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Miami-inspired Vancouver bar with food and live entertainment sets opening date

Get ready for a spicy taste of Miami right here in Vancouver

Weary locals can soon escape Raincouver for a taste of hot Miami nightlife without buying a plane ticket thanks to a new bar with late-night snacks and live entertainment on Commercial Drive.

The Flamingo Room is the next chapter for the theatre area at beloved East Van staple Havana.

Opening day has been set for Dec. 6 at 5 p.m.

The concept is "neighbourhood watering hole-meets eclectic cocktail room," in the 52-seat, 900-square-foot space. 

Revellers can expect to find live music and comedy served up alongside fun drinks and eats created by the Havana team.

"Our live stage will be a hub of local talent and personalities, bringing our community together through performances that make each visit a unique experience,” said Tyson McNamara, Stage Manager, in a media release from The Flamingo Room. “We believe in the power of supporting local artists, providing a space where their creativity shines.”

Food and drink menu: Shareable dishes, cocktails and mocktails with tropical vibes

The Flamingo Room's executive chef, Andrew Hounslow, will serve up a food menu of playful snacks with a South Floridian twist, like a share-able Cubano sandwich (on a stick!), Huevos Diablos, Tajin-spiced compressed watermelon, and a jicama and chickpea "ceviche."

The drinks program was created by Beverage Director Alexa Greenman, and features several tropical drinks (including zero-proof mocktails). Expect to find shareable cocktails for groups and a locally-focused beer and wine list, too.

The Flamingo Room's food, drink, and merriment will be showcased in a space described as offering "a lush space layered full of playful textures and saturated colours" with "banquet booth seating, decorative lighting, a warm wood bar, and a forthcoming bespoke feature mural wall."

“We look forward to welcoming guests into an intimate, tropical space, where inventive drinks and snacks are underscored with amazing live music and comedy,” said Reuben Major, Managing Partner of Havana Vancouver and The Flamingo Room.

“I’m so proud of our team for their dedication and hard work bringing The Flamingo Room to a reality. It’s been a long time coming, and we’re excited to open our doors!”

When The Flamingo Room (1212 Commercial Dr) officially opens on Dec. 6, it will operate Wednesday to Sunday, from 5 p.m. to late.

Follow @flamingoroomvan on Instagram.

This article was originally published on Aug. 31, 2023 and has been updated.

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