ‘chocolate-rose-Champagne’. Throughout the weekend, Bar Manager Adam Domet will also shake up a special ‘L’Amour Rouge’ cocktail feature — a sweet and citrusy bubbly libation tinted Valentine’s red courtesy of a house-made raspberry-and-butter bourbon wash available for $14.

Di Beppe

At Di Beppe, couples can wrap up their special Valentine’s dinner with a decadent, shareable dessert of chocolate budino tart with whipped toasted marshmallow for $10, available from Thursday, February 13 through Sunday, February 16. Di Beppe will also help couples getting an early jump on Valentine’s Day feel the love by offering the feature dessert free of charge for those dining at the restaurant on Thursday, February 13. Di Beppe will also be donating 10% of the proceeds from all pizza sales throughout the weekend to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in honour of the special occasion.


With just a few reservations left to fill on Valentine’s Day this year, the team at L’Abattoir have taken it upon themselves to create a menu that rises to their guests’ expectations of one of the countries most romantic restaurants. Available February 14th.


Ampersand Bistro is offering two 3- course Valentine’s Dinners at different price points: $70 per couple (vegan option is available) and all wine s buy one get one free, and $35/ with suggested cocktails/wine pairing until the end of February.

Hot Chocolate Festival 2020

Treat your Valentine to a varietal cup of hot cocoa that’s sure to go down smooth and easy. Each blend of hot cocolate is paired with a fitting treat.


East Van Roasters

47 – TRIP TO LACHUA (Anniversary Classic)
Available January 18 – February 14 , 2020
A cardamom-infused Guatemala drinking chocolate.
Served with a Champurradas (corn cookie).


Available January 18 -January 31 , 2020
Tanzania drinking chocolate with cinnamon and vanilla in cashew and rice milk.
Served with a Tanzania chocolate square with puffed rice inclusion.


Available February 1 – February 14 , 2020
Dominican Republic chocolate infused with ginger and cloves in coconut milk.
Served with dulce de leche and plantain.


Nelson The Seagull


Available January 18 -February 14, 2020
Hot chocolate infused with rooibos tea.
Served with a South African buttermilk rusk cookie.


Available January 25 – 31, 2020
Peanut butter hot chocolate.
Served with a house-made, salted peanut butter cup.


Available February 1 – 7, 2020
A spicy hot chocolate.
Served with a fudgey, salted, chocolate rye cookie.


Available February 8 – 14, 2020
Hot chocolate infused with aniseed.
Served with a fig and almond treat.



Herschel Supply Company


FEBRUARY 8 & 9, 12pm – 4pm: Coca-Cola Cafe + Coke giveaway

Bringing back a classic partnership from the archives Herschel Supply is once again partnering with Coca-Cola ® on a new collection featuring insulated styles to keep your drinks cold. To celebrate the launch, we have built a mock café at the flagship Gastown store. Guests visiting the ‘Have a Good Day Cafe’ are invited to shop the collection, snap a photo and enjoy a complimentary bottle of ice cold Coca-Cola®.


FEBRUARY 14, VALENTINES DAY, 10am – 9PM: Heartfelt flower shop

To celebrate Valentines Day and Herschel’s Supply’s latest Heartfelt collection, we are partnering with La Bomba floral for a a pop up flower shop at the Gastown store. There will be large and small bouquets available to buy, or free with in-store purchase of $100 or more


Now Open In Gastown: KI Atelier (+ Pictures)

We recently met up with Anthony Cheng; co-partner at recently opened kitchen design firm, KI Atelier, to welcome him to the neighbourhood and have a quick chat.

Here’s how it went down.


Arts + Culture


Valentine’s Day #KissMeInGastown

Share The Love in Maple Tree Square
February 7-18

First it was the mistletoe, now a big beautiful heart. #KissMeInGastown returns for 2020 with a large rose filled heart installation at Maple Tree Square. The perfect photo opportunity for your instagram feeds and a magic moment to share with your sweetheart. Located in between Secret Location and Local in Maple Tree Square Gastown. From February 7th til 18th.


Get it on with Cupid
February 14

Nothing says lovin’ on Valentine’s Day like a shot from Cupids arrow. The tricksy match maker will be fluttering around the neighbourhood Friday February 14th from 4-8pm to get you and your honey bunny into his sights. Get your cameras ready!

Learn how to Handcraft an Acetate Frame
with Sara Moshurchak from Mosh Framemakers.

Sara is opening up her studio (the “mosh pit”) for a series of framemaking workshops to learn The Mosh Method of making eyewear. You get to design a frame and learn the skills needed to craft your own pair of eyewear.

(Limited to 2 spaces per workshop)

$2200 CAD + tax



Workshop #1: February 22, 23, 24


Workshop #3: February 20, 21, 27, 28

More workshops to follow in March.

inform speaker nightsMoscow House Lecture
at Inform Interiors

Thursday, February 27, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Details TBA



Fluevog at Fifty

At fifty years in the shoe business, John Fluevog is as wonderfully weird as any Gastowner could be. Even though his Flugiverse spans countries and continents, it’s in this place of brick, mortar, grit, invention, adventure, and risk, that the man with the wedged heals on his boots is at home.