Cafe Deux Soleils


in Commercial Drive

Exterior of Café deux Soleils

This rambling bohemian cafe is a hip, healthy and ever-friendly Drive landmark, serving a good array of local beers and well-priced vegetarian comfort food. The small stage is deployed every evening, with acoustic musicians, performance poets or open-mic wannabes keeping things lively. Aim for a red-vinyl side booth or hit the slender deck out front for a pyrotechnic sunset.

Poetry slams are held on Monday nights ($6 to $10 cover charge) and shows start at 9pm (doors open 8pm). This is your big chance to regale the locals with your leotard-clad retelling of The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, perhaps while playing a lute. There are also good-value happy-hour food and drink specials from 4pm to 6pm (weekdays only).