From dive bars to dance halls, the coastal city caters to every breed of music fan and fanatic alike. The Vancouver music scene hosts some of the best acts from all over North America and beyond, helping you get your fix any night of the week. The following is a list of our top-voted Vancouver Live Music Venues.
The Rickshaw Theatre, formerly known as the Shaw Theatre, was built in 1971 as part of the Shaw Brothers' worldwide movie empire. By the mid eighties, the Shaw Theatre closed its doors as interest in the Kung-Fu movie genre waned.
The theatre sat more or less dormant until David Duprey reopened it as a live music venue in 2009 and renamed it the Rickshaw Theatre. Realizing the Rickshaw's potential for being an outstanding music venue, Mo Tarmohamed came on board in the summer of 2011 followed by Stephen Lyons to help run the operations.
The theatre boasts possibly the best sight-lines of any music venue in the city as well as a quality sound system and the capacity can be easily configured to accommodate 200 to 600 people. The re-opening of the theatre also marks an important step in the ongoing revitalization of the Downtown Eastside.
A big-hearted little neighbourhood pub with VERY cheap drink specials. Kitchen is open M->F 3:30 to 7pm. We've got 12 T.V.s to watch all the games... even the ones you don't get at home!!! Come sing karaoke twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) and work your way through our huge song list, or show us your original stuff at Open Mic night every Wednesday night and at our Sunday Afternoon Jam. Parties and special events too!
Funky Winker Beans is Vancouver's #1 Dive Bar. We are located right between Army & Navy and Save on Meats on Hastings.
Live Punk & Metal Shows on Fridays & Saturdays. Karaoke with no cover from Sun-Wed with SCARYOKE Thursdays. Metal Mondays & Cheap-Ass Beer & Drink Specials throughout the week. FREE FOOSBALL! FREE WIFI!
Group Bookings are always welcome....
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The Square combines a cool setting of pool tables, foos ball, and pinball games with a stylish room of off-white wood walls and black leather furniture. This large, versatile room is perfect for anything from watching sports or having a casual dinner to business lunches or power point presentations.
Vancouver Live Music Venues that are Editor-Approved and User-Voted
When you’re going out to see a show, you’re looking for the greatest experience possible. But no matter how good the band is, if the venue isn’t top notch the show is going to suffer. That’s why every Vancouver Live Music Venue that makes it into our listing is carefully sorted and editor-approved. We only display the most popular music venues in Vancouver to make sure every gig is as satisfying as possible. But these lists aren’t just created and left alone. They’ve been curated and compiled according to your votes.
We don’t want to just be adding another typical list to the mix, so cast your vote for the venues you think deserve recognition. We’ve got the database and now you have your say for the top Vancouver Live Music Venues.
Vancouver Live Music Venue Events
Nobody can stay on top of everything, no matter how many apps and newsfeeds you follow. If you want to keep up to date on at least all things music-related, be sure to check out our list of Vancouver Live Music Events. If you attend any of the shows, check out our event photos to see if you got snapped in any.
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Bar None's reputation as Vancouver's only New York - style lounge and nightclub is well deserved. From day one the Yaletown hotspot has maintained its Soho attitude and feel, from the brick and wood interior to the endless lineup of international and local DJ and live talent. Surrounded by the city's finest restaurants and hotels, Bar None is the epicenter of nightlife in Yaletown, the official after spot for the hip dinner crowd and a favourite among Vancouver's downtown-living elite.
A welcoming staff, exclusive guest list and discerning guests give Bar None its fantastic ambiance and help maintain its cool underground vibe.
Enter FIVESIXTY and understand what nightlife is meant to be about. Steeped in sound, FIVESIXTY transformed the iconic A&B sound building into 28,000 square feet of entertainment, delivering Vancouver with what can only be called adventures in the dark.
Vancouver's most innovative visual display, combined with a state-of-the-art Turbo sound system, and five distinctive rooms are only part of what makes your experience at FIVESIXTY so special. Featuring the very best in live entertainment, unique nightlife experiences, and the world's most sought-after international DJ's, FIVESIXTY is where you should come play. Step into each of the venue's unique spaces and experience why LIVE, PLAY, MISBEHAVE and TASTE are redefining music, art, food and culture in Vancouver.
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Venue perfectly straddles the line between concert hall and nightclub, often hosting both crowds in the same evening. Everyone from Major Lazer to Hank Williams III to David Guetta to TV on the Radio have played sold out shows while weekend club nights are packed, with guests partying in the VIP areas and ripping up the dance floor. A two-level, 600 person space, Venue has one of the Vancouver’s best soundsystem and light shows, accommodating staff and an endless list of guest artists and DJs.
The show must go on…and it does! These may be the top 10 most-voted, but there are many more venues in our full listing. If you want additional places to hear howling vocals and face-melting solos, click page 2 below to see them all.SEE FULL LISTING