Cocktails and Live Music: The Best of Gastown's Nightlife

We each have our own idea of what makes for a great night out and Gastown has a solid selection that's got something for everyone. 

If it's a quiet night with a glass of wine in a space where you can have a great conversation (without having to yell over the music), Salt Tasting Room on Blood Alley provides a cozy and casual space that's ideal for that kind of night.

When you feel like dressing up and doing something classy, head to Mosquito and check out Vancouver's only dessert and champagne bar. The slick ambiance, wonderful service, stunning desserts and excellent champagne list makes for a perfect date night or evening with the girls.

When it's a DJ you want, it's a DJ you'll get at Alexander Gastown. This beautiful heritage space is spread over three levels and there's plenty of seating throughout the space if you want to kick back and relax. When you want to bust a move, there's also a dance floor. The entertainment rotates regularly so check their website to see who's performing.

Live music can also be found at Guilt & Co. This basement venue is cozy and provides an intimate space to catch a show and enjoy a cocktail or two.

The Bourbon
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The Bourbon isn't fancy and it's a place where jeans and t-shirts are welcome, making it part of the appeal. It different from all of Vancouver's other nightlife because it's the city's only country bar with an electric bull. And, let's be real,...  Read More

Alibi Room


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A great mix of music, cocktails and a beautiful heritage space that's spread over three levels is what makes Alexander Gastown a fun place to spend the evening. Each night brings something different; from comedy shows and live music to DJs and...  Read More


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