Ever since Waldorf Productions announced that it was leaving the Waldorf Hotel in East Vancouver, the big question has been “What’s next”? The spot, which was renovated extensively by Waldorf Productions, has been purchased by a developer.
Those who’ve been around the city for longer than a couple of years might remember that the East Vancouver tiki landmark wasn’t always one of the city’s coolest multi-use venues. For most of the ’80s and ’90s it was a place where longshoremen went to drink cheap draft at a crappy pub with big-screen TVs, and where bad cover bands would leave you wondering why you didn’t decide to go to the Town Pump instead.
Waldorf Productions turned the Waldorf into the kind of hotspot that attracted the likes of Katy Perry, Skrillex, and the Black Keys, the team’s great trick being that the venue was inclusive enough to make regular folks feel equally welcome. Following its opening in October of 2011, the renovated hotel regularly hosted art shows, film festival openings, standup comedians, as well as uber-cool musical acts ranging from EMA to Black Mountain to Esben and the Witch. Not only that, but you could get honest-to-God mai tais—as opposed to bottles of Molson Canadian—in the Waldorf’s fabulous Tiki bar.
As mentioned, Waldorf Productions cleared out Monday after it was unable to agree on a new lease with the hotel and its new owners. As of Tuesday, the Waldorf Hotel website looked radically different than it did a week ago. What can we expect moving forward? If www.waldorfhotel.com/ is any indication, special events this Saturday include a Sublime covers band. As for the Grove Pub, which is evidently back after being transformed into the restaurant Nuba by Waldorf Productions, there are all sorts of “new and cool” drinks on offer, including Mike’s Hard Lemonade, apple and peach cider, and double paralyzers.
Get ready to to party, especially when that Sublime covers band steps up to the mike and screeches "This is a couple's song—it's called 'Date Rape'!!"