From Indie Rock to Smooth Jazz, Vancouver's Live Music Sings

There’s nothing better than seeing your favorite band perform live, especially if it's in an intimate venue where there isn't a bad seat in the house. Vancouver’s music scene brings up-and-coming bands and famous musicians to the stage. From cozy venues that fit 350 people to huge stadiums, the city's got it all.

For live tunes, tasty food and yummy cocktails head to Calabash Caribbean Bistro. This restaurant and lounge serves up Caribbean culture in the form of food and music and art - it's a chill space with a good mix of people.

The Commodore Ballroom and Vogue Theatre on Granville Street attract well-known artists, along with up-and-coming bands from around the world. The limited capacity means that you’re guaranteed a good view from any spot in the house. The Granville Street Entertainment district is where you'll find a handful of different venues, many of which are rich in history and have been around for decades. 

If you like a laid back atmosphere, a solid section of craft beer, and indie bands, head to The Cobalt on Main Street for a fun night. An added bonus? The tickets are inexpensive and the drinks are reasonably priced. When they're not hosting concerts, they're busy hosting pinball tournaments and dance parties.

When your feeling fancy, head to the Fairmont Pacific Rim's Lobby Lounge & Raw Bar. This hotel lobby is always busy, especially with the after work crowd during the week. Pair the live music with cocktails and delicious sushi and you've got a winning recipe for a good night.

Whether you're in the mood to fire it up on the dance floor or enjoy a casual drink with chill tunes, these venues are worth checking out.



Formerly known as the Railway Club (until 2016), the Railway Stage & Beer Cafe has been around since 1931 and has hosted live music since 1981. Not long ago, the fate of this beloved venue was up in the air until new owners could secure its...  Read More



Look for the bright neon sign that says "Patricia" along East Hastings Street and you're in for a special surprise. This hidden gem of a brew pub offers a charming atmosphere that's complemented by cold beer and hearty food. While this pub...  Read More



For years now, Calabash Caribbean Bistro has been a mainstay for Caribbean food and live music in Vancouver. After a visit, you'll see why. Head downstairs to the lounge where you'll find a cozy venue that hosts live music and DJs, depending...  Read More

Fortune Sound Club


Most nights, Fortune Sound Club brings local and international DJs to the stage to create an all-night dance party, but you'll also find live music too. Perched at the top of a dimly lit staircase in Vancouver's Chinatown, Fortune is a local...  Read More

East Side


This small venue attracts some of the best up and coming bands and DJs from around the world. With a capacity of 350, it may be one of the best shows you will see before the band makes it big. The atmosphere is dimly lit with rich reds and...  Read More



If there's one hotel that's a good time every night of the week, it's the Fairmont Pacific Rim. This luxury hotel is home to the Lobby Lounge and RawBar, where live music and fancy cocktails make for a chummy pair. With its sprawling...  Read More



Along the cobbled streets of Gastown, you'll find an underground lounge where live music and cocktails mingle. Located below The Local Gastown, you'll find the space is cozy and intimate. Feeling peckish? There are plenty of casual bites that...  Read More

Granville Street
Commodore Ballroom


Located on the Granville Street strip, the Commodore Ballroom can hold about 1000 people inside the 75-year-old building. Though the venue isn't huge, you would be surprised at the big names that have played there over the years. Everyone...  Read More

Granville Street


Established in 1941, the Vogue Theatre Vancouver has become a landmark amongst the city's performing arts. Nuzzled along the bright lights of Granville Street, Vancouver's entertainment distract, the Vogue is a popular venue that attracts acts...  Read More

East Side


If The Cobalt's walls could talk, they'd have plenty stories to tell. Dating back to 1911, this building at the corner of Main and Prior has seen a lot. Inside this underground venue, you're surrounded by brick walls, wooden beams, and mood...  Read More


Meet Natasha John

Natasha is not born and raised in Vancouver, but is pretty certain it's her spirit hometown. After jumping around Canada, Texas, Arkansas and the UK, she has her feet firmly planted in...  More About Natasha