Vancouver Nightlife

Vancouver might be best-known for its outdoors activities but this hip, young, innovative city delivers plenty of entertainment once the sun goes down.

Gone are the days of prohibition-era liquor laws (well, most, anyway) and the general loosening of regulations has helped liven up the city after dark. When you add in a surge of modern craft breweries, wine bars implementing the latest technology,

a lively mix of festivals throughout the year, and the inspiration of a fantastic wine region nearby (the Okanagan),Vancouver's nightlife scene looks as fit as any seawall runner.

In nice weather, Vancouver is all about the patios—preferably waterfront. Otherwise, the younger set migrates to dance clubs while more laid-back types gather in friendly pubs (perhaps to watch the hockey game), live music venues hosting up-and-coming stars, and splashy cocktail bars where savvy mixologists cultivate city-wide followings.

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Uva Wine Bar

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

At street level in the century-old Moda Hotel, Uva puts a modern spin on the Italian wine bar concept, with bold decor and sleek furnishings...

Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • Comedy Clubs

A hilarious improv troupe performs Wednesday to Saturday before an enthusiastic crowd at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. The rookie...

Vogue Theatre

  • Music Clubs

A former art-deco movie palace, the Vogue hosts a variety of concerts by local and visiting performers. ...

Whip Restaurant Gallery

  • Bars/Pubs

It's a bit out of the way, but this lofty space with Douglas fir–beamed ceilings and exposed brick attracts a hip, beer-drinking Main...

Wine Room

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

The Wine Room is devoted to nurturing the inner oenophile in all of us by offering wines usually only available by the bottle—this...

Xi Shi Lounge

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

In the Shangri-La Hotel, the Xi Shi Lounge has Asian-inspired cocktails served by waitresses in dresses reminiscent of 1920s Shanghai.

Yaletown Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

In a renovated warehouse with a glassed-in brewery turning out several tasty beers, this always-crowded gastropub and patio has a lively...

Yew

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

The high-ceilinged bar at the Four Seasons is a diverse environment of glass, wood, and granite, reflecting British Columbia's stunning...

Yuk Yuk's

  • Comedy Clubs

This is the place to go Wednesday to Saturday evenings for some of Canada's best professional stand-up comedians and up-and-coming amateurs.

​Johnnie Foxs Irish Snug

  • Bars/Pubs

This wee sliver of a pub pulls pints of Guinness and other Emerald Isle beers. It's a cozy nook, where expats find a home-away-from-home...

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