With the stunning mountain backdrop and the outdoors on your
doorstep, the nightlife in Vancouver is second to none. With plenty
of pubs, clubs, lounges, and everything else in between, there is
no shortage of entertainment when the sun sets on this vibrant
city. Until recently, city regulations forced bars and pubs to
masquerade as restaurants, so you''ll find many watering holes with
Vancouver''s British heritage plays a part in it being a pub
paradise, the heart of which is downtown, with countless pubs and
bars tucked away and nestled in between shops, businesses and
bistros. Chamber and Chill Winston are names to remember in
Gastown''s cobblestone streets, which are reminiscent of Amsterdam
and bring tourists flocking here to imbibe and socialise.
Most of Vancouver''s clubs and discos can be found downtown
around Granville Street and Water and Pender streets in Gastown.
The Roxy in Granville is a must and is one of Vancouver''s top
nightlife spots. Another busy entertainment district is Kitsilano
with the Cellar Restaurant and Jazz Club, while a third is the
up-and-coming nightlife district of Yaletown, which is a more
upscale bar and lounge zone with options like the Opus Bar and
Yaletown Brewing Company.
The Orpheum Theatre, the Queen Elizabeth Complex, and the
Vancouver East Cultural Centre are the top venues for the
performing arts in Vancouver. You can see the Vancouver Symphony
Orchestra, touring theatre and ballet companies, as well as
high-profile music concerts. For a less formal experience, check
out the Bard on the Beach in Vanier Park during the summer
Vancouver also hosts several large festivals, including the
Vancouver Fringe Festival, centred on Granville Island every
September; the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Vancouver
Jazz Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival.
Check out the weekly
or the Thursday edition of the
for nightlife and entertainment listings while
you''re in town.