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Clough Club

En Bloc Hotels™ | Canada | Vancouver | Food + Drink

The concept, design, and craft of Gastown’s Clough Club is the personification of a modern day cocktail bar mindful of its city’s own prohibition days. Step through a vividly lit corridor and into the cozy space for artisan cocktails, beer, and wine. Pair the bitters, agaves, and spirits with a tapas-inspired menu of eats such as “chargrilled Vietnamese shortribs” and “Poutine Lyonaise.” Clough Club’s program is upping the Vancouver cocktail scene via top shelf libations combined w/ creativity and tradition behind the bar. Not sure what night to attend? Well for starters get yourself to Vancouver, then check out Clough’s weekly event line up. We’re particularly excited about Conscious Hip Hop nights every Wednesday from 5pm – 1am.
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Chambar

En Bloc Hotels™ | Canada | Vancouver | Food + Drink

Belgian-style brewing is an institution of its own, warranting a venue in Vancouver dedicated to showcasing it on its own, Chambar. The impressive curation of Trappistes to Lambics and a color palette of ales is accompanied by French/North African cuisine (and waffles, of course). Morocco’s Ourika Valley meets one of Belgium’s six remaining Trappiste monasteries with Lamb Tajine and Rochefort 10 encompassed by the locale’s exposed brick walls. We have to commend owners Nico + Karri Schuermans for more than a decade of quality food + drink – all achieved with eco-friendly practices. Chambar’s award-winning kitchen also features the in-house sommelier Jason Yamasaki, guiding you through an extensive wine list sourced from Vancouver’s own back yard through Napa and Rioja. Things get better this summer with Chambar moving into their new space which will include a year-round patio, private dining, late night menu, and a weekend Brunch.
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Corazón de Tierra

En Bloc Hotels™ | Mexico | Valle De Guadalupe | Food + Drink

Two things make Corazón de Tierra’s Chef Diego Hernández stand out in today’s culinary landscape: A passion for the ingredients his organic garden yields and the vision with which he employs them. After harvesting the day’s ingredients, Hernández conjures up a unique nine-course menu inspired by traditional Baja fare; One that has made his open kitchen and ever-evolving cuisine the 30th best in Latin America. Hernández’ craft and perspective on dining experience has created some significant buzz and attracted attention from folks like Anthony Bourdain and Travel + Leisure. Perched on stilts above the garden within the grounds of La Villa del Valle, this indoor/outdoor restaurant is admittedly off the beaten path to say the least, but don’t let a dirt road cutting through the valley’s vineyards keep you from experiencing this place. The drive is just 90 minutes from San Diego, CA which means this is a quick SoCal getaway. Open daily 13:30 – 20:30, reservations recommended. Make sure to inform Chef Diego Hernández that we sent you… Read More


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El Mercado Urbano

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Francisco | Food + Drink

La Urbana’s adjacent garage space brings us nostalgic flashbacks of Tijuana house parties (yes, this is a good thing). While the adults sit inside enjoying prime cuts and top-shelf agave, we say post up in “El Garage” with a Modelo, spicy peanuts, and loud games of domino on card tables. Grab an iced beer, drop five bucks in the bucket, and enjoy a Mexican taco stand vibe that’s damn near impossible to replicate beyond the republic’s 31 states. Located in the Western Addition, we dig El Mercado for some mezcal and tacos before a night along Divisadero or brunch during the Sunday farmers market.
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Modern Times Flavordome

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Diego | United States | Food + Drink

If there is any doubt surrounding San Diego’s matured homebrewing culture, simply trace the trajectory of Modern Times Beer. What started in 2012 as one beer geek’s vision and collaboration with all the right people has now become one of the country’s most respected brewing operations. A monthly 22oz release, diverse collection of flagship beers, and even a coffee roasting endeavor keep these folks busy at their two tasting rooms and throughout the west coast. Right along North Park’s 30th Street corridor, the Modern Times tasting room delivers a steady flow of their signature Lomaland Saison alongside rotating seasonal releases. Enough to require more than a dozen taps on any given day. Catch a sunny beer on their patio or gather at one of the communal tables under a lamp shade-studded ceiling. Read More


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Común Kitchen + Tavern

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Diego | United States | Food + Drink

We first learned about Chef Chad White through a whimsical video we still get a kick out of. When we were formally introduced by Art Pusher at his Tijuana outpost La Justina, we knew we needed more of his craft in our diets. Bringing Baja-inspired creativity to San Diego’s East Village is Chef White’s Común Kitchen + Tavern. EBH recently visited the open space, which features Built Around Me chair + lighting designs and three Gloria Muriel art installations, to comfortably snack and chat it up with Chef. Much like its author, the menu at Comun is inventive, conscious and accessible. We love how acai bowls interact with hibiscus tostadas and “elote” in a cup, not to mention an impressive cocktail program and self-pour craft beer station. Buen provecho! Read More


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Outerlands

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Francisco | United States | Food + Drink

With a day’s worth of meals on the menu, cafe hours and a full bar, Outerlands has long been an anchor to the Outer Sunset. Drift wood, tile and natural light create a NorCal coastal ambiance to accompany your eggs-in-jail breakfast, grilled cheese lunch, and duck leg dinner. Sustainably sourced ingredients make the New American menus stand out, from the clam stew down to the brussel sprouts and pastrami sandwich. The bar features Four Barrel coffee via espresso and Chemex, craft beer on draft, a cocktail program that incorporates artisanal spirits, and an ample wine list. Sheltered yet spacious, the dining room’s design boasts a bright, airy space with elbow room that’s warmly encapsulated by reclaimed wood-lined ceilings and walls. Layers are the secret to weekend brunch on the sidewalk patio.
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The Sycamore

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Francisco | Food + Drink

Inconspicuously tucked near Clarion Alley on Mission Street is one of our favorite watering holes, The Sycamore. This local hangout beckons those in search of rotating beer taps, hilarious quiz nights, and a “hair of the dog” brunch. The bar packs plenty of character into a small space and a back patio covered in street art, perfect for ducking out of sight for some sunny beers. Pick a bench and try their mix n’ match sliders and sandwiches throughout the day. Brunch means chicken & waffles stuffed with prosciutto and manchego + bottomless mimosas. They have eggs, too. So, at any time of day, stop by and pick a board game off the shelf, because this Beer Week favorite has something for all.
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Woodsman Tavern

En Bloc Hotels™ | Portland | United States | Food + Drink

The state of Oregon has deep outdoor roots. Its timber and fishery industries are synonymous with the Beaver State. Leave it to talented Duane Sorenson, founder of Portland’s very own Stumptown Coffee Roasters, to devise a welcoming gathering space that pays tribute to everything that makes the Pacific Northwest best. Home of good food, drink, and company, the tavern combines old school PNW vibes with big-city restaurant ambiance. Elements such as bucolic art on the walls, a charcoal fired Josper oven, and quality ingredients sourced locally set Woodsman Tavern apart. Start off with the American Ham plate deliciously paired with buttermilk biscuits, pickled collards, and sweet butter. Move onto the Whole Grilled Trout with sundried tomatoes and crazy water (lightly herbed broth) with a crisp west coast brew. The tavern showcases a stunning variety of local beers on tap (14 rotating), timeless craft cocktails (try the Gold Rush), and a comprehensive selection of wines. Stop by for dinner 7 days a week or weekend brunch served on Saturdays + Sundays. Read More


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Doug Fir Lounge

En Bloc Hotels™ | Portland | Food + Drink, Theatre + Entertainment

Perhaps one of the most diverse establishments we’ve come across, Doug Fir Lounge offers everything from breakfast to a live music room, all within the confines of the Lower Burnside’s Jupiter Hotel. With quintessential Oregon aesthetics and feel, the timber-clad space combines modern touches with an experience worthy of Special Agent Dale Cooper’s “damn good” approval. Start your day with Dungeness Crab Benedict and bottomless Sisters Coffee, a hearty Candied Bacon Burger during happy hour, or choose from an extensive dinner menu served late. Besides the obligatory selection of choice beer + wine, Doug Fir Lounge’s cocktail program takes the local route and solely employs “Oregon’s Best Booze” from distilleries such as New Deal and Clear Creek. Add a venue that has showcased the likes of Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside to Cake, and Alabama Shakes to make this one of our favorite spots in the Pacific Northwest. Read More


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The Casbah

En Bloc Hotels™ | San Diego | United States | Theatre + Entertainment

From Tom Tom Club and Nirvana to Postal Service, Crystal Castles and every brilliant up-and-comer, this bar venue has a stage with more stories than any other in town. The Casbah first opened in 1989, hosting bands in a room with a 72 person max capacity, then moved to its current home down the street in Little Italy for a bit more space. The venue is a popular stopover for musicians of all genres and tour van sizes. Even if you don’t recognize the name on the bill, the evening’s set is sure strike a chord. The place is also great for a night of dancing, a game of pinball, and a music chat with locals out for a drink. Read More