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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This place is all about sleek interior design—plush sofas, glass coffee tables, wood-paneled ceiling—and standard cocktails (think...


  • Piano Bars/Lounges

The backroom of the Glowbal Grill restaurant, the AFTERglow lounge is a great place to sink into a comfy sofa with a colorful martini.

Abigail's Party

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

Curated wine and cheese menus change weekly at this friendly establishment. There are also inventive cocktails like the Abigail's Boulevardier...

Alibi Room

  • Bars/Pubs

If beer is your thing, head to Alibi, which specializes in pairing beer with your meal. Kegs of microbrews from around BC and beyond...


  • Dance Clubs

A fixture of the city's nightlife scene for as long as most people can remember, this dimly lit space pleases a diverse crowd of clubbers.


  • Piano Bars/Lounges

Always an elegant choice, the lounge at Bacchus, in the Wedgewood Hotel, is a gathering place for Vancouver's movers and shakers. There's...

Backstage Lounge

  • Music Clubs

Local bands of unpredictable talent perform most nights. Even though the music is hit or miss, the drink specials are cheap and reliable.

Bar None

  • Dance Clubs

Once you hit Bar None you never really have to leave Yaletown. This long-time favorite is the place to get your groove on after dinner...


  • Bars/Pubs

With more than 100 Belgian, craft, and draft beers, the drinks menu here verges on a novel, and there are wine and cocktails as well.

Biltmore Cabaret

  • Music Clubs

A favorite hangout for live music, the Biltmore Cabaret hosts a mix of local bands, international performers, and burlesque. There's...


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