Are you interested in the symphony or the latest band touring the city? Or maybe a night out dancing is more up your alley? Vancouver’s entertainment district offers all of the above and more. Regardless of your entertainment choice, we suggest you end your evening on the strip with some poutine. Here are a few things to keep you busy all weekend long.
The Commodore Ballroom
One of Vancouver’s oldest and most loved live venues, the commodore offers a range of performances and shows. See their upcoming shows here.
Comedy, music, or a Pecha Kucha speaker series, the Vogue is a classic. Built by the Odeon chain in 1941, the theater was unusual in its ability to accommodate both movies and live shows. The crisp geometric lines of the façade contrast effectively with the fluid interior.
The Orpheum is a designated National Heritage Site built in 1927 and refurbished in 2009. Here you’ll find the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presenting world-class performances of classical and popular music under the direction of conductor Bramwell Tovey.
If you’re strolling along earlier in the day, check out 8th and Main, a Vancouver-based boutique for affordable and trendy clothing. At the end of the entertainment area is where the shopping begins, marked by Nordstrom, Old Navy, and Best Buy.
It’s a safe bet that every Vancouverite has had a night to remember (or in some cases, a night they can’t remember) at the Roxy. Attention visiting hockey fans, this bar is frequented regularly by NHL hockey teams after games.
The crowds start to form around 11PM in the evening. If you’re there before then, you’ll be the rush onto the dance floor. Caprice, Venue, Republic, and more are all located on Granville Strip so club hopping is possible, regardless of the height of your heels.
The Fish Shack
Grab your crackers. At the Fish Shack you’ll find fresh seafood in a casual and fun atmosphere. Tie up your bib and get your hands dirty as you dig into their classic seafood feasts.
Poutine, Pizza, or Tsui Hangs
There is nothing more satisfying than a salty snack after a late night. Poutine is the staple and not-to-miss indulgence if you’ve never been blessed enough to have a combination of melted cheese curds, gravy, and french fries. You won’t have to search for long once you’ve stumbled onto the strip. Alternatively, pizza joints are a dime a dozen, and you can always find a hot dog cart. Now, if you’re trying to keep the night going after the clubs have died down, head to Tsui Hangs at Granville and Davie. You’ll find the crowds all enjoying their “cold tea."