Vancouver is famous for being a queer-friendly city -- in particular, Vancouver's West End neighborhood and East Vancouver's Commercial Drive are well-known for being queer/queer-friendly. The West End's Davie Village is a hub for gay bars and nightlife, while The Drive attracts many lesbian families. Vancouver is also home to one of Canada's biggest annual Pride events: the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival in August.
Most of Vancouver's gay bars and nightlife are in the West End; though sadly, Vancouver's only lesbian bar closed in 2006 and no replacement has opened as yet. However, there are options for lesbian-centered nightlife in the form of pop-up events.
The most famous and largest gay dance club in Vancouver, Celebrities is a hot spot for dancing, shows, and (relatively) cheap drinks. The crowd here is mixed, but the focus remains of its gay and lesbian clientele. Big-name celebrities drop in from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled for Ru Paul and Boy George!
Another gay nightclub that's become an institution, Numbers offers a wide variety of dance and DJs seven nights a week. It's also one of the more notorious cruising spots for men; be prepared to get ogled -- and do your own ogling -- at this flirty "meat market."
Vancouver's only gay sports bar, Score caters to the LGBT crowd that, like most Vancouverites, likes to watch the Canucks and other local teams while noshing on traditional pub fare.
A casual pub, Pumpjack is best known for its weekday clientele of awesome leather men and bears, but weekends attract a mixed crowd. If you don't mind the line-up, check out their hugely-popular Sunday-afternoon keggers.
Address1181 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2, Canada
Nestled in the heart of Davie Village, 1181 is a boutique lounge with lots of spaces for socializing. Ideally situated for drinks and cocktails before hitting the clubs.
Welcoming to a wide range of queer people, The Fountainhead serves up traditional pub fare in a tongue-in-cheek (no pun intended) atmosphere (check out the painting of big genitals scattered amongst the pool tables and dart boards). It's a great place for Sunday brunch.
Lesbian Nightlife & Events
As previously mentioned, Vancouver's only lesbian bar (Lick) closed in 2006. While lesbians and queer women are welcomed at all of the bars and nightclubs highlighted here, there are event production companies that cater to lesbians and queer women by hosting special events at Vancouver clubs and dance spots. Check out Flygirl Productions for ladies' queer dance parties and more.
Also, look up Lez Hookup Vancouver, a Vancouver-based lesbian speed dating service.