Hip-hop's power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z announced their On the Run II tour, a reprise of their sold-out tour in 2014, and are hitting 15 European and 21 North American cities this summer and fall. The best part? The tour's grand finale will be in Vancouver's BC Place on October 2nd, and is the duo's only Canadian stop.
BC Place is Canada's largest multi-purpose exhibition, entertainment and sports facility with exhibit space with seating for 60,000 people. The renowned venue has seen the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, the Pope, and was the venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games. The perfect venue to close out the tour with a bang!
While we wait (impatiently) for October to arrive, here are some False Creek and Yaletown neighbourhood spots to add to your pre- and post-concert day itinerary:
Yaletown and False Creek are great for a celebratory seafood dinner, a relaxed bistro meal, or a family-friendly feast; there are lots of dining options making it easy to stroll the area first before choosing a restaurant, all within minutes of the concert venue.
BC Place | 777 Pacific Boulevard
Not only is the concert venue the home of the BC Lions and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, but BC's largest stadium also has a host of restaurants to tuck into pre-show including The Thirsty Pigeon, Beast on Fire, Vij's, and Oak & Vine Wine Bar.
Chambar | 568 Beatty St
Described as Belgian themed with a North African influence, Chambar is a delicious choice for when you're looking for fine dining without the formalities. Open late, this award-winning restaurant is also a delicious post-concert choice.
Fayuca | 1009 Hamilton Street
Treat your tastebuds at this Mexican joint, great for lunch, dinner, or late night. Tuck into local seafood, grilled cactus with halloumi and salsa verde, and much more.
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar | 1095 Hamilton Street
One of the city's best spots for seafood, Blue Water is known for innovative and brilliantly executed West Coast plates that showcase the freshest and most sustainable local fish and shellfish.
There are plenty of hotels near B.C. Place that offer picturesque views of the city's surrounding ocean, rainforest, and mountains, and is only a stone’s throw away from downtown’s restaurants, neighbourhoods, and attractions.
Just right across the street from BC Place, JW Marriot's Parq and DOUGLAS hotels are perfect for getting some shut-eye after dancing the night away. The hotels feature two floors of casino gaming and beautiful views of Vancouver. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at one of Elizabeth Blau and Canadian chef Kim Canteenwalla of Blau + Associates' 8 award-winning restaurants, straight from Las Vegas.
Hotel Blu | 177 Robson Street
Located at one of Vancouver’s most famous thoroughfare, Robson Street, the Hotel BLU is ideally located in the heart of Vancouver’s sports and entertainment districts. With Hotel BLU's focus on sustainability—with green roofs, electric vehicle charging stations, and plastic-bag and bottle free—this is a great choice for environmentally conscious concertgoers.
Georgian Court | 773 Beatty Street
This boutique hotel is just steps from the venue, Yaletown's chic restaurants, and the False Creek Seawall. The hotel also welcomes pets, so there's no need to leave your pet at home.
Make sure you book now—tickets are set to sell out fast!