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...

Alibi Room

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


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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.


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

Cascade Room

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Named after the signature beer the Vancouver Brewery once produced on this very spot, the Cascade Room is a usually busy Main Street...

Chill Winston

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Decked out with black-leather sofas, exposed brick, warm lighting, and a view of Gastown's lively Maple Tree Square, this restaurant...

Falconetti's East Side Grill

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The second-floor patio at Falconetti's has the best neighborhood views, and it's where a diverse crowd of locals-in-the-know take in...

Fountainhead Pub

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With one of the largest street-side patios on Davie Street, you can do as the locals do here: sit back, down a few beers, and watch the...

Hawksworth Bar and Lounge

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You'll find quality cocktails blended with house-made bitters, fresh herbs, and other local ingredients at this Vancouver hotspot, which,...

Kits Beach Boathouse

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A summer visit to Vancouver isn't complete without an afternoon enjoying cocktails on this rooftop patio overlooking sand-court volleyball...


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