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21 Absolute BEST Things to do in Vancouver at Night

21 Absolute BEST Things to do in Vancouver at Night

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One of the reasons we decided to move to Vancouver is that it has a ton of natural beauty and outdoor activities to enjoy during the day … but we’d be lying if we said that we don’t also love how the city comes alive at night! 

From checking out hipster craft breweries (a favorite of ours, obviously!) to epic sunsets, awesome bars, and even night skiing, Vancouver has just as many fun things to offer at night as it does during the day.

As locals, we’ve spent many great evenings in Vancouver, so we’ve rounded up our top 21 things to do here at night because the good times certainly don’t end when the sun goes down. 

Things to do in Vancouver at Night

1. Sunset Harbour Dinner Cruise

Bailey poses for a photo with a bottle of wine on a sunset cruise in Vancouver
I strongly believe a little wine makes everything better!
Daniel and Bailey at sunset on a cruise in Vancouver
The views are amazing at sunset

Perhaps our favorite way to spend an evening in Vancouver is a sunset dinner cruise. Now, this isn’t an every weekend sort of thing (unless you’re really fancy!) but for a trip to the city or a special night out, this experience is hard to beat. 

We’ve actually been on this specific cruise twice now and it’s just as impressive the second time around. I mean a sunset on the Inner Harbour, with a delicious Pacific Northwest-style dinner, drinks, and live entertainment – what’s not to enjoy!?

We set sail from the Coal Harbour wharf and went under the iconic Lions Gate Bridge, which I thought was even more beautiful up close. We hung out on the deck, sipping on wine as the sky turned into a golden yellow and purple sunset! We then went inside for an impressive buffet spread, featuring locally caught salmon, roast beef, fresh seasonal veggies, and tons more. But of course, the chocolate cake and cheesecake for dessert were the most memorable part of the meal!

This cruise takes off at 7 pm and lasts for 2.5 hours, but the time flew by as we listened to the live music and took in the views. It is available on the weekends and is $212 CAD per person, including dinner (drinks are at your own cost). All in all, we thought the price was reasonable for the incredible experience we had! It was one of the best ways to experience Vancouver. 

2. Visit the Richmond Night Market

Birds eye view of the Richmond Night Market, Vancouver
I recommend the Richmond Night Market for some good food and entertainment!

Jump into Vancouver’s diverse culture by visiting the Richmond Night Market! This is a really fun and unique way to spend an evening. If you’ve ever traveled to Asia, you’ll feel right at home as it reminds me of the night markets we found there! 

We come to the Richmond Market to eat! This market has some of the best food, such as sushi tacos, dumplings, and deep-fried squid. We also found Canadian favorites like poutine, smoked meats, and beaver tails, which is a dessert if you were thinking of something else!

Besides food, there are vendors selling handmade crafts, art, clothing, silly toys, or pretty much anything else you could think of. A market isn’t complete without some games and entertainment for the kids, which are plentiful here. 

This market is huge and you can easily spend a few hours here. It is open April to October from 7 pm to 12 am Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They have extended hours from June to September, and hours can change on holidays so be sure to double-check before you go. Admission is $8.50 CAD for adults and kiddos are free! 

I recommend bringing cash, as that’s what all of the vendors use. If you arrive any time before 8 pm, there will be a long entrance line! Skip-the-line tickets are $40 CAD, which could be handy for large groups.

For all our tips, read our blog about visiting the Richmond Night Market here!

3. Do a night ghost tour in Gastown

Gastown, Vancouver at night
I love how pretty Vancouver is at night!

Did you know that Vancouver has a pretty sketchy past? Well, the Gastown neighborhood does, anyway! Started by a man called “Gassy Jack”, the city’s former red light district has suffered fires and plagues, and been the site of gruesome murders. So if you ask us, joining the Lost Souls ghost tour is the perfect way to dive into all of that grisly history! 

We loved learning all about the unsavory characters who have inhabited Gastown over the years, and we found ourselves really invested in all of the stories. From discovering the dark side of the Gold Rush to the less-than-scrupulous actions of Gassy Jack, the stories we heard on this tour were just so interesting. Even as locals, we had never seen this side of Vancouver before. 

Our guide, Cole, was a master storyteller who made the whole experience absolutely thrilling, and the stories he told us were wild! The tour costs $38 CAD per person and only runs during the summer, as it’s too cold to be walking outside for two hours during winter. 

4. Check out the local craft breweries 

Daniel and Bailey enjoy craft beer at Stanley Park Brewing in Vancouver
We love good beer!

Did you know Vancouver has a huge craft beer scene? We sure do – we frequently visit our neighborhood breweries! In fact, there are over 70 craft breweries in the city, making it really hard to choose exactly which breweries to visit.

To help narrow it down for you, we have a few recommendations. Granville Island Brewing is one of our favorites, their beer is amazing and we love any excuse to explore Granville Island. Exploring Granville Public Market and then stopping for dinner and drinks at Granville Island Brewing is a great way to spend an evening!

Steamworks Brewpub in Gastown is another one of our go-to’s. Gastown is conveniently located in downtown Vancouver, so it’s easy to stop by after a day of exploring the city. They make a variety of beers but have staples like NW IPAs, hazy IPAs, and lagers, but I love their variety of sour brews! They have something for every palate here. 

You’ll see the most breweries in the Mt Pleasant area, so if you want to do some self-guided brewery hopping, this is the place to do it. Some of the standouts are Faculty Brewing Co., 33 Acres Brewing Company, and Main Street Brewing Co. – but there are even more you can try here. 

If you want to get into all the details about Vancouver’s beer scene, I highly recommend going on a brewery tour! Bailey and I went on this street art and brewery tour when some friends were visiting and had a blast. We spent three hours exploring the Mt Pleasant area, stopping by three different breweries. Our guide also took us past lots of street art, giving us all the details about the local artists, and even The Beaumont Art Studios, where we had yet another can of craft beer! 

We thought this was an immersive way to experience the city, even as locals! It is $129 CAD and includes all of your drinks. This tour departs at 6 pm, making this the perfect thing to do in Vancouver at night!

Related Read: There are even more great breweries in town, check out our favorite Vancouver brewery tours to experience even more!

5. Night skiing 

Night skiing on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver
Night skiing on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver

Vancouver is nothing if not a city of variety! It has incredible skiing opportunities and we always find going night skiing an especially thrilling experience. Ski season usually runs from mid-November until late April, and there are two ski resorts within easy reach of downtown Vancouver, so take your pick!

Grouse Mountain is only about 15 minutes from the city center and is home to 15 night runs, so we like to head up here after we’re done working for the day! Opening hours vary by season, but the night ski session usually starts at 3 or 4 pm and ends at 9 or 10 pm. You can buy lift passes in advance online for night skiing – an adult pass is $67 CAD.

Meanwhile, night skiing at Cypress Mountain usually begins in mid-December and lasts until the beginning of April. After 5 pm, you can grab a night owl ticket for around $39 CAD, which is less than half the price of a full-day ticket. So not only is this a really fun and active way to spend your evening, but it also saves you money! Sounds like a win-win to us. 

6. Explore Stanley Park

Bailey rides through Stanley Park on a tour in Canada
I think exploring Stanley Park on a bike is best!

As locals, we may be a little biased here, but we think that Stanley Park has to be one of the best urban parks in the world! And we love visiting in the evening all year round. 

During the summer, it stays light pretty late, so we always enjoy visiting the Rose Garden or swimming in the ocean or outdoor pool. Or, one of our favorite things to do is rent bikes and cycle along the park’s Seawall – bonus points if you do this at sunset, because the views are just spectacular! We also love stopping at Stanley Park Brewing at any time of year, because their West Coast-inspired brews are delicious and the food here is really good, too. 

In fact, since there’s so much to see in Stanley Park, we highly recommend this cycle tour! We had SUCH a great time exploring the park on two wheels and learned a ton about its most famous sites, including the Seawall, the Brockton Point Totem Poles, and Lions Gate Bridge. It’s a great way to get your bearings in the park and there are 5:30 pm departures in the summer, so what better way to round off a day in the city? Book this tour in advance here before it fills up!

During winter, we love checking out the Bright Nights display at Stanley Park, which normally runs between late November and early January. If this doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit then nothing will! I swear, the lights get better every year. You can check the details on Stanley Park’s event page here!

7. Sunset whale watching

Pod of orca swim near a whale watching boat on a tour from Vancouver
A pod of orcas spotted on a sunset whale watching tour!

As if Vancouver weren’t already amazing enough, it also offers ample opportunities for whale watching! We always look forward to the whale watching season, which runs from April to October. And since we’re self-confessed sunset chasers, too, we think that nothing beats this sunset whale watching tour

Cruising through the Georgia Strait and the Howe Sound at sunset is honestly a jaw-dropping experience, so when you throw whales into the mix, you’re looking at something really incredible! Plus, the tour has a lifetime whale watching guarantee so on the off-chance you don’t see any whales, you can do this tour again any time. 

We got on so well with the on-board naturalists, who were happy to answer our questions and really knew their stuff, but best of all, we saw a pod of orcas when we went whale watching! It was so exciting, and a real dream come true. 

This sunset whale watching tour costs $215 CAD and runs from June to September, which is peak whale season. We also love the fact that the price includes a photo package, as tour companies usually charge you extra for this! 

8. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

Daniel, Bailey and a friend at Trattoria Kitsilano, Vancouver
Enjoying dinner with friends in at a restaurant in Kitsilano!

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants in Vancouver. We had a hard time narrowing it down to just three options, so if you’re a foodie be sure to check out our best restaurants in Vancouver blog to see the whole list!

To get your seafood fix while in Vancouver, stop by Blue Water Cafe. This fine dining restaurant is one of the best in Yaletown, and I absolutely love its modern design. We got the seafood tasting for 2 and it was loaded with ceviche, tuna tartare, and lobster – all of this was cooked to perfection! They are open from 4:30-10:30 pm and I recommend booking a reservation as this place is quite popular. 

I also love having dinner at The Boathouse because it overlooks Kits Beach, making this one of the city’s best sunset spots! Grab a cocktail and sit on the patio, taking in the views. They serve a variety of dishes, including seafood, juicy steaks, fresh salads, and amazing desserts – nothing is bad here! The Boathouse is open until 9 pm on weekdays and 10 pm on weekends, but definitely try and come around sunset!

If you’re not the biggest fan of seafood, no worries, Black + Blue has got you covered! This three-story steak house has some of the finest cuts of meats, and while it’s considered a fine dining restaurant, I love that it still feels relaxed and welcoming. The rooftop patio is our favorite part, we love sitting up here and seeing the Vancouver skyline light up. Black + Blue is open until 12 am, perfect for a late-night feast, and it’s a good idea to make a reservation in advance.

9. Have a cocktail at the world-famous Keefer Bar

Bailey with a drink at The Keefer in Vancouver
A cocktail at The Keefer in Vancouver

Perhaps the most obvious night-time activity is finding all the good cocktail bars! Let me make your search easy, head directly to The Keefer Bar in Chinatown. This bar was named one of the 50 top bars in North America and the top three bars in Canada. 

You’ll find more than 25 unique cocktails on their menu – there were so many tasty ones I had a hard time deciding! But luckily, we’ve visited a few times and my favorites are Chinatown Sour and Fantasy Island. They also have seasonal cocktails, so you can get something to match the mood, and I love their shareable cocktails. 

Now, this is a local hot spot, so many travelers don’t pass through here. Consider this our little secret – I hope you enjoy this stop as much as we do!

Hot Tip: If you can plan ahead and book a table a few days before, that’s a great idea. It can get pretty busy here and you want to ensure you have a spot!

10. Go on an evening sightseeing tour 

When friends and family come to visit us in Vancouver, showing them around can often feel very busy when they only have a few days, so this sightseeing tour is the perfect way to spend an evening.

It’s a bus tour, but we like that you don’t spend the whole time just looking out the window. There are plenty of opportunities to get out and explore on foot, and it takes you to many of our favorite places in the city, from Stanley Park to English Bay, and Queen Elizabeth Park. The tour also ends in Gastown, so we often end up at one of the historic pubs afterward for a nightcap! 

Our tour guide, Nigel, was so friendly and passionate about Vancouver – which obviously, we are too! He did a great job of sharing the city’s unique character. So for $38 CAD per person, we thought this was a good value for money. This is one for those warmer summer evenings, as it only runs between mid-May and early September, and it’s especially ideal if you’re short on time here.

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11. Watch an outdoor movie

Stanley Park Outdoor Theater in summer in Vancouver
I suggest showing up early to get a good spot

Spend a night relaxing at an outdoor movie in the city! There are a handful of outdoor theaters in Vancouver, but our favorite is in Stanley Park. 

The Stanley Park Summer Cinema has weekly movies from July through August. They are completely free, just bring a lawn chair or a blanket! It can get pretty busy, so I recommend getting there early to get a good spot, or you can pay $20 CAD for a VIP seat ahead of time. They show movies like The Wedding Singer, 10 Things I Hate About You, or the Super Mario Bros Movie, so they are always lighthearted and fun!

Sunset Cinema at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza is also a crowd favorite! They don’t show movies as frequently, but it’s far less crowded (which is a perk!). The specific showings and times change every year, so check their website for the most up to date information

Finally, the Summer Movie Nights in the Square is a whole event that takes place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Their screenings are on Thursday nights, with food trucks, street vendors, and before-the-show activities. 

12. Check out the Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver lookout at sunset
Vancouver Lookout at sunset

Have we mentioned how epic the views of Vancouver are? So heading to the Vancouver Lookout is one of my favorite ways to see the city!

The Vancouver Lookout goes up 169 meters (554 feet), which gives great views of the skyline. It’s a panoramic lookout, so you can see every corner of the city from above. Don’t worry, you don’t have to climb up the stairs to get to the top, there’s a super fast glass elevator.

This is more of an early-evening activity, as the Lookout is only open until 6 pm and the last elevator goes up at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $18.25 CAD  per person, which isn’t bad for how gorgeous these views are!

13. Take a boat tour to Bowen Island

Bailey on a zodiac tour in Vancouver to Bowen Island
I love the view of Lions Gate Bridge as the sun goes down
Pizza on bowen island vancouver, canada
I recommend the pizza!

Bowen Island is a gorgeous island just off of Vancouver’s mainland. We love visiting here, and while a day trip is great, we had so much fun on this zodiac boat tour and dinner experience!

A zodiac boat is an inflatable boat used for excursions, so riding it across Howe Sound was a lot of fun. We got to zoom past the Lions Gate Bridge and Siwash Rock, and even see a seal colony along the way! Luckily, they provided a survival suit to help keep us warm, as it can be a bit chilly once the evening hits, even in the summer. 

Once we got to Bowen Island, we enjoyed dinner at the famous Doc Morgan’s and watched the sunset. The restaurant is on the water, so it makes for one of the best sunsets in Vancouver. I’m not sure what I enjoyed more though, the gorgeous views or the handmade pizza! Dinner is included in this tour, but drinks are not, so bring some money along if you want to grab a beer, wine, or cocktail. 

This is one of our favorite date-night activities in Vancouver, and makes for a unique night out! This experience is available from mid-May to September, and the departure times vary depending on the time of sunset (usually from 4 to 5:30). You can book this boat and dinner tour for $219 CAD per person. 

14. Visit Grouse Mountain

Bailey at the top of the Peak gondola on Grouse Mountain, Vancouver at sunset
Don’t forget to take an epic sunset picture!

This might be a big claim, but I’m convinced that Grouse Mountain has the best sunsets in the city! The sun sets pretty late during the summer months, so we like to ride the Skyride cable car, enjoy the activities at the top, catch the sunset, and then take the last cable car down at 10 pm. 

There is plenty to keep us occupied before the sunsets, such as visiting the Wildlife Refuge to see the two grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola. If we are feeling adventurous, there is a zipline and ropes course that is super fun, or we like to play a round of disc golf. 

I highly recommend grabbing dinner at The Observatory, it’s an upscale restaurant with amazing patio views, or giant windows if you are visiting in the winter. Their menu rotates seasonally, in the summer they have fresh and light dishes, but in the winter we love their three-course fondue offerings! They have local craft beer and wines from the Okanagan, so of course a drink with these mountain views is my favorite way to spend some time.

Grouse Mountian is open year-round. During the winter you can enjoy skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and a gorgeous light walk! Sometimes you can catch a good sunset, but this is more of a summertime activity. 

I recommend booking your Skyride cable car tickets in advance, they are $87 CAD per person. Grouse Mountain is a very popular sunset spot!

Related Read: If you want all the logistics planned for you, check out our favorite Grouse Mountain tours from Vancouver!

15. Go ice skating

Ice skating at Robson Square in Vancouver
The outdoor rink at Robson Square! Photo credit: Depositphotos edb3_16

For an evening activity straight out of a movie, be sure to visit one of Vancouver’s many skating rinks! There are eight different community and rec center rinks around the city, so we always enjoy lacing up our skates and giving it a whirl. (Admittedly, Bailey is much better at this than I am – having grown up in Australia and all!).

This is also an affordable activity, as admission to the rinks is around $7 CAD and skate rentals are less than $10 CAD. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a fun night out!

During the winter, Robson Square sets up an outdoor skating rink! It’s a great holiday activity and decked to the nines. We like to go for a stroll down Robson Street afterward, sipping on hot chocolate and taking in the scenery.

This rink is open from December to February and is completely free! If you don’t have your own skates you can rent them for about $5 CAD. Best of all, the Robson Square rink is under a cover, so even if it rains (which is normal in the winter) you can still enjoy it!

16. Enjoy live music 

Catching some live music is one of our favorite ways to enjoy an evening in Vancouver. The city is especially known for its jazz, funk, and blues scene, but you can find all kinds of music here! 

The Cobalt Cabaret is a fantastic place to discover new acts from all over Canada. It’s a very casual and standing-room-only, and it dates back to 1911 so it’s safe to say that this place is a Vancouver institution. We like this place because you don’t have to dress up or try too hard – you can just turn up as you are and have a fun night. 

Meanwhile, catching a show at the Commodore Ballroom is an experience in itself, regardless of who’s playing! Huge names have played here over the years. We’re talking about artists like David Bowie, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Lady Gaga, but the list goes on! If you enjoy discovering up-and-coming acts, make sure to check out their events calendar and see what’s on while you’re in town. 

For a smaller, more intimate venue, it’s hard to go wrong at Guilt and Co. They have performances every night of the week and we love the cocktails here! Or if you want to enjoy some chilled-out live music with dinner, 2nd Floor Gastown is the place to be. We love coming here for date night! 

17. See a comedy show

Inside the Comic Strip

Sometimes, you just need to let loose and have a laugh. Fortunately, we’ve discovered a few live comedy spots in Vancouver where belly laughs are pretty much guaranteed!

The Comedy Ring is one of the most popular places – especially if you like comedy that’s a bit dark or inappropriate. The comedians who take the stage here certainly don’t pull any punches, and the audience tends to be quite small which means they often pick on people in the crowd. I felt like I’d developed a six-pack from laughing so much by the time we left this place! 

We also love The Improv Centre’s Improv Comedy Shows on Granville Island. These are especially impressive because every show is unscripted and I am always amazed by what the comedians come up with. As an unscripted show, they come up with the show on the spot and it is flat-out hilarious. They have shows every night of the week (except Mondays) and the theme rotates, so check out the schedule or simply show up – it will be funny regardless! You can reserve tables or theater-style seats and tickets range from $10 to $35 CAD.

18. Go on a pub crawl 

Daniel and Bailey on a pub crawl in Gastown, Vancouver
At the start of the pub crawl!

If you’re looking for a fun Friday night in Vancouver, there’s only one thing for it: a pub crawl

Whenever we travel to a new city, we find joining a pub crawl is a great way to meet new people and discover the best nightlife spots. As locals, we can confirm this pub crawl takes you to some seriously fun pubs and bars, but what we love most is that it involves lots of fun challenges along the way! However, we do also appreciate the fact that, unlike some pub crawls, participation is completely optional.

The guides are great fun, but they don’t pressure you into anything, so if you want to sit back and observe the conga lines and pretend proposals instead, that’s totally fine. 

We also think that this tour is great value for money at $35 CAD per person because that price includes four free shots (at different bars, not all at once, I hasten to add), cover charges, and skip-the-line entry to the venues where you usually have to queue. I think this is so worth it because I don’t know about you, but sometimes long queues really kill my buzz! This pub crawl is only available on Friday nights.

19. Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Bailey on the Capilano Suspension Bridge during the Canyon lights
Capilano Suspension Bridge is beautiful at night but you’ll want to bring a good jacket!

You have to visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge at least once while in Vancouver, but I think it’s necessary to visit it twice! Once during the day, and another time at night. You can enjoy this forest area year-round and it’s only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. 

This is more than just a suspension bridge, it’s actually an entire adventure park. We love going over the multiple hanging bridges and on the glass-floor lookout, which is a bit nerve-wracking if you’re scared of heights! The treetop walk is also very cool, and there are various hiking trails around.

During the summer, you can visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge until 7 or 8 pm because it doesn’t get dark until later. It’s fun to go explore the trails and activities until closing time, then head into the city for a well-deserved pint of beer!

However, I think the winter is the best time to visit. They deck out the park in lights and host the Canyon Lights event, which extends the hours to 9 pm. If you’re visiting around Halloween and Valentine’s Day, they do other seasonal events there too!

Tickets to enter the Capilano Suspension Bridge are $66 CAD. I recommend spending about 2 hours here, as there’s a lot to explore and the Vancouver forest is simply gorgeous, so you’ll want to soak it in. They offer a free shuttle from downtown if you don’t want to drive – check out the details here

20. Eat your way down Main Street

Lucky's Doughnuts, Vancouver
It’s never too late for some doughnuts, right? Photo credit – Lucky’s Doughnuts

We mentioned Main Street earlier when talking about its lively brewery scene. But really, Main Street in Mount Pleasant is the hub for all things gastronomical! It is also the hub for hipsters, so if you like quirky vintage stores, record shops, an equal number of craft breweries, coffee shops, and vegan restaurants – this is the place to be. 

We love exploring this area and finding new restaurants – there are an overwhelming number of them! To help narrow down your options, here are a few of our favorites. 

  • East is East – If you’re looking for a bit of international flair to your dinner, stop by East is East! They have recipes inspired by the Silk and Spice Road routes, so it’s a combo of Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, which is incredibly flavorful. 
  • MeeT on Main – This is my favorite vegan restaurant in the city! They have two other locations in Van, but this one is the best. I always get the Mac n’ Cheez bowl, made with cashew cheese, but you couldn’t even tell!
  • 49th Parallel Coffee & Lucky’s Doughnuts – Okay, this is not exactly a dinner place, but it’s a great after-dinner spot. You have to try the peanut butter and jelly doughnut and also their $5 coffee and doughnut deal! I personally prefer this combo in the evening anyway. 
  • Earnest Ice Cream – If ice cream is more of your flavor, hop in line at Earnest. Trust me, there will be a line! They have unique flavors like Whiskey Hazelnut or Blackberry Coriander. But the flavors rotate frequently, so you might not find the same ice cream twice!

21. Party the night away 

Bailey enjoys a cocktail at Blnd Tger Dumplings in Vancouver
Blnd Tger Dumplings
Blind Tiger Dumplings
Blnd Tger Dumplings

Vancouver’s nightlife is so much fun! As much as we love the natural beauty and all of the adventures that the city has to offer, we get a kick out of the entertainment scene, too. 

Granville Entertainment District is one of the most famous places to go out in Vancouver. It’s home to a lot of theaters and live music venues (like the Commodore Ballroom that we talked about earlier). We love grabbing cocktails at The Liberty Distillery and if you’re looking for an old-school pub vibe, then Donnellan’s Irish Pub is always a good time. 

However, in recent years the nightlife hub has slightly shifted away from Granville, a few minutes down the road towards Davie Street. This bright, colorful area is the center of Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ neighborhood and it’s also known for being home to lots of unique and reasonably priced restaurants, so we like to grab a bite to eat here before heading out for the night – the burgers at Moxie’s are always a winner. Then for drinks, we love Score, which is a sports bar that’s notorious for its huge Caesar cocktails, and The Fountainhead Pub

But when you’re out on Davie Street, it’s almost a crime not to go dancing. Numbers is a lot of fun, and it’s got five floors, as well as a karaoke lounge, so you should be able to find something to suit your mood! And of course, nothing beats the legendary Celebrities. This club has been at the forefront of Vancouver’s nightlife scene since the 80s, and big names like David Guetta and Boy George have performed here.

Where to Stay in Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver city skyline
Vancouver skyline

Vancouver is one of the most popular cities in Canada. The fact is that in the summer and winter, the city books up in advance very fast! Booking your hotel or hostel well in advance is the only way to secure the best place to stay for you!

Some great hotels and hostels in Vancouver that we love are:

Hyatt Regency Vancouver – $$$

Can’t decide whether you’d prefer to stay near Stanley Park or Gastown? Well, the Hyatt Regency might just be right for you, as it’s located right between them! Rooms here enjoy gorgeous floor-to-ceiling windows that help to bring in light and there is a small fridge, work desk, and toiletries in the bathroom too.

You can also conveniently enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at their beautiful Mosaic Bar and Grill just off the lobby. As you can imagine, it’s a luxury stay in a large hotel chain that is highly reviewed! So if you’re looking to celebrate something special, or just fancy taking your vacation to a whole new level, then staying here will definitely do the trick.

I’ve seen a one-night stay at the Hyatt Regency going as low as $232 CAD per night, although the rooms here on average are more around the $300-$500 CAD mark. So, for the best price, don’t forget to reserve your room in advance.

Times Square Suites – $$

For a beautiful hotel close to Stanley Park, the Times Square Hotel is a fantastic choice! It’s very hard to fault this hotel, and the location really is perfect. The fully equipped kitchens and gas fireplaces are a nice touch in all of the rooms, plus the suites have living rooms and a washer and dryer.

For being pretty affordable, it has a lot of amenities, which is just one of the reasons we love staying here! You can book a room here from $232 CAD per night, but as this is a popular stay, I recommend checking your dates and booking ahead of time to secure your preferred room type!

The Cambie Hostel Gastown – $

The Cambie Hostel is a great budget-friendly hostel that’s located right in the heart of Gastown and close to lots of bars and restaurants and attached to the hostel is a very lively bar too. The rooms are clean, although the bathrooms are a little on the small side (part of the fun when you’re staying cheap, though!).

It’s perfect for backpackers on a budget and is considerably cheaper than others offering comparable quality. A bed in a dorm here starts at around $50 CAD, and you can book a stay here through or

Didn’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Click here to browse all hotels in Vancouver!

For more info on the best areas and hotels, check out my complete guide on where to stay in Vancouver. It breaks down everything you need to know before choosing the right hotel!

Thanks for reading!

Bailey and Daniel pose for a photo on Bowen Island on a tour from Vancouver, Canada
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Phew, that’s quite a list of fun activities in Vancouver at night! This only scratches the surface, Vancouver is such a fun city and there’s always something happening, no matter what time of year you visit. But, we wanted to include our personal favorites and some well-known highlights, so between all these activities you’ll be sure to find something that fits your style!

Thanks for reading this blog! If you found it helpful, be sure to check out our other Canada content, starting with a few Vancouver highlights below:

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25 BEST Hikes in Vancouver (ranked from EASY to HARD)