Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

 Dozens of Culture Days events, Word Vancouver, and Slow Fish Mystery Dinner are our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend – Friday through Sunday!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Vintage Bowling (and beer) at Canada’s Oldest Alley: Inside Vancouver’s historic 1930 Commodore Lanes

Photo credit: Richelle Akimow | Flickr

When it comes to Vancouver icons, most everyone has heard of the Commodore Ballroom.  The classy, Art Deco nightclub on Granville Street has been hosting big name music acts since it opened its doors in 1929.  Today, you can still bust a move on the famous, horsehair-padded dance floor (for extra oomph).

But did you know that directly beneath the club is Canada’s oldest bowling alley? Commodore Lanes was opened in 1930 – only months after the Ballroom – and has operated continuously ever since.

Follow the neon Billiards and Bowling sign on Granville Street down a set of concrete stairs and you’ll discover a little piece of Vancouver history that’s still alive and kicking.  Downstairs is an open, 18,800-square-foot room filled with the thunk and clatter of balls crashing into pins.  There are twelve lanes of five-pin bowling, pool tables, foosball and pinball machines and – of course – a licensed lounge serving jugs of Granville Island beer.

The place is truly a step back in time – right down to the lingering smell of cigarette smoke from nearly a century of toking that still clings to its walls. Continue reading:
Vintage Bowling (and beer) at Canada’s Oldest Alley: Inside Vancouver’s historic 1930 Commodore Lanes