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. 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

  • 2. Bridges

    Granville Island | 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 warm...Read More

  • 3. Dockside Restaurant

    Granville Island | Wine Bars

    Overlooking False Creek and Yaletown, the Dockside's patio is the big draw, especially for owners of chic yachts moored alongside. Because it...Read More

  • 4. Falconetti's East Side Grill

    East Side | Bars/Pubs

    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 the laid...Read More

  • 5. Kits Beach Boathouse

    Kitsilano | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 6. Local Public Eatery

    Kitsilano | Bars/Pubs

    It won't win awards for service, but this large, sports-inclined bar has its gimmick: an enviable proximity to Kits Beach. The spacious but...Read More

  • 7. Tap Shack

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    This waterfront pub and restaurant has one of the best views of Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains from its expansive patio. ...Read More

  • 8. The Sandbar

    Granville Island | Piano Bars

    With a seafood restaurant, a wine bar, and live music nightly (piano Sunday to Thursday; rotating acts Friday and Saturday) in the Teredo Lounge...Read More

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