Vancouver is home to some of the best, most vibrant nightlife a city can offer. Use this Top 10 list to find the best Vancouver nightclubs, celebrity hot spots, raging dance venues, underground music hangouts, and crowds of beautiful people.
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Vancouver's club scene is concentrated around Granville Street, Davie Street and Yaletown in the downtown core but you'll also find more alternative clubs around Main Street where live music, DJs and art events provide a respite from the dance-centric clubs in the center.
Downtown, Granville Street is the epicenter of clubland and it is pedestrian-only in certain sections on weekend nights when the police close the road to manage the amount of people. Head to Yaletown for more upmarket clubs or stick to Davie Street for the best selection of gay clubs and bars.
Blessed with a top spot in Granville Street's Entertainment District—it's easy to bar-hop all along Granville, before or after hitting The Roxy—this is one Vancouver institution that hasn't lost any of its celebrity cred. The Roxy is a dance club, live entertainment venue, and beer commercial come to life. Get there early or face long lines!
The biggest and best gay nightclub in Vancouver, Celebrities deserves its reputation for outrageous parties, hot DJs and dance nights you won't forget.
The Opus Bar—part of the Opus Hotel—is the pinnacle of Yaletown's nightlife. Uber-fashionable and upscale, this celebrity haunt boasts gourmet cocktails and "O bites" and live music from some of Vancouver's best DJs. This is a very "see and be seen" scene. It's a small space inbetween the hotel lobby and La Pentola restaurant so you may want to make a reservation or come earlier to get a seat at the bar.
One of Yaletown's hottest nightspots—which means it's inevitably hip and trendy—the Bar None is part dance club, part lounge, and always crowded on weekends.
Located in historic Chinatown, this local favorite boasts a powerful sound system, good DJs, a very attractive crowd, and a mix of live shows, techno, and hip-hop. The monthly Hip-Hop Karaoke night is a lot of fun and the club attracts big rap names when they are on tour in Vancouver.
Harbour Event Centre
Vancouver's self-proclaimed 'super club', the Harbour Event Centre attracts top name DJs and musical acts. The large space includes a state-of-the-art dancefloor that features hi-tech sound and LED lighting, as well as CO2 cannons and confetti.
The Biltmore Cabaret
The Biltmore has been a pub and musical venue for more than 50 years but it had a renovation in 2007 to become the Biltmore Cabaret and now the just-off-Main Street mainstay hosts touring musical and arts acts in a club that is popular with the alternative crowd.
Previously a porn theatre, the Fox Cabaret is a hotspot for 90s hip hop nights, 80s proms, and comedy nights and this red-hot nightclub on Main Street. It's always a casual mixed crowd and is ideal for a sweaty late-night dance but be prepared for a line up on a Friday or Saturday night. Alternative club nights include the monthly Nerd Nite, a series of science-based discussions and Sunday Service, a long-form improv show.
Another alternative venue on Main Street, the Cobalt originally opened in 1911 as a cabaret spot and today it's a grungey nightclub that hosts live bands, DJs and art events for the party people of East Vancouver.