Vancouver is my favorite Canadian city as not only is it beautiful, but it’s a town that knows how to party. The action is only going to get more frenetic with the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It may get chilly outside, but the nightlife scene packs some heat.
The Roxy (932 Granville Street) is the city’s top rock club venue and it’s open every night from 7pm – 3am. It's not a particularly fancy place so casual dress is welcome and you can kick back, get your drink on and have some unpretentious rockin’ fun. There are often great Canadian bands playing, while on other nights there are covers bands and rock DJs.
On the other end of the scale, AuBar (Cnr Georgia St & Seymour Sts) is Vancouver’s most exclusive club. It’s definitely a club to “see and be seen” so dress up to get past the bouncers and inside for some high-energy house and electro action on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It’s a combination of spacious and intimate, with high ceilings giving an open feel while candle-lit tables and twisting seating areas allow you to chill. There’s a VIP lounge for the truly ‘beautiful people’ but even if you don’t gain access to this inner sanctum of cool there’s no shortage of friendly, trendy party enthusiasts in the main areas.
Element (919 Douglas Street) is another cool club that’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. It features a sunken LED-lit dance floor, three levels, three bars, a VIP area and some of the best Canadian DJs playing hip-hop, mash-ups and electro.
Stone Temple (1082 Granville St) is a Vancouver clubbing institution having been open for over 12 years. It has friendly staff, an unpretentious vibe, two dance floors, a lounge and a balcony where you can check out all the action. Throw in a great drinks menu and pumping music and it’s a party lovers’ paradise.