Vancouver meetup July 8, 2010 7:00 PM   Subscribe

Vancouver meetup in the near(ish) future? I've just moved to the Greater Vancouver area and would love to meet the local mefites.

I've had a rough arrival in Vancouver, and I know absolutely no one here. I'd love to meet some area mefites and get some tips about my new home while enjoying delicious beverages and/or food. I'm very open to date and time suggestions.
posted by alltomorrowsparties to MetaFilter Gatherings at 7:00 PM (32 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Oh man I would love this! Vancouver only seems to have meetups in the summer and I'm not usually around due to work, but this year my summer work finished early and I'm basically loafing around until I start a new job in September!

I'm actually leaving in a few hours to visit my family out East, but will be back in a week, and after that my schedule is wide open.

I could suggest various regular bar/cafe/whatever locations, but as an alternative, what about a beach meetup, considering it just warmed up significantly?
posted by mannequito at 7:44 PM on July 8, 2010

Beach meetup!!! Yesssssss. Maybe a giant potluck picnic! Oh man, best idea ever.
The fireworks are coming up, we could do it on one of those days?

Or in a bar, that's fine too. Either way I'm in.
posted by PercussivePaul at 8:49 PM on July 8, 2010

A potluck picnic meetup at the beach would be superb. And match my starving student budget.
posted by mek at 10:13 PM on July 8, 2010

oh yes.
posted by mce at 11:10 PM on July 8, 2010

I'm moving to Vancouver from New York in a few weeks, and I also know nobody there! If this ends up happening after August 1 I am in, otherwise I'll catch the next one.
posted by makonan at 11:19 PM on July 8, 2010

beach sounds great, willing to wait a while for more people....
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 2:51 AM on July 9, 2010

I'd say I'm most likely in. I am going to be non-committal about this though because I got the impression the last meetup involving a mefite passing through town wound up with the poor guy getting stood up. I still feel like a jerk about that.
posted by Kirk Grim at 9:16 AM on July 9, 2010

Kirk, I think I missed that one, and it sucks that it fell apart... but two meetups ago we packed about 15 into the Alibi Room and had a great time. So don't be soured on the meetups.

Fireworks happening on the following days:
* Wednesday July 21st 2010 – The Keg presents USA Night
* Saturday July 24th, 2010 – London Drugs presents Spain Night
* Wednesday July 28th, 2010 – HSBC presents Mexico Night
* Saturday July 31st, 2010 – Concord Pacific presents A Tribute to China

For those of you who are new in town: we have a fireworks festival every summer! It's awesome. It's best seen from English Bay but you could also go to Vanier Park, Kits Beach, Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks, or up to Stanley Park.

We could meet at one of these places at 5 or 6 pm and spend a few hours hanging out before the fireworks start at 10. Can't bring booze though as the cops are everywhere on fireworks nights.
posted by PercussivePaul at 3:47 PM on July 9, 2010

I'm a definite maybe for either of the Saturdays, and a definite no for the Wednesdays.
posted by birdsquared at 1:20 AM on July 10, 2010

So, how about we say meetup at 6,Saturday July 31, English Bay? Please someone else help with actual location details as I, like mentioned above, am new to town.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 9:31 AM on July 10, 2010

I like the 31st as well. English Bay though ... fucking crazy packed, so how about 2nd Beach, which is the one on the seawall in Stanley Park? Probably still pretty busy but not so crazy and less obnoxious drunken suburban folk. I think as long as you're smart and subtle too it's easy to get away with a couple of beers.

We'd still want to figure out a meeting place, can someone else take care of that? I don't know downtown pubs and bars so well. I'd tentatively suggest though, if we wanted to go somewhere after the fireworks, the Brickhouse on Main, which is cheap, has couches, and is central/close to a skytrain stop.

unrelated, PercussivePaul I clicked on your profile and totally recognize you - I slept on your couch for four days last summer, friend of your gf. haha, small city I guess.
posted by mannequito at 9:54 PM on July 10, 2010

oh I just went back and read the comment from makonan saying they can only make it after Aug. 1st ... but so either we could wait and do it after or use this meeting to plan another one.
posted by mannequito at 10:01 PM on July 10, 2010

I am totally fine with someone else taking the reins on this but looks like someone will have to, or we may be waffling into December. Let's wait for makonan and I would personally prefer not too much of a huge crowd scene....
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 2:39 PM on July 11, 2010

Wait wait wait! I can do July 31st! I will be in the area, I'll just be homeless and mildly-to-moderately stressed out until August 1st. LET'S DO IT.
posted by makonan at 3:52 PM on July 11, 2010

Also I totally second mannequito's suggestion of Second Beach/Brickhouse.
posted by makonan at 3:55 PM on July 11, 2010

ok, reins taken. Y'all haven't seen me drive though, so be scared.

31st, 2nd Beach, Fireworks followed by drinks at the Brickhouse if we're not too tired. I'll work on a meeting place&time when I get back to Van. I'm thinking somewhere around the entrance to Stanley Park, like in front of one of those art sculptures. Anyone with a better idea can chime in though.

alltomorrowsparties, you wanna see about getting this added to the meetup sidebar? Maybe pull in some more people? Looks like, what, 6 or 7 people now. (honestly though, I'd prefer smaller than larger).
posted by mannequito at 8:09 PM on July 11, 2010

Oh...I heard you were on MeFi. Hi :)

We should maybe think about this a bit. I'm pretty certain 2nd beach is going to be only slightly less jammed full of people than English Bay itself. Afterward there will be a massive crush of people pouring through downtown on their way out which will make driving impossible and transit almost impossible. Even getting to the Brickhouse would be quite a challenge, to be honest, unless we're all on bikes. I don't mind cause I usually bike, but if anyone needs to drive or skytrain this is going to be a bit rough.

I see three options:
1. Tough it out. Maybe aim for a bar within walking distance of the beach though. Except they might all be full.
2. Go to Vanier Park on the south side of False Creek, or maybe Kits Beach... find a bar afterward in that area.
3. Do this on a non-fireworks day and avoid the mayhem and enjoy the beach.

I'd vote for #2. I love the fireworks and I'll probably go anyway, but it's pure chaos downtown, and trying to meet up with people and keep a group together would be a headache. I've watched them from Vanier Park and it's almost as good, and MUCH less crowded.
posted by PercussivePaul at 9:48 PM on July 11, 2010

hmm yeah ... I'd agree. Actually I lean towards #3 - combining a meetup with one of the craziest days of the year in the city is asking for trouble.

On the other hand I like trouble, so I'm ok with #2 @ Vanier Park, in which case I hand the reins off to PPaul since I know nothing about the area.

posted by mannequito at 10:06 PM on July 11, 2010

ok, definite lack of discussion.

So let me just ask this: is anyone here really determined to see the fireworks on that particular night? If not, the simple thing to do would be to stick with the 31st and eliminate fireworks from the equation.

How would 31st, 9pm, Brickhouse sound?
posted by mannequito at 8:18 PM on July 12, 2010

I'll be there.
posted by makonan at 11:41 PM on July 12, 2010

Done and posted to irl. Looking forward to seeing you all.
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 12:07 AM on July 13, 2010

Cheers to the end of waffling!

Since I live fairly close I'm gonna head there a bit earlier too (they only open at 8) and see if I can stake out one of the couches near the pool table. You can look for the guy in the bumblebee shirt (striped black/yellow) which is visible from miles away.

Looking forward.
posted by mannequito at 12:15 PM on July 13, 2010

So now I have to pick between fireworks and the meetup. Oh well. I'll probably come to the meetup.

The Brickhouse is a great pub but be warned they don't serve food, only little bags of potato chips. There is food at Radha upstairs but you wouldn't be able to bring it down or anything, it's a separate restaurant. Make sure you eat before you show up!
posted by PercussivePaul at 1:06 PM on July 13, 2010

Coolness. I think I could do this too. (As a note, I wouldn't recommend anyone bike to the Brickhouse unless you can bring the bikes inside - it's pretty dodgy in that neighbourhood.)
posted by Zack_Replica at 7:08 PM on July 14, 2010

I left just before I turned into a pumpkin, but I had a great time, as usual.

Pics have been posted here and in the IRL thread.

makonan - sorry you couldn't make it. Next time, right?
posted by birdsquared at 1:14 AM on August 1, 2010

also - mannequito - was it camel tail?
posted by birdsquared at 1:31 AM on August 1, 2010

Well it seems I should have had that coffee before trying to upload pics.

I seem to have added an extra http lol and I don't know how to fix it could someone please rescue me.
posted by barstool at 9:25 AM on August 1, 2010

Yay it works now!

We had some laughs and it was great to meet a few of you Mefites.
The venue was just about perfect with an abundance of fine scotch
and comfy seating.
I am looking forward to the next time. Till then keep your plates bean side up.
posted by barstool at 9:44 AM on August 1, 2010

I haven't even made it home and birdsquared's already got photos up. bah.

anyway: more photos tomorrow, providing this hangover doesn't lay me too low.
posted by heeeraldo at 3:10 AM on August 2, 2010

Cripes. I feel for you, heeraldo. It's just such a shame that there isn't some simple way to accomplish this onerous chore. Do let is us know if you need someone to prop you up, while you upload.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:14 PM on August 2, 2010

aaaand mine are up.
posted by heeeraldo at 9:36 PM on August 3, 2010

Sweet. Now ... all we wanna know is; what defect in your camera-equipment makes me look so frikken wide, anywaze? I'm thinkin' it's the light.

posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 11:37 PM on August 4, 2010

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