When it comes to nightlife, Vancouver is definitely no longer a “no fun” zone. There are zillions of gastropubs, where you can sip away the night with gourmet grub. There are plenty of chic lounges, where the girls in little black dresses and guys in muscle Ts flaunt their stuff. And after midnight, there’s no shortage of clubs and Euro-inspired DJs.
A bit harder to find are good, old-fashioned rock and roll bars. I’m talking about casual bars that play live music: places with a laid-back feel, cheap beer, good sound system and good bands. If the bar room is a little grungy around the edges, so be it. And I’ve got no problem paying a cover charge, as long as it hovers around the $10 mark.
Now, I know there must be at least a few honest-to-goodness rock and roll bars in Vancouver – but they’re not easy to find. So I’m turning this one over to you:
Do you have a favourite bar for live music? A place you can grab a casual drink and hear some good tunes? Please share your knowledge below.
I’ll start things off with a place I stumbled on recently. It’s hardly a new find or a hidden gem, but it definitely fits the bill. I’m talking about the old Fairview Pub, out on Broadway and Laurel Street.
Best Rock and Roll Bars in Vancouver? You make the call!