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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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...

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...

Commodore Ballroom

  • Music Clubs

This 1929 dance hall has been restored to its art deco glory, complete with massive dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system. Indie...

Guilt & Co.

  • Music Clubs

The menu at this Gastown favorite features lagers, pale ales, pilsners, stouts, and ciders, and then there's what's on tap, a wine list,...

Vogue Theatre

  • Music Clubs

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

Cellar Jazz

  • Music Clubs

This is the city's top venue for jazz, and the calendar features a who's who of the Canadian music scene. Think New York's Village Vanguard...

O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar

  • Music Clubs

Open morning to night, this mahogany-paneled bistro and bar draws a mixed crowd of chic tourists and locals intent on hearing some of...

Railway Club

  • Music Clubs

In the early evening, this spot attracts film and media types to its pub-style rooms; after 8 or so it becomes a venue for local bands.

The Yale

  • Music Clubs

Live bands perform most nights at Vancouver's most established rhythm-and-blues bar. ...


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