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.
When it comes to describing the food plated at the Hawksworth Restaurant, patrons complement the clean tastes, perfect ingredients and exemplary culinary technique. With a kitchen steered by chef David Hawksworth, the restaurant has achieved its fame by sourcing the best in local ingredients and creatively complementing natural flavors. The menu covers breakfast through dinner including a wonderful spread for brunch. Pair you meal with a wine from their selection and finish off with a classic dessert. The perfect place to dine, especially if looking to indulge and impress.
Stylish and bursting with color, Opus is one of the more upscale bars in the city of Vancouver. Opening daily at 5p, the bar sees recognizable clientele that come here either to unwind or party on. The snazzy interiors, clever cocktail list and incredible music makes this one of the hippest night spots in the city.
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.
Yoshinobu Ando is behind the success of this elegant Japanese restaurant. Serving a plethora of sushi and sashimi along with barbecue and ribs, this restaurant is a good place to try a Japanese fusion cuisine. The low lights and classy decor make for an excellent venue for cozy dinners. Do check out the wine bar for its extensive labels along with the sake list. The Karaage Nanban, Edamame, Chicken Teriyaki, Tempura and Beef Tataki are a few dishes that await the diner here. The signature rolls that must be tried are the Enchanted Forest Roll and the Rainbow Roll. Dining at ShuRaku makes one realize the sheer magic that lies in the hands of the celebrated chef and helps one appreciate Japanese cuisine better.
Pumpjack Pub is one of the happening bars in the city. This gay-friendly bar is an excellent place to chill out with your partner or just with friends. The service is efficient ad quick and the staff is polite. Check out the daily specials before ordering.