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Nightlife

Long gone are the days when Vancouver was teased as a "no-fun city" for its lackluster nightlife. Older neighbourhoods are now bustling with new energy and trendy new districts keep the party going long into the night.  Here's a quick neighbourhood guide: 

  • Mingle with the Beautiful People in Yaletown

This former downtown warehouse district is now the epicenter of the city's most sophisticated nightlife scene. Trendy bars and exclusive clubs cater to a well-dressed clientele out to see and be seen.
If you go: Consider starting your evening at Yaletown Brewing: Vancouver's original brewpub has a sports bar vibe and heats up after dark. Then head a few blocks down for a nightcap at Society Dining Lounge, a sultry bar with pumping house music and creative cocktails.

Think of Granville Street as Vancouver's equivalent of the Vegas Strip: a neon-lit drag packed with people, energy and plenty of bars and clubs that stay open until the wee hours.
If you go:  Stop by Doolin's for a pint or two in one of Vancouver's oldest Irish pubs.  Afterwards, catch a live show at the historic Commodore Ballroom, which has hosted acts ranging from the Talking Heads to Snoop Dog over the years.

Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown has been reborn in recent years as a home for edgy and adventurous new bars. After dark, its cobblestone streets and Victorian buildings fill with revelers in search of atmospheric venues, progressive menus and inventive cocktails.
If you go: Grab a bite to eat at Salt Tasting Room, a minimalist space specializing in plates of cured meats and cheeses paired with an exceptional wine list. Then make your way along Gastown's historic streets to the Irish Heather, where you can sample from an extensive selection of rare and imported whiskies.

This former hippie hangout on the western edge of the city has matured into an upscale neighbourhood of ethnic restaurants, boutiques and funky bars and cafes.
If you go: For a taste of Kitsilano's counterculture roots, stop by Local, a pub across Kitsilano Beach with a selection of beer. Or check out a local favourite, the Celtic-themed Wolf & Hound, for a pint and some homemade pub food.

Locally known as Davie Village, this gay-friendly neighbourhood has a "come-as-you-are" vibe and diverse selection of bars whose appeal transcends the LGBT community. Offerings range from intimate, candle-lit venues to hot and sweaty clubs and ultra-stylish lounges.
If you go: Begin your night with a glass of wine on the deck of The Boathouse, which offers gorgeous views of Vancouver's English Bay.  Afterwards, dance the night away at Celebrities nightclub, which holds themed parties aimed at a gay and mixed audience throughout the week.

  • Further Afield
The fun doesn't stop at Vancouver's city limits. Across the water in North Vancouver, bars are clustered around the Park Royal Mall and along Lonsdale Avenue. Check out Ocean Club in Park Royal for drinks and dancing in a classy, urban setting. Meanwhile, the suburb of Richmond is home to an eclectic selection of bars and pubs, as well as the can't-miss River Rock Casino Resort, whose theatre has hosted everyone from Bill Cosby to Michael Bolton.

 

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Music on Main and the PuSh Festival present Gabriel Dharmoo’s "Anthropologies Imaginaires"

  • February 01 - February 02
  • The Fox Cabaret
  • 2321 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
  • Admission: $39/$15
  • Contact: Music on Main
  • Phone: 604-879-9888
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Music on Main and the PuSh Festival present Roomful of Teeth

  • January 25 - January 26
  • The Fox Cabaret
  • 2321 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
  • Admission: $39.00/$15.00
  • Contact: Music on Main
  • Phone: 604-879-9888
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Music on Main presents A Month of Tuesdays: Carla Huhtanen & friends

  • May 31 - May 31
  • The Fox Cabaret
  • 2321 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
  • Admission: $29/$15
  • Contact: Music on Main
  • Phone: 604-879-9888
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Music on Main presents Aeolus Quartet

  • March 01 - March 01
  • The Fox Cabaret
  • 2321 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
  • Admission: $29/$15
  • Contact: Music on Main
  • Phone: 604-879-9888
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Music on Main presents Many Visions: Plumes Ensemble deconstructs the music of Grimes

  • March 22 - March 22
  • The Fox Cabaret
  • 2321 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
  • Admission: $29/$15
  • Contact: Music on Main
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Summer Salsa Cruise Series 2015

  • June 27 - September 12
  • Aboard MV Britannia
  • 501 Denman Street ( at W Georgia St)
    Vancouver, BC V6G 2W9
  • Admission: $28.00 in advance, $33.00 at the door
  • Contact: Angelita
  • Phone: 604-312-6772
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Bard on the Beach Presents Love's Labour's Lost

  • June 19 - September 20
  • Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival - Vanier Park
  • 1695 Whyte Avenue
    Vancouver, BC V6J 5C3
  • Admission: Various Prices
  • Phone: 604-739-0559
  • Venue: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival
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Goose Island Beer Co. Celebration of Beer at The Blackbird Public House

  • September 02 - September 02
  • The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar
  • 905 Dunsmuir St
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2G2
  • Contact: Katelyn Hack
  • Venue: The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar
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Shipyards Night Market

  • May 01 - September 25
  • Shipbuilders' Square
  • 15 Wallace Mews
    North Vancouver, BC
  • Admission: Free!
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the Comedy MIX presents Brian Scolaro

  • September 17 - September 19
  • the Comedy MIX
  • Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y5
  • Phone: 604-684-5050
  • Venue: Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
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the Comedy MIX presents Graham Clark

  • September 10 - September 12
  • the Comedy MIX
  • Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y5
  • Phone: 604-684-5050
  • Venue: Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
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the Comedy MIX presents Kevin Foxx

  • September 03 - September 05
  • the Comedy MIX
  • Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St
    Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y5
  • Phone: 604-684-5050
  • Venue: Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
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Vancouver Halloween Parade

  • October 18 - October 18
  • Downtown Vancouver - Howe Street/Smithe Street/Granville Street
  • Admission: Free
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Karaoke is Back at The Metropole Community Pub

  • October 08
  • The Metropole Community Pub
  • 320 Abbott Street
    Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9
  • Admission: FREE
  • Phone: 604-408-5822
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