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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  • Bars/Pubs

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

33 Acres Brewing Company

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

This bright tasting room attracts creatives and techies who work in this once industrial, now trendy neighborhood. A crowded layout of...

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...

Bacchus

  • 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 varying genres—from jazz to tribute bands—perform most nights. Even though the music is hit or miss, the drink specials...

Bar None

  • Dance Clubs

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

Biercraft

  • Bars/Pubs

With more than 50 Belgian, craft, and draft beers, the drinks menu here is a lengthy read, and there are wine and cocktails as well.

Biltmore Cabaret

  • Music Clubs

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

Brassneck Brewery

  • Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

Long, lean, and creatively wood-paneled, this is among a fresh crop of Main Street breweries leading the craft beer resurgence. The brewery...

Bridges

  • Bars/Pubs

This bright yellow landmark near the Granville Public Market has a cozy nautical-theme pub and the city's biggest marina-side deck. In...

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