In light of this upcoming week of Pride action and her recent coming out story on Vancity Buzz, Reiko Mackenzie, the well-loved socialite from The Real Housewives of Vancouver hit television series, is sharing her favourite Pride restaurant hangouts.
Mackenzie is a member of the LGBTQ2+ community and is now a major foodie with her own gluten-free beer brand.
Whether you’re grabbing a drink in between the celebrations or looking to mingle with other supporters, her picks are the places to be at so come out and join the Vancouver’s community in celebrating Pride at these nine restaurant hangouts.
Score’s brunch is Mackenzie’s favourite and she especially loves how they use free range eggs. You will likely find her on for the Pride Recovery Brunch at 10 a.m. on August 3–a meal for all those who need some extra energy for the Monday morning after Pride weekend celebrations.
Address: 1262 Davie Street
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to late, Saturday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to late
Thai Basil is a casual restaurant on Davie Street and Thurlow Street which Mackenzie finds is perfect for grabbing a quick bite. This spot is only one block away from where the Pride parade ends so if you’re feeling hungry after the celebrations, come here for a snack. Here in the Davie village, you are sure to see other supporters celebrating and feel the Pride vibe.
Address: 1215 Thurlow Street
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 11:30 am to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Located in the Davie Village, this pub proudly serves 15 beers and one cider on tap and has great gluten-free options, which is a big win for Mackenzie. Come grab a drink here in the midst of the celebrations and play a game of pool with friends. If you enjoy people-watching, the Fountainhead Pub is a great spot, especially this week!
Address: 1025 Davie Street
Opening Hours: Sunday to Wednesday: 11 a.m. to midnight, Thursday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to midnight
Chill Winston not only has a lovely urban-chic décor and a great selection of beer, but also prides itself in its eco-friendly menu. Enjoy an artistic meal here after the Pride Parade and feel great about yourself for supporting the LGBTQ2+ community. Mackenzie recommends sitting on the patio and having her Corsa gluten-free beer while you enjoy prime people watching.
Address: 3 Alexander Street
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. to midnight
This restaurant is located in the heart of Gastown and has a neat, modern décor to make you feel at home. Mackenzie loves dining at the bar here and the appetizers are half-off from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 when you dine at the bar. L’Abattoit pleases with their exceptional cocktails, handsome bartenders, great brunch and excellent eats. Take a breather from Pride and meet up here for cocktails before joining the Pride celebrations again.
Address: 217 Carrall Street
Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday: 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday to Saturday: 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
Located in the vibrant Davie Village, Lolita’s is great for mingling with others and having one of Mackenzie favourite margaritas in town. In the heart of all the Pride festivities, you might just fall in love with the quaint, intimate atmosphere with a cooling margarita to enjoy after the Pride Parade.
Address: 1326 Davie Street
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday to Sunday: 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
After five years in hibernation, the city’s favourite gay nightclub is set to re-open at a new location just in time for Pride with two Corsa beer taps – there is no way Mackenzie could have forgotten to put this on her list. There are Pride events every night from Thursday to Sunday so don’t miss out and dance the night away with the Pride celebrators after the parade.
Address: 686 West Hastings Street
Opening Hours: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m
Want to keep your celebrations within the Davie Village? Check out this new gay nightclub that opened on Bute. The space is luxurious and Jenn Mickey, also owner of 1181, sure knows how to attract a crowd. This upscale club will be overflowing with stunning people for Pride weekend and you should join them.
Address: 1216 Bute Street
The Cobalt nightclub has a great selection of music and beer and is well-liked in the LGBTQ2+ community. Tucked away in the downtown eastside, Mackenzie recommends this place because of its “raddest drag king shows ever!” She especially recommends you check it out on Pride for the ManUp and El Hangover.
Address: 917 Main Street
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Tangoo list curated by Reiko Mackenzie. Follow her on twitter @ReikoMommy and check out her blog www.reikomommy.com.
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