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The Great Canadian Hotel Bar Hop: OPUS Vancouver Bar

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  Site Where: 322 Davie Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 5Z6
June 28, 2012 at 9:17 AM | by | ()

This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.

First stop: The trendy bar at OPUS Hotel Vancouver.

To keep things cutting-edge fresh, OPUS Bar has decided to increase the health quotient of their delish cocktails by fashioning a new summer menu of beverages that are infused with essential oils. Read about the flavors below!

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Old King Cole Makes Merry Again, At the St. Regis

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  Site Where: 2 E. 55th Street [map], New York, ny, United States, 10022
June 7, 2007 at 1:42 PM | by | ()

New York's St. Regis Hotel welcomed back its most famous guest -- a 101-year old massive mural of Old King Cole and his merry men, painted by Maxfield Parrish.

The midtown Beaux-Arts landmark just reinstalled the gigantic mural, which was carted off this past January for a $100,000 clean-up to remove nearly four decades of smoke and grit.  No wonder the king is a merry old soul.

John Jacob Astor paid Parrish $5,000 -- an absolute fortune in 1906 -- to create the mural for what was then Astor's other famous Gotham hotel, The Knickerbocker. Some art historians believe the face of Old Cole is in fact the visage of his patron.

But wait. There's more about The King's Face. According to The New York Times,

Through decades of mixed-drink conviviality, bartenders have shared with their regulars a secret of the painting that is considerably less elegant than the hotel, the bar or indeed the mural itself. The legend, repeated by generations of bar patrons, is that the king’s sheepish grin, and the startled reactions of his knights, were occasioned by the flatulence of the monarch.

The 25-foot triptych traveled from hotel to hotel, until finally -- and, we hope, permanently -- landing at The St. Regis.

And it's not just the mural that's renowned; over the years this historic hotel has been home away from home for celebs and dignitaries -- from Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to Babe Paley and Salvador and Gala Dali.

We won't fail to mention that the St. Regis is also the official birthplace of The Bloody Mary. In honor of its esteemed guests and the return of the merry king, the bar has created nine new drinks, ranging from "Some Like It Hot" after La Marilyn, to "The Bloody Spaniard," Salvador Dali's Tomato Perception. Drinks start at $15.

[Photo: Hiroko Masuike for The New York Times]

Related Stories:
· A Merry Old Soul Made New [New York Sun]
· King Cole, a Grimy Old Soul, Heads for a Cleaning [NYT]
· HotelChatter's Midtown Manhattan Hotel Bar Crawl [HotelChatter]