International mixology event 24-Hour Bar features two Vancouver bartenders

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      While numerous sectors in B.C. have been impacted by pandemic restrictions, bartenders have been hard hit by the closures of nightlife venues and limitations on serving alcohol. That’s in addition to severe reductions in tourism.  

      Although B.C.’s reopening process that began this week included the resumption of indoor dining service at food and drink establishments, things aren't exactly back to the way things were before the pandemic. And there may be some people who still don't feel comfortable going out to a bar or restaurant. And, of course, we still can't travel.

      Accordingly, Corby Spirit and Wine has teamed up with Bartender Atlas to enable bartenders from around the world to collaborate in a virtual event to share their expertise with audiences.

      The 24-Hour Bar, which kicked off last night with Josh Lindley in Toronto, is featuring live streams from 24 bartenders who have been hired for this event from 12 countries: Canada, USA, Kenya, Brazil, Lebanon, New Zealand, Mexico, Australia, India, Philippines, Costa Rica, and Italy.

      One new bartender will be featured each hour.

      Two Vancouver bartenders will be highlighted:

      • Carolyn Yu—whose bartending resume includes the likes of Vancouver's Gotham Steakhouse, Havana, Bauhaus, and more—will appear at 10 p.m.;
      • Daphnée Vary Deshaies (a.k.a. Daphnee Dee), a Montreal transplant who has worked at the Diamond and Chambar in Vancouver and launched the photojournalism website Cocktail Roads, will take up the midnight hour.

      Other upcoming Canadian bartenders include Christina Veira from Toronto, Nick Drescher from Winnipeg, Kate Boushel from Montreal, and Shannon-Blue Nanibush from Ottawa, who will close the event. The full schedule is available here.

      Viewers can request specific drinks to be made, ask for advice on what to make, learn about the cities or countries that the bartenders are from, and more.

      Check it out on Twitch.

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