One thing with Vancouver bars is certain â€“ It definitely is not the place for faint people and the weak at heart, for Vancouver seems to be bustling with activity. With the 2010 winter Olympics just finishing recently, the popularity of Vancouver is at an all time high, and just keeps increasing - the crowds seem never ending. Most of the bars seem to portray an attitude that is typical of the local Vancouver folks â€“ laid back and casual.
Hanging out with a few pints of the local drink: beer, and a few good friends would be just the right thing to do while enjoying the busy music that keeps filling the air. Vancouver bars and pubs can be spotted everywhere â€“ on the streets, in between road spaces, in malls and restaurants and just about anywhere. Though many bars and pubs have a customary cover charge ranging between CDN 7 and 9 on weekends (and almost double on account of the Olympics), people do not seem to complain.
The good news for beer drinkers is that the prices of their favorite drink will remain stable, for an increase in price is not that easy a task. The same conditions apply to mixed drinks and wine too.
Yaletown and Granville are seen sweating it out to take the numero uno position as far as the beer scene in Vancouver is concerned. Though Yaletown, with its seemingly English flavor (thanks to the Britisher's who ruled here for sometime) ruled till midnight, there is a paradigm shift to Granville post the clocking striking 12.00 PM.
Yaletown folks like to dine on the outdoors and patios which is why many bars have their DJs spinning their tracks on the outdoors. Most of the crowd is young and a pet-loving one too, which is why they are spotted with their dogs. Most of the restaurants in Yaletown are a fantastic option since they have bars attached to them, that too without any cover charges!
Cactus Club cafÃ© is another cool hangout. An intoxicating atmosphere, a friendly DJ who dishes out one good track after another (largely hip-hop music), some rollicking food and a great positive vibe makes Cactus Club Cafe a great choice. Earl's â€“ a similar bar cum eatery, larger though, is another place to be in, especially after midnight. There are no cover charges and there are some happy hour discounts too. The second Earl's on Burrard is a busy area as well.
Shifting the action to Granville is Doolan's Irish club, a non-club bar. The young are seen flocking to Doolan's on weekends to celebrate with friends and enjoy some music. Most of the people in Granville prefer the bars to clubs, as a result of which there are quite a few ones like Speakeasy and the Granville room offering a bar like setting.
AuBar is the nightclub and bar in Vancouver which is being compared to the best in New York. A must go destination on any Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; this elegant club hosts the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of Vancouver who want to dance the night away.
Ask any local and he will tell you that Richard's on Richards is the place he would go to. A favorite among music lovers of Vancouver, Richard's has played host to innumerable numbers of famous bands. With state of the art acoustics and visual projections, Richard's is the place you cannot afford to miss. Dance the night away with Vancouver's rich and famous. If you are not the dancing type, just sit down with a cool cocktail in the bar and watch the floor.
The largest of the many Vancouver's nightclubs is Plush. Plush has the largest dance floor. Remember though if you want to get into Plush you must try to get in early, as it will fill up and you'll be forced to stand in a lineup rivalling the longest you've ever seen.
The Edge, another popular bar with its comfy setting, huge chairs and cozy interiors provides the perfect setting to hang out with your pals on weekends. It's the ideal place for few rounds of drinks and some long-lost conversation. Check out the many Vancouver bars, enjoy the drinks and party like never before.