From sophisticated cocktail spots to hard-partying clubs, Vancouver nightlife is diverse: there really is something for everyone.
Hard-Partying & Club Hopping in the Granville Entertainment District
Downtown Vancouver's Granville Street is ground-zero for hard-partying Vancouver nightlife. Stretching, roughly, from Nelson St. to Robson St., this area of Granville Street is packed with bars and nightclubs, making it easy to club-hop from one destination to another.
Home to several of Vancouver's top 10 nightclubs--including The Roxy and The Belmont Bar --Granville Street attracts twenty- and early-thirtysomethings looking to drink, mingle, dance, and show off their party clothes.
Weekends are busy on Granville Street: Be prepared for entrance lines at the hottest clubs.
High-Style & Celebrity-Spotting in Yaletown
High-tech yuppies, pretty young things, and a fair number of celebrities (Vancouver is Hollywood North, after all) populate the most stylish Vancouver nightlife district: Yaletown, on Hamilton Street and Mainland Street.
Yaletown's nightlife is ultra-trendy, epitomized by the celebrity hotspot OPUS Bar (at the Opus Hotel), the always-crowded Bar None and the "Hey, isn't that a Canucks player?" Glowbal. If you want to dress up, sip pricey cocktails and see-and-be-seen, this is the Vancouver nightlife district for you!
Local Pubs, Chic Cocktails & Dancing in Historic Gastown
When it comes to Vancouver nightlife, no district is as diverse as the always-evolving Gastown. Vancouver's historic center, Gastown's nightlife runs the gamut from casual, local pubs like the Irish Heather to the sophisticated, urban-chic cocktail spots at L'Abattoir and The Diamond.
Gay & Queer Nightlife on Davie Street
Hipster Nightlife & Live Music on Main Street / SoMa
Vancouver's Main Street has long been considered hipster-central, and the nightlife on Main and SoMa (South Main) has a hipster appeal: it's casual and relaxed, focused on music and atmosphere rather than style and decor, and substantially less "meat market" than the clubs in the downtown core. (In fact, you may find it difficult to meet people at the night spots on Main.)