Northern Voice After Party - Take 5 Cafe

by Darren Barefoot ()

After an exhaustive search (really, we went to, like, five places), we've located the ideal venue for the post-conference party for Northern Voice: Take 5 Cafe. Why is it ideal? Let me tell you:

  • It's conveniently located at Hastings and Granville, about 5 blocks north of the conference venue. There are plenty of restaurants nearby for dinner, and plenty of bars and nightclubs for those who want to party after the party.
  • Dean Punzo, the owner, has offered us a very equitable arrangement, so it doesn't cost a fortune just to rent the venue.
  • It can comfortably accomodate 100 people, which seems to be a likely maximum figure for the party.
  • It's a cafe/bar, meaning they offer alcohol, but if you or any of your family are under 19 years old, they're still welcome.
  • There's free Wifi. But, you know, leave your laptop at home.

Dean and his staff will have a "nice selection of beer, wine and martinis on offer", as well as a broad array of the non-alcoholic beverages. I took a few daytime photos of the venue. As you can see, Take 5 is the 'third place' for the Bryght team (plus Will Pate). For the party, we plan to dim the lights, bring in some candles and remove some of the tables.

In case anybody's wondering, you're welcome to bring significant others, friends and attractive strangers to the party. Basically, you've just got to have some connection to the conference or one of the organizers. If you're not going to the conference, but want to come to the party, email us and we'll officially make you connected.

List of Possible Post-Conference Party Venues

by Darren Barefoot ()

While they're fresh in my mind, I wanted to start a list of possible post-conference party venues. We outlined a bunch of criteria for the venue a while back.

We'll check these out in the coming weeks and pick one that fits our needs.

Venue Suggestions for Post-Conference Party

by Darren Barefoot ()

We're planning on a conference that runs roughly 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM. In the evening, we're going to have a little soiree. We've got a few ideas, but we're curious as to what suggestions other locals had for a decent party venue. Our criteria are as follows:

  • Must be able to accomodate about 100 people. We're not sure how many people will come to the conference. Clearly all of them won't come to the party, so we're guessing wildly with "about 100".
  • Must be able to devote space to us on a Saturday night. This is a tricky requirement, as obviously Saturday night is the busiest night of the week for most bars and restaurants. In theory we need an unpopular but still acceptably cool venue with some dedicated space for us (an "upstairs", for example).
  • Must cost us nothing or very little. This shouldn't be too much of a problem if we can guarantee them x number of extra patrons.
  • Must be in walking distance of UBC Robson Square. For now, let's call that "anywhere on the downtown peninsula". 

In theory, we'd like to stick with bars and restaurants, which provide the least hassle and most flexibility. If nothing else, we'll look into renting some space at a hotel or other venue. Where do you think we should have this event?

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