Best Vancouver Nightlife: Where to Party in Vancouver, BC

Where to Drink, Dance & Party in Vancouver, BC

Opus Bar in Yaletown, Vancouver
••• Opus Bar in Yaletown. Courtesy of Opus Hotel

From sophisticated cocktail spots to hard-partying clubs, Vancouver nightlife is diverse: there really is something for everyone.

Most Vancouver nightlife and bars are concentrated into five nightlife districts, each with their own unique vibe and appeal, including downtown Vancouver's Granville Street, Gastown, and Yaletown.

Use this Guide to Vancouver Nightlife Districts to find the bars, clubs and pubs that suit your style and mood, whether you want to drink, dance, mingle, dress up or go casual.

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    Hard-Partying & Club Hopping in the Granville Entertainment District

    Granville Street at Night
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    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 Cellar Nightclub--Granville Street attracts twenty- and early-thirty somethings 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.

    Tip: See what's happening inside the club before you wait with the free Nightbound app, which includes real-time info on crowd size and gender ratio.

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    High-Style & Celebrity-Spotting in Yaletown

    Opus Bar in Yaletown, Vancouver
    ••• Opus Bar in Yaletown. Courtesy of the Opus Hotel

    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!

    More: Yaletown's Hottest Restaurants & Nightlife

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    Local Pubs, Chic Cocktails & Dancing in Historic Gastown

    L'abattoir bar vancouver
    ••• L'Abattoir in Gastown. Courtesy of L'Abattoir

    When it comes to Vancouver nightlife, no district is as diverse as the always-evolving Gastown. Vancouver's historic centre, 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.

    Crowds in Gastown are diverse, too. Cocktail bars and pubs attract all ages, while dance clubs like The Lamplighter and The Blarney Stone skew younger.

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    Gay & Queer Nightlife on Davie Street

    Davie Village
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    When it comes to gay Vancouver nightlife, Davie Street in downtown Vancouver is the place to be. Packed with clubs, bars and restaurants, Davie Street is home to Vancouver's most popular gay club, Celebrities, as well as most of Vancouver's Best Gay & Lesbian Nightlife.

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    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.)

    For live music, check out The Main, Cottage Bistro and The Biltmore.

    More: SoMa's Best Bars & Restaurants

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    Vancouver Nightlife for People Over 40

    Inside Guilt & Company, Gastown, Vancouver
    ••• Inside Guilt & Company in Gastown. Courtesy of Guilt & Company

    You don't have to be a thirsty twentysomething to enjoy Vancouver nightlife, and you won't feel out of place--whatever your age--at these Vancouver hotspots.