Vancouver

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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  • 1. Long Table Distillery

    Downtown | Wine Bars

    A 14-foot communal table crafted from a redwood plank is the heart of this tasting room and distillery, which produces small-batch gins, vodka...Read More

  • 2. Pourhouse Vancouver

    Gastown | Bars/Pubs

    The brick-and-beam 1910 architecture, antiques, and a 38-foot bar are in keeping with the menu of classic cocktails. Most are inspired by the...Read More

  • 3. Richmond Night Market

    Gathering Places

    About 80 food vendors, carnival rides, and a children's amusement area are among the attractions at this night market (open Friday to Sunday...Read More

  • 4. Tap & Barrel

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    The 360-degree views from this convention center patio take in Stanley Park, the seaplane terminal, and the North Shore Mountains. You can sit...Read More

  • 5. The Diamond

    Gastown | Tapas Bars

    At the top of a narrow staircase above Maple Tree Square, the Diamond occupies the second floor of one of the city's oldest buildings. A cool...Read More

  • 6. The Keefer Bar

    Chinatown | Bars/Pubs

    The Keefer Bar has fully capitalized on its Chinatown connection, using ingredients sourced from local herbalists (magnolia bark anyone?)—ginseng...Read More

  • 7. The Portside Pub

    Gastown | Bars/Pubs

    Nautical kitsch and a friendly maritimer bent woo many a land lover to the Portside Pub. Live bands, weekend DJs, and whiskey on tap handily...Read More

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