Vancouver's Big Night Out

Vancouver is home to some of Western Canada’s hottest clubs and live music venues. For listings, pick up a copy of the free Georgia Straight city weekly, visit or just head straight to these recommended nightlife neighbourhoods.

Granville Street Entertainment District

In B.C.’s long-established nightlife capital, expect crowds of revellers, lots of twinkling neon and plenty of mainstream clubs and bars. Check out Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant (; Ginger Sixty Two (; the Roxy (; and Republic ( The Granville Strip is also home to two of the city’s beloved live music venues, the indie-inspired Commodore Ballroom ( and the blues-loving Yale (


Luring a heady mix of hipsters and bar-hoppers to its historic brick-paved streets, the nightlife hotspots in Gastown include Post Modern Dance Bar ( for a pumping nightclub vibe; the Lamplighter ( for live music and late-night dance floor shenanigans; and the Blarney Stone ( for a live Irish band party vibe. This is also one of the city’s leading pub districts, with boozy favourites like Irish Heather ( and Steamworks (


Colonizing the historic loft buildings and refurbished rail warehouses of Vancouver’s “little soho” area, Yaletown is a sophisticated nightlife option, with club hotspots like Bar None (; the swanky bar of the Opus Hotel (; and the intimate Afterglow bar ( Also check out the beautiful people at George Lounge ( or join the microbrew beer crowd at the ever-popular Yaletown Brewing Company (

Main Street

There are two key scenes on this major East Vancouver thoroughfare: the welcoming, hipster-loving neighbourhood bars in Mount Pleasant and the newly emerging cool scene in and around the Chinatown end of Main, where hotspots include the beer-tastic London Pub (, cocktail-hugging Keefer Bar ( Consider a story comparing each of these distinctive nightlife areas.

Live music is a Vancouver passion. Along with revered venues like the Commodore Ballroom, there are some great off-the-beaten path venues to catch a show. Consider the rock and indie scene at the Media Club ( or the Malkin Bowl ( – this tree-shadowed outdoor auditorium in Stanley Park offers several live shows throughout the summer, with recent performers ranging from Elvis Costello to Blue Rodeo.

Ten Sporting Chances

For a casual night out and a chance to rub shoulders with the city’s hockey, football or soccer fans, head to these favourite bars to catch a live game on the TV screens.