After closing its doors in the mid-1990s amid protests from patrons and famous musicians, the recently refurbished and re-opened ballroom is making a bouncy comeback. Its dance floor lies atop tires that make everyone move. The 990-capacity venue, located in downtown, has a history of amazing performances ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Tina Turner to Nirvana and the Clash, along with modern artists like Stereolab and the Flaming Lips. Its location in the entertainment hub makes it a perfect place to see a show before going clubbing. Call ahead for current event details.
Formerly known as The Railway Club, this small, second-floor downtown club has been home to famous performers playing everything from folk and country to jazz and rockabilly. The front room is the most intimate, while the corner room, separated by a long bar, has a more relaxed air. Drop in to catch up on the latest music and the hottest night scene around town. A hip place, plan your most exciting parties here and create memories to cherish for life. Check out the website or call ahead for more information.
In the heart of the downtown arts and cultural district, Uva Wine Bar offers up a list of exceptional wines in a sleek and contemporary setting. Although the focus here is decidedly Italian, you wouldn't know it from the funky red patterned wallpaper and ultra modern furniture and lighting. You'll find all the classic cocktails as well as a wide selection of digestives and aperitifs. Try a selection of cheeses from the fertile valleys of Italy, with the 24-month aged prosciutti de daniele with arugula and parmesan and a glass of old-world red.
One of Canada's biggest LGBT nightclubs, Celebrities is a veritable haunt for all the night owls in the city and has been around since 80's!. This larger-than-life, multi-storied club is dotted with numerous bars and comfortable lounges where you can take a breather from all that action. The vast dance floor is usually crowded with beautiful people who let their hair down to the tunes of the resident DJ and various live acts by international artists, from Boy George to Bob Sinclair and Tiesto. Colorful events, drag shows, weekly themed nights and live gigs keep you entertained as you get a taste of the city's vibrant nightlife. The space can also be rented for business meetings and parties, and the club also offers catering services. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
The Roxy is an upscale, chic Downtown club flocked by party animals. The crowd is mostly a sporty, casual college crowd. Some of the best DJs are known to spin some great music here till the wee hours of morning. They also offer their venue and catering facilities to host some of your most special parties and celebrations that will be an unforgettable experience. Call ahead for more details.
At the end of some days, all you need is a familiar face and cold beer. The Black Frog offers just that making it the perfect local haunt for classic ales, wines, whiskeys and more. Food is served too with a fare that includes the usual suspects of chips, burgers and sandwiches. A great Irish pub that lets you knock back a few and enjoy the game.
For an evening of laughter and merriment, visit Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club, nestled in Downtown Vancouver. This, chain of comedy clubs created in 1977 by Mark Breslin, a stand-up comedian, is one of Canada's prime places for a laughter riot. A line up of events by popular names like Sean Cullen, Nikki Payne and various artistes from New York, leaves the audience in splits of laughter. Yuk Yuk's is one of the best places to drop by when you are gloomy. After a show take home a memorabilia from Yuk Yuk's; you can choose from sweatshirts, tank tops, bags, hats and more. Visit the store and check out their collection.
Enjoy a friendly night with the locals at the Fairview Pub in central Vancouver. Here one can choose their vice of choice and break into the beats of the live bands that performs here. Featuring artists such as BrickHouse and Urban Jam, the pub is packed on most days of the week. The hearty pub food, great entertainment and steady flow of booze make it a great place to hang out with friends.
The Cabaret Biltmore is an amalgamation of old time glory and new age elegance. The aim of the club is to introduce Vancouver to some classy entertainment. This is done by encouraging local talent and presenting myriad of renowned international names every night. The club brings together New Orleans, Gothic Bordello, Rock Club and 1940's Shanghai Show, giving audiences a taste of cabaret in these times. Live music shows, comedy acts and fashion shows dominate the events schedule. The club also offers their spacious and comfortable green rooms for bands and performers. Old is truly gold at Biltmore!
This establishment is part of the city's fluid club scene. Bar None is an oasis for chic, fashion-forward Vancouverites. And you can tell by the fusion décor, cigar humidor and martini bar that this is the hangout of the city's young, urban professionals: it is sleek, ultra hip and funky. Nightly entertainment ranges from live bands to DJs. There is a dress code in effect, so avoid wearing sneakers or denim. Considered one of the places to be, get there early to avoid waiting in line.
The Distillery Bar + Kitchen is a New York-style cocktail joint in the Yaletown area of Vancouver. Trendy, sleek and classy, the interior boasts marble tabletops and elegant chandeliers. The drinks menu is tremendous but the cocktails are what the people come for. The popular choices include the Bramble, featuring gin, fresh lemon, syrup and Creme de Mure, and the Old Fashioned, which consists of apricot brandy and bitters. A delicious food menu that includes Italian items such as pastas, flatbreads and much more is included.