Vancouver nightlife

Are you 19+? Going out in Vancouver to explore the nightlife is a guaranteed fun night. Here are some of the top spots in the city to hit up on your night out.

On campus

The Pit: Looking to party into the night, but don’t want to stray too far from home? The Pit is UBC’s one and only nightclub. Open every Wednesday evening for Pit Nights, this campus staple is the go-to for student partying and live music.

Koerner’s Pub: UBC’s best known bar, Koerner’s, is where many students grab a drink after class with their friends. A social hotspot on campus, this bar is known for its good food, weekly trivia nights and student-run drag shows and craft beer.

The Gallery: Located on the fourth floor of the Nest, The Gallery is an AMS-owned lounge equipped with a full bar. There are often many types of events here throughout the year, like open mics and special drink nights.

Off campus

For cheap beer: Check out The Fringe! This less glamorous, smaller bar also often has stand-up, improv and live music.

For a nice patio: Grab a friend and check out the rooftop patio at Darby’s Pub! It has a great selection of drinks and is still relatively close to campus.

For food deals: Hit up the local landmark, Elwoods! They offer $10 specials for half-rack ribs on Saturday and steak on Sunday.

Granville Street clubs: For a fun night just a bus ride away, join the party on Granville Street. Clubs like Aura Nightclub, Cabana Lounge, Studio Lounge and Nightclub and The Roxy Cabaret are great places to bring a group of friends to dance the night away. If you walk a bit further up Granville and walk one block over to Seymour Street, you’ll find Levels Nightclub, which is another fun club with music and dancing.

Davie Street clubs: Davie Street, located on the edge of the Downtown core, is the 2SLGBTQIA+ epicentre of Vancouver. Home to Numbers Cabaret, The Junction, Celebrities Nightclub and 1181, Davie Street is the place to go for all things drag, (pricier) drinks and dancing. To get here from campus, take the 4 bus to Granville and Drake.

Wanna see a show tonight?

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