When my foodie pal, Beth from @bitesofvancouver (IG), invited me to Notch8’s Tipsy Tea event this Halloween weekend, both of us were mad stressing about what to wear. Okay, you probably think that wardrobe obsessing is an all too common issue for all women attending any event. This Tipsy Tea event was a totally different beast because we have never heard of any other event like it in the city. From what we gathered, it was a Halloween tea event held at 7 (that’s PM!) for adults only in the Notch8 private dining room of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. There were to be tarot card readings, spiked witches brew and Halloween-themed towers of sweet and savory tea goodies. It really got us thinking…. hmm… a tea event in the evening that could get us tipsy? Was it a party? Would there be dancing? Was it a sit down or cocktail event?
We spent two days planning and talking about our outfits like school girls and we finally decided on elegantly simple black ensembles of top and pants armed with backup lace masks in case we needed to “get festive” on the spot. (You can see in the last photo below.) When we arrived at Notch8, a hostess led us down just a few step of stairs to the private dining room located in the corner of the spacious lounge. We brushed past cobwebs and ducked underneath a plush red curtain to enter a dim candle lit room that looked like it could have been Dracula’s library. To our delight, we saw the room was configured in such a way that every party had their own table adorned with 3 arm candelabras. It was very romantic and it pleased us that it was indeed a sit-down event, allowing us to have a “girls date” which we have been talking about having for quite some time.
Notch8 is located inside the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and they also offer a regular afternoon tea service.
Location: 900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC Canada, +1 604 662 1900
Parking: No street parking directly outside the Hotel but available down the street on Hornby where there is also a pay parkade. There are over 20 parking spots reserved for Car2Go on the rooftop parkade at 777 Hornby which is right next to the hotel. Closest Skytrain station is Vancouver City Centre (on the Canada Line) which is 2 blocks away from the hotel.
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