Ten Best Vancouver Nightlife Spots

by Libby Zay 
Posted Jan 28th 2010 04:06 PMUpdated Mar 17th 2010 05:55 PM

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It's been estimated that up to 250,000 people will flood the Olympics every day, each with their own agenda of Vancouver nightlife options to check off in the evening. No matter if you're looking to wine and dine or to dance and unwind, these Vancouver bars, clubs, and casinos will keep the fun and games going all night long.


The Commodore Ballroom
For over 75 years, this art deco venue has hosted everyone from Duke Ellington to Lady Gaga. The concert hall is famous for its sprung dance floor, a surface with a layer of horsehair lining underneath that absorbs shock. Alternative rockers Collective Soul and parody heavy metal band Steel Panther have dates scheduled at the Ballroom during the Olympics.
868 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1K3

Sylvia's Bar
Since 1954, patrons have enjoyed a beach-side view of the English Bay through the picture windows of this cozy cocktail lounge. Situated in the lobby of the Sylvia Hotel, this is one of the oldest Vancouver bars. Unwind from a day of Olympic activities while sipping on a blueberry martini or splitting a bottle of wine by the fireplace.
1154 Gilford Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6

Edgewater Casino
Slots, poker, blackjack, roulette-if you're looking to gamble, the Edgewater Casino is your best bet. During the Olympics, the casino will host "Celebration Village 2010," an event taking place alongside the Plaza of Nations where local vendors will peddle their wares. The casino is promising free admission, thousands of giveaway prizes, and daily live entertainment.
311-750 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6B 5E7

The Railway Club
If you're looking for a neighborhood hangout, this pub-like club is the Vancouver bar you'll want to check out. In the 1930's, this bar limited its membership to railway workers, and the Vancouverites have stayed loyal: many magazines say it is the best Vancouver bar for your buck. Stop by this skinny, second-floor space overlooking Dunsmuri street for a microbrew on tap or martini made with fresh espresso.
579 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1Y4

Vancouver TheatreSports League
This improv comedy league has been drawing cult-like crowds since taking the stage in 1980. Performers daringly ask for audience suggestions and spin them into witty skits. The sketches are usually family-friendly, except on Friday and Saturday nights when the the "Late Night Mixer" has the crowd rolling in the aisles with 60 minutes of improv games in a party atmosphere.
104-1177 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 1G3

O'Doul's Restaurant and Bar
Those who prefer a cosmopolitan atmosphere should swing by O'Doul's, a jazzy joint inside the Listel Hotel. The bar has a New York Bistro feel, with a ceiling that features large, antiquarian maps. Known for their vintage wines and cool jazz-seven nights a week-the restaurant has also won numerous awards for its eco-friendly menu.
1300 Robinson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5

Lafflines Comedy Club
Always good for a laugh, Lafflines Comedy Club is the Vancouver nightlife spot for those looking to be amused. Inside, top notch comics crack up an audience sitting around circular, candle-lit tables. Weekday tickets are less than $10, so smile wide as you spend your leftover cash on cocktails.
26 Fourth Street New Westminster, BC V3L 5M4

Pop Opera
Disco balls, neon lights, and vinyl sofas adorn this South Beach-style dance club that usually sticks to playing the Top 40 hits. On Olympics opening night, the club will have a marathon dance party from 9pm until 3am, with a $40 cover. Although the venue is sure to be packed, you might catch a celebrity enjoying some Vancouver nightlife of their own in a VIP booth.
686 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 1P1

The Tonic Club
This Vancouver club offers a huge dance floor with two VIP balconies that overlook the action. Open every night of the week, the Tonic Club has some of the city's best dance parties and drink specials.
919 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L3

Bar None
Known for it's SoHo attitude, this brick and wood lined Vancouver bar is a favorite for the city's hip and trendy. The sister club to Pop Opera will also have a $40 dance party at the beginning of the Olympic games, so grab your early bird tickets at their website or you might not be able to get in the door.
1222 Hamilton Street Vancouver, BC V6B 2S8

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