From DJs to live music, clubs to late night cafes, Vancouver comes alive after dark with a myriad venues in Yaletown and Gastown, as well as Vancouver’s Entertainment District down on Granville – a veritable feast for club hoppers with its strip of nightclubs that suit every taste. Ready for a true after-hours vacation? Check out our top nightlife spots in Vancouver, and make your next sojourn on the West Coast an unforgettable one.
The Blarney Stone: Located in Gastown on the East side of Downtown Vancouver, The Blarney Stone is an Irish-themed pub that serves a crowd of professionals and weekend party-people of all ages. This traditionally decorated pub is open every day of the week from 11am to 2am with the exception of Fridays and Saturdays when Irish-for-a-night patrons can enjoy drinks and music until 3am. This venue serves great food as well (until midnight), so you can fill up on nachos or some sliders to soak up the Guinness
The Portside Pub: Also in Gastown, The Portside Pub on Alexander Street has awesome pub food, killer DJ nights, and over 20 different selections of craft beer. This industrial/nautical-themed pub is open from happy hour to 2am most nights and 3am on Friday and Saturday. A hot spot for those coming from work with friends or meeting up with a date during the week, the casual atmosphere and excellent libations will provide you with a fun and lighthearted evening with Vancouver flavor.
Republic: Republic is one of the many nightclubs on Granville Island in Vancouver. Theater and Music enthusiasts will find themselves filtering out of the The Annex or The Queen Elizabeth and Orpheum Theatres and down onto Granville for some drinks and dancing, and Republic offers up two levels of seating with plush booths and excellent VIP service. With a pounding sound system, two separate rooms with different vibes, and the best live DJs hailing from a wide range of genres, this is one nightclub that will have you dancing right up until kick-out time.
Aura Nightclub: A little ways further down Granville, we have Aura Nightclub, a white hot nightclub that’s open from 10pm to 3am on weekends and holidays. The club has a very modern and colorful decor with a huge EDM crowd attending each night. The bottle service and ultra-chic ambiance here screams sophistication, and multiple seating areas and three separate bars give people the option of tucking themselves away or being front and center while sipping cocktails and grinding to club classics.
Celebrities Nightclub: A fun and electric environment down on Davie Street, Celebrities Nightclub hosts weekly events in addition to some of the World’s best live DJs. One of the funnest and most LGBT friendly nightclubs in Downtown Vancouver, you can expect to have a blast dancing to house and dance music, enjoying VIP tables, and taking part in contests or themed parties most nights of the week until 3am.
FanClub: We love FanClub, a live venue with nightly jazz, funk, or R&B music on its first level and top 40 on the second. This pub-club is a haven of craft beer and fine wine, delicious pub-style food with an inventive twist, and excellent entertainment that could make your date night or help you meet someone who’s into the same scene as you. FanClub has a NOLA-inspired motif with warehouse like accents that reflects its chic but relaxed attitude perfectly.
The Commodore Ballroom: An infamous part of Vancouver’s live music scene, The Commodore Ballroom is a major venue for artists coming to Vancouver on their North American tours. Probably the most popular venue and nightlife spot in Vancouver, The Commodore hosts shows from artists in the hip-hop, rap, dance, trance, rock, metal, and jazz genres with the gaps being filled by new artists with an exciting sound. This interactive space is fun for everyone who walks through the doors, offering up food, drinks, and VIP seating for an intimate evening out on the town.
So all-night ordering bottles in a club, or a good old-fashioned pub crawl? The great thing about a trip to Vancouver is that you don’t even have to choose – you can do it all! Plot a couple of these spots on the map and you’re good to go. Just don’t blame us if you’re suddenly nominated Nightlife Planner for all subsequent vacations…