Neighbourhoods & Nightlife

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Vancouver has long been established as a gay-friendly destination - one where the LGBT community lives throughout the city. So where can visitors go to find the very best of Vancouver's gay culture?

Rainbow Crosswalk in Davie VillageDavie Village

Located in the heart of Vancouver’s West End neighbourhood (home to Western Canada’s largest gay population), Davie Village is where you’ll find vibrant pink bus shelters, lazy cafés, mouthwatering multicultural cuisine, oceanside strollers and sizzling nightclubs.

  • Soak up some sun at English Bay, Vancouver’s most popular urban beach. There’s plenty of space for lounging and people-watching – but be sure to show up early, as this hotspot fills up fast.
  • Check out Canada’s first permanent rainbow-coloured crosswalks at Davie & Bute Streets.
  • Whether you’re craving Japanese, Mexican, Malaysian or Franco-German cuisine, Davie Street’s smorgasbord of mid-priced, ethnic eateries is bound to satisfy.
  • No visit to Davie Village is complete without a stop at Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium, a fixture since 1983. Here, you’ll find an extensive selection of gay and lesbian literature, rainbow flags, underwear, club wear and naughtier items.


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Commercial DriveCommercial Drive

Commercial Drive - known locally as "The Drive" - is a popular neighbourhood for Vancouver's thriving lesbian community. This edgy and eclectic east side neighbourhood is packed with Italian coffee shops, independent bars and restaurants and vintage clothing boutiques.

  • Savour the perfect sip of espresso at one of the neighbourhood's many Italian coffee shops, including Abruzzo Cappuccino Bar and Caffé Calabria.
  • Sip on lip-smacking craft brews at popular locales like The Charlatan, Biercraft Tap and Tapas and St. Augustine's.
  • Shop for Italian pantry staples and market-fresh produce at stores like La Grotta del Formaggio, Donald's Market, Norman's Fruit & Salad, Santa Barbara Market and Fratelli Bakery.
  • Whether you're looking for the season's must-have footwear or eco-fashion frocks, don't miss shops like Riot Clothing, Barefoot Contessa and Spank Shoes.
  • Looking to meet and mingle with local lesbians? Check out popular hangouts like Cafe Deux Soleils, Havana, Libra Room, and Fets Bar and Grill.
  • Show your pride at the eleventh annual Vancouver Dyke March and Festival on August 2nd, 2014. Beginning at McSpadden Park, the march continues down Commercial Drive for a family-friendly music Festival.

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Gay-Friendly NightlifeNightlife

Vancouver is also home to a variety of gay and gay-friendly bars, pubs, cabarets and nightclubs. Whether you're looking for a candlelight dinner or a night on the town, Vancouver will satisfy all your cravings. For a comprehensive list of nightlife establishments, visit


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