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.
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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!
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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.