Vibrant venues for city's party people
The pick of Vancouver's hot spots
By Lina Toyoda, The Province June 29, 2010
Vancouver's nightlife is spread all over the city, with a good variety of shows and events for those in the know. Here's a sample of where you might run into the usual suspects on a night out on the town.
FORTUNE SOUND CLUB
The best sound system in Vancouver. Located in Chinatown at 147 E. Pender St. (between Columbia and Main), the nightclub features an installation by street artist Shepard Fairey and an eco-conscious design. But really, it's the state-of-the-art sound system and the music that brings DJs and scenesters back for more.
A popular, two-floor, London-style nightclub in the Granville Street entertainment strip. The main level has a dance floor with DJs and live music while the plush lounge upstairs offers table service. A live reggae band plays every Sunday including ska and classic tunes by The Clash, The Police and Bob Marley.
The Biltmore, at Prince Edward Street and East 12th Avenue, can be hipster trendy but the space still feels comfortable with its wooden interior, odd knickknacks and laid-back atmosphere. One of the best live-music venues in town, the Biltmore leans toward the indie and folk-rock scene and serves up ice-cold cans of PBR. Go to www.biltmorecabaret.com
for show schedules.
This eclectic and charming martini lounge on Commercial Drive is a cozy spot for dining and drinks on any night. Open from 5 p.m., the dinner menu is Italian and West Coast fusion, with a late-night pub-fare menu. Live music sets the mood every night with two sets at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. by burgeoning musicians to local jazz greats.