(photo: micro’s tantalizing Caesar cocktail)

As the scent of hot Ponderosa pines and drama of summer softens, we’re raring for a safe haven and return to simple grace. Are you ready for cocktails at micro.bar.bites? It doesn’t have to be “five o’clock somewhere” because the doors open at three. Here the hashtag has always been #creativelysimple and whether we are talking about the tapas or the cocktail menu the result is big on flavour. Take the Vodka Pink – ‘a micro original’ featuring freshly pressed grapefruit that’ll slake any thirst. That’s just one of the tantalizing thirst quenchers making sure that fruit press always gets a work out. If you’re a “See one, gotta have one” kind of person, try micro’s Caesar with Chalula Hot Sauce and pickled pepper to taste why it’s all the rage. In addition to the fabulous cocktail list, there’s still eight beers on tap, and an eclectic selection of wines and bottled beer from around the world.

Feeling peckish? The tapas menu changes monthly and a few surprises often find their way on to the roster based on what’s been freshly delivered to the kitchen. Don’t worry though. You can always count on some of Monika’s Artisan Loaf from Okanagan Grocery served with some delicious spread and Vantera Olive Oil. There’s always a mix of warm olives, a selection of cheeses, a charcuterie board, the big hit Popcorn with warm duck fat and Maldon sea salt, and those addictive Pommes Frites (Bet you can’t eat just one!). Taming those hunger pangs is even more affordable from 3 to 5 pm, daily, when micro offers five menu items for $5 each plus $2 off pints of beer. It’s easy to relax at micro with its warm rustic tones. You’ll find no fancy stemware as the European flavour extends to the simple tumblers in which your drinks are served.

~ Roslyne Buchanan