Please! Beverage Co. is about to give you a reason to leave the house this June, with the Vancouver company known for bottled cocktails like Mango Sticky Rice and Green Tea Fizz is opening a physical location in Mount Pleasant.
The Please! Beverage Tasting House will occupy a former car repair shop at 222 West 5th Avenue, with 67 seats in a main lounge area, and a production facility operating in the back of the building.
"Our goal is to elevate the ready-to-drink category by adding some narrative," Please! Beverage Co. founder Noel Steen, told the Straight. "Beer has the benefit of breweries, wine has vineyards, we wanted to offer a full circle story that includes production. The production of our cocktails applies the craft ethos and strategies. This is unique to us
"Having a designated production facility and tasting room gives us the opportunity to properly tell our story," he added. "We are also focused on receiving feedback from our tasting room guests. We want to be integrated into the community and we value their feedback.
On tap will be eight cocktails in total, including four new offerings: Garden Social (a gin-based riff on iced tea), Raspberry Smash (vodka, and you can figure out the rest), Full Moon Party (inspired by the energy drinks that have fueled a million Thai beach bashes), and Strawberry Smash, (fresh fruit spiked with green and black pepper).
Rounding out the menu will be established Please! Beverage Co. favourites Mango Sticky Rice (vodka, coconut, rice, pandan), Green Tea Fizz (vodka, osmanthus flowers, lemon, mint), Rhubarb Fizz (gin, British rhubarb, botanicals), and Grapefruit Paloma (tequila, agave, grapefruit, and salt).
All on-tap cocktails will be small-batch. Unique to the Please! Beverage Tasting House (sorry bottled cocktail fans) will be a botanical spirits menu featuring vodka infused with strawberry, mango, pandan and coconut, raspberry, and more—all available with soda, neat, or on the rocks.
A Middle Eastern–inspired menu created in collaboration with Jamjar will offer dips and snacks.
"When thinking about a food offering, we started with our cocktails—fruity and fresh," Steen said. "What would be our best with these kinds of drinks? Not burgers, not pizza, not hotdogs…. We landed on Middle Eastern food. We reached out to Jamjar and they have been extremely responsive and supportive.”
Please! Beverage Co. entered the market last year, focussing on bottled cocktails made with fresh-squeezed juices, housemade tinctures, and seasonal herbs and botanicals.
Those bottled cocktails will be available for purchase at the new location, which is scheduled to open this June, operating 11 am to 11 pm seven days a week.