When in Vancouver, travelers will encounter an excellent mix of everything you'd expect out of nightlife, which, when coupled with a compact downtown and quick and easy public transport, makes this city an enticing destination for when the sun goes down.
the majority of your action, especially if you're into nightclubs, will be happening on Granville Street, which cuts north and south through downtown starting at the bridge. This is where you'll see lines outside a bunch of places, mostly to espouse the idea that they are popular and where everyone seems to want to be. A few staples of this area include the Roxy (bands and fun on any night of the week), the Commodore Ballroom (tops for live music in the city), and the Caprice Nightclub (exclusive and expensive). There are a high number of Irish pub and other bars in the area that are well-frequented and often have their tv's tuned to hockey on game night.
There are also a good number of places to imbibe in the Yaletown district, where locals usually gather for sporting events. There are bars near the Rogers Arena and the surrounding streets that usually get exciting on game night, while there are a smattering of clubs (like Gossip) around as well. Head just north to Gastown if you're one to overlook the tourists pouring from the woodwork so that you may enjoy superb microbrews at establishments like the Alibi Room and Steamworks. The brews can be cheaper in some of the dives around here as well. If you're in the microbrew spirit, there are the Granville Island and Yaletown breweries.
Although not the sprawling variety of nightlife that you'll see in cities like Montreal or Toronto, Vancouver is a travel destination with enough diversity to unleash even the most hesitant party animal. Check out our activity listings for more information on what to see and do.