Dreaming of a White Christmas? Or maybe you’d prefer a Kringle Crantini instead? Either way you’ll find a glass of the season spirit all month long at West Kelowna’s Urban Distilleries and Winery. Conveniently located on Highway 97, this multi-award-winning distillery is putting a festive twist on the celebrated small batch spirits that they’ve been crafting here for ten years.
Open year-round and well into the evening on most nights, guests are welcome to stop by the tasting bar for complimentary single tastings or $10 flights. Feel free to strike up a chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff about the distilling process or just browse the shop for last minute gift ideas such as one of their cocktail kits, which include virtually all the ingredients (and recipe cards) necessary for you to recreate one of their original festive cocktails at home.
Sit and Enjoy
But to really soak in the festive cheer, make your way over to Shakers Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant, a stylistically modern and newly renovated lounge inside the distillery where guests can enjoy handcrafted cocktails and delicious food. There’s always something going on here to help you warm up from the winter winds outside; be it live jazz and blues every Wednesday and open mic night on Tuesdays, NFL game days on Thursdays and Sundays, or their always popular eggs benny brunch held every Sunday. Hop online for more information on events and information on reservations for private events and office parties (www.urban-distilleries.com).
The tasting bar is open every day of the week; noon to 9 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays, and noon to 6 pm on Mondays.
Shakers Cocktail Lounge and Restaurant is open from 4 pm to 9 pm Tuesdays to Thursdays, Noon to 9 pm on Fridays to Saturdays, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sundays.