Night owls, rejoice! Vancouver is one of the coolest cities in Canada when it comes to nightlife, boasting a huge selection of bars and clubs. If you’re looking to spend your nights in one main area, we’d recommend the Granville Entertainment District, but don’t forget you’ll also find plenty of great bars in Vancouver neighbourhoods like Gastown, Mount Pleasant, The Drive, Yaletown and Davie Village.
Chances are you’ll find yourself in the Granville Entertainment District on at least one of your nights out in Vancouver. Centred on a section of Granville Street in the downtown area, it is filled with a plethora of bars and clubs. In fact, the area is so popular with revellers that the streets are closed to car traffic on busy weekend nights, which is great if you’re trying to navigate your way to the next bar after having one too many at the last place. A couple of the most popular spots in the area are The Roxy and The Commodore, which are both nightclubs and live music venues.
Vancouver’s LGBTQ scene is primarily focused around the Davie Village neighbourhood, located in the West End, while The Drive is also very popular with the city’s lesbian community. Some gay-friendly nightspots to check out include Celebrities (1022 Davie Street), The Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie Street) and Lick Club (455 Abbott Street, Downtown Vancouver).
If you are planning to head out for a few drinks, keep in mind that it’s generally a pretty good idea to have some ID with you. The legal drinking age here is 19.
For those of you who prefer blockbusters to bars, keep in mind that there are a number of excellent cinemas located throughout the city.
92 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver, Canada
Attractive drinks specials covering beer, cocktails and double highballs along with a great programme of weekly entertainment bring in a mixed crowd to this Gastown establishment. Hockey and football games are shown on the big screen, there’s a live reggae band on Thursday nights and at weekends the house DJ provides the tunes.
Open Mon-Thurs 11am-2am, Fri 11am-3am, Sat 10am-3am, Sun 10am-2am.
932 Granville Street, Vancouver, Canada
As one of the few clubs which opens late on Sundays and with no admission fee, the Roxy is also one of the most popular live music venues in the city. With local bands playing anything from hits of the seventies and eighties to current chart dance music, this is one venue you should definitely consider during your stay.
300 Cambie Street, Vancouver, Canada
The first thing that’ll hit you when you walk in the door at the Cambie is a wave of noise made up of loud music, sports on the TV and all the chattering punters. The second thing you’ll notice is that lots of these punters are enjoying big pitchers of beer while sitting at picnic tables. Plenty of drinks specials are offered throughout the week and a live DJ plays the music on Thursday which is student night.
Open Sun-Thus 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada
A unique opportunity to catch a live musical in the open air. Theatre Under the Stars is an open-air theatre situated in a lush green park in the middle of the city and is an excellent place to spend an evening while you’re in Vancouver.
1400 Robson Street, Vancouver, Canada
Located on the forty-second floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel, this is one for the cosmopolitan travellers among you. A sleek rotating hotel lounge with excellent views of the city, the surprising thing is that the drinks here are no more expensive than anywhere else in Vancouver.
Plaza of Nations, 750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, Canada
With nightly shows from Wednesday to Saturday, Yuk Yuk’s plays host to a constantly changing lineup of top US and Canadian stand-up comedians. A good alternative for those of you whose energy reserves are starting to run out.
1608 Commercial Drive, Grandview-Woodlands, Vancouver, Canada
Seeing a good mix of ages, this is a popular spot even among the bar-filled area that is The Drive. This might be because of the top-notch live music you’ll hear at the Libra Room, with two different bands taking to the stage each and every night. The drinks menu is pretty enticing too and includes everything from martinis to beer.
Open Sun-Thurs 11am-1am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am.
Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
Centred on a stretch of Granville Street in the downtown area, the Granville Entertainment District is filled with a great selection of bars and clubs. If you’re in town on a busy weekend night you’ll see that this area is so popular with revellers that they block off the street to traffic, so if you’ve had a few too many you won’t have to worry when wandering from one bar to the next. Some of the standouts in this area include The Roxy and The Commodore, both of which operate as nightclubs and live music venues.
Various, Vancouver, Canada
Vancouver is home to a large LGBTQ community and the scene is primarily focused around Davie Village, a neighbourhood in the city’s West End. The Drive on the east side of the city is also very popular with Vancouver’s lesbian community. Some of the most popular gay-friendly nightspots in the city are Celebrities (1022 Davie Street), The Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie Street) and Lick Club (455 Abbott Street, Downtown Vancouver).
162 Water Street, Gastown, Vancouver, Canada
A turn of the century themed bar and restaurant, the Pourhouse is a little bit different with its abundant candlelight and huge selection of speciality drinks. Amongst the wide variety of cocktails on offer you’ll find around 6 or 7 different variations on the classic Manhattan. Other drinks served up here include beers on tap, quality craft beers, whiskeys, bourbons and more.
Open Mon-Fri 11.30am-1am, Sat 5pm-1am, Sun 5pm-midnight.