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Top Choice Live Music in Downtown & West End

Commodore Ballroom

Local bands know they've made it when they play Vancouver's best mid-sized venue, a restored art-deco ballroom that still has the city's bounciest dance floor – courtesy of tires placed under its floorboards. If you…
Top Choice Live Music in Main Street

Fox Cabaret

Formerly one of North America’s last-remaining porn cinemas, its new owners have transformed (and fully pressure-washed) this independent nightlife venue, ditching the dodgy flicks in favour of live music, DJ nights…
Live Music in Main Street

Biltmore Cabaret

One of Vancouver's best alt venues, the Biltmore is a firm favorite on the local indie scene. A low-ceilinged, good-vibe spot to mosh to local and touring musicians, it also has regular event nights: check the onlin…
Live Music in Gastown & Chinatown

Rickshaw Theatre

Revamped from its grungy 1970s incarnation, the funky Rickshaw shows that Eastside gentrification can be positive. The stage of choice for many punk and indie acts, it's an excellent place to see a band. There's a h…
Live Music in Gastown & Chinatown

Pat's Pub

The Downtown Eastside's most-accessible dive bar started a century ago and has recently dusted off the jazz chops that saw Jelly Roll Morton play here back in the day. Monday night sees no-cover jazz shows from 8pm,…
Live Music in Downtown & West End

Media Club

This intimate, low-ceilinged indie space tucked underneath the back of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre books inventive local acts that mix and match the genres, so you may have the chance to see electro-symphonic or aco…
Live Music in Downtown & West End

Vogue Theatre

A 1940s heritage venue – check out the retro neon figure perched on the top of the streamlined exterior – the Vogue was bought and refurbished a few years back. Happily the refurb didn't change much and this is a gr…
Live Music in Main Street

Viva la Ukelucion

If you haven't packed your uke, you can still drop by this Vancouver Ukelele Circle monthly strum-fest to watch dozens of locals of all skill levels. It's hard not to smile as they work through their songs and jam a…
World Music in Kitsilano & University of British Columbia

Jericho Folk Club

This local folkie hangout starts with a fun open-stage session (usually four acts) followed by the main attraction performing around 9pm. Local and visiting performers may be scheduled and you can check the online c…
Live Music in Main Street

Bluegrass Jam Night

A weekly public jam session for local and visiting bluegrass fans staged upstairs at the ANZA Club, where everyone is welcome to watch or join in. A great way to meet Vancouver fiddle-huggers, this foot-stomping nig…