Where is the best nightlife in Vancouver?

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Maria Tallarico

Nightlife in Vancouver ranges from neon-lit nighclubs that attract scores of young people to upscale cocktail lounges that cater to a more upscale clientele.

Granville Street is known as the “Entertainment District” of Vancouver (but that definitely depends on what type of entertainment you are looking for). On weekends, the streets so club-goers, mainly 20-somethings from the suburbs, can spill out in the street and make their way to the various clubs, each playing a different version of house/top 40/hip hop music. Bottle service and bouncers rule the scene, with long lines snaking down the street.

On the flip side, Gastown has emerged as the go-to for a more mature nightlife experience. There are several lounges– and even a couple of proper nightclubs – in the mix, the streets are busy and the experience is more about cocktails with friends than thumbing music.

Yaletown falls right in between, with scene-y lounges with DJs, a casual brew pub and one venerable nightclub. The crowd is flashy (some say a little pretentious) but friendly and grown-up.

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