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Welcome to Vancouver! This gorgeous city has plenty to offer, such as beautiful scenery, lively shopping districts, historical landmarks, and an array of different restaurants to fit your tastes. Besides these amazing components that make up our beautiful city, Vancouver also has a dynamic and unique nightlife! While you are here, stay up to see what this city has to offer – from animated streets filled with music to the hustle and bustle of bars and nightclubs all over the downtown core.

Keefer Bar

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Located in the heart of Chinatown, this bar offers a unique experience with their award-winning cocktails. Their bartenders have perfected the art of mixology and consistently sit among the most impressive in Downtown Vancouver. Having been nominated throughout the years as one of the best bars in Downtown and rated 83rd best bar around the world in 2017, this place is sure to offer an experience like no other. The outside fireplace creates the perfect patio atmosphere and with their list of exclusive drinks, this bar is a must see if you are passing through Vancouver’s historic Chinatown!

Where: 135 Keefer Street

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 4:00pm-1:00am, Friday to Saturday 4:00pm-2am

Website: https://www.thekeeferbar.com/

Uva Wine Bar

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The UVA Wine Bar carries an assortment of cocktails, wines, beers, and is known as one of Vancouver’s best wine cocktail bars. It has been given much recognition, taking the top prize for “The Best Wine Bar” from 2010 to 2017 and was awarded second place for the best cocktail bar in 2015. If you are interested in trying a variety of rare wines, the UVA lounge is the perfect place to spend a night out with family and friends!

Where: 900 Seymour Street

Hours: Monday to Sunday 2pm-2am

Website: https://www.uvavancouver.com/

Six Acres

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Head to the end of Gastown, where you will find Six Acres situated in the Alabama Building. This authentic heritage bar offers a wide variety of beer and ale from around the world, as well as a stunning list of wines and cocktails to choose from. The rustic interior of this bar paired with classic share plates with surely have you coming back for a second visit!

Where: 203 Carrall Street

Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am-12am, Friday 11am-1am, Saturday 10:30am-1am, Sunday 10:30am-11pm

Website: https://www.sixacres.ca/

The Cambie

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Vancouver’s oldest still-standing bar was almost shut down this year, but thankfully it’s been saved, so do yourself a favor and check It out. While most known for their student-friendly special nights and cheap pub grub, the Cambie also houses a hostel on the second floor.

Where: 300 Cambie St

Hours: Sunday to Thursday 8am-2am, Friday to Saturday 8am-3am

Website: http://cambiepubs.com/

Nobody saw it coming, but soon enough, good old-fashioned vinyl records will outsell CDs for the first time since the 80s. And if you’re in the mood to start (or perhaps restart) your record collection, look no further than Vancouver. The city’s known for its bustling culture of vintage shopping, and nothing screams vintage more than vinyl – so here’s a handy list of five great Vancouver record shops.

Neptoon Records

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Vancouver’s oldest independent record is a favorite of local residents due to its massive collection of new and used records (the largest in the city) as well as the famed, limited-release selections one can find here every Record Store on April 18th.

Where: 3561 Main Street

Hours: Monday to Saturday 11am-6:30pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm

Website: http://neptoon.com/

Beat Street Records

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Located just a minute’s walk from the Lookout, this renown shop carries approximately 50,000 records in stock – so you can’t go wrong here, whether you’re looking for a shiny new release, rare collector’s item, or something from the bargain bin. They also sell DJ supplies, vintage collectibles, and even cassettes, making this a heaven for music lovers. And unlike most other Vancouver vinyl stores, they’re also willing to buy your records – visit their website to learn more!

Where: 439 W Hastings Street

Hours: Sunday to Tuesday 12pm-6pm, Wednesday to Thursday 12pm-7pm, Friday and Saturday 12pm-8pm

Website: https://www.beatstreet.ca/

Noize to Go Records

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Recently finding a new home on Union Street in 2014 after being evicted from its previous location, this small and charming shop on the of edge of Chinatown specializes in second-hand and collectible records. Friendly, knowledgeable staff make it easy to locate whatever rare album you’ve been itching to put your hands on. The owner, Dale Weise, has been a mainstay of the Vancouver vinyl community for years, so you can be certain you’re in good hands when you visit his shop.

Where: 243 Union Street

Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 12:30pm-6:30pm, Sunday 1pm-5:30pm, Monday 2:30pm-6:30pm

Website: https://www.facebook.com/noizetogo/

Red Cat Records

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Recently voted by customers as one of the ten best independent record shops in Canada (CBC Radio 3 Searchlight), this quirky store is so-named after Buddy the Cat, who unfortunately passed away in 2006 (but not before leaving behind a great legacy, including a concept album by Ray Cooder that was inspired by him). The gang at Red Cat has recently opened a second location in the Hasting-Sunrise neighborhood. Both locations have a fantastic library of new and used vinyl as well as an assortment of turntables and speakers. Make sure to check out their website’s “staff top 10 lists” section for some great recommendations.

Where: 4332 Main Street and 2447 E Hastings Street

Hours:

  • Main Street location: Monday to Thursday 11am-7pm, Friday to Saturday 11am-8pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.
  • Hastings location: Monday to Thursday 11am-6:30pm, Friday to Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.

Website: http://redcat.ca/

Zulu Records

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Though a little ways away from downtown Vancouver, Zulu Records was a finalist in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight contest to find Canada’s best record shop – and they have much more than just vinyl. They sell silkscreen posters, turntable equipment, concert tickets, and even host the occasional live performance of a local band or artist. Also under the same roof as Zulu Records you can find

Videomatica, a specialty video store where you can find a wide variety of blu-rays, DVDs and even laserdiscs (yes, those still exist).

Where: 1972 W 4th Avenue

Hours: Monday to Wednesday 10:30am-7pm, Thursday to Friday 10:30am-9pm, Saturday 9:30am-6:30pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

Website: http://www.zulurecords.com/

If you’ve been following the local news at all, you’ll know that the talk of the town in Vancouver since early December has been snow and ice – and salt. Although winters in Vancouver are usually known to be mild and rainy, this year we’ve been getting snowfall after snowfall. And while the residents may complain, for tourist it means you can finally enjoy a true Canadian winter right in the city.

 

Hit the Mountains

Vancouver is renowned for its proximity to mountains that offer all kinds of winter (and summer) activities. Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour are located across from Vancouver on the North Shore, and have been getting lots of snow this year. All are quickly reached from downtown Vancouver, and offer lessons, rentals and night time skiing, as well as many other winter activities.

Cypress Mountain offers the highest vertical rise of the North Shores. It is the most popular with locals, with amazing views and the greatest number of expert runs. Having hosted the freestyle skiing and snowboarding events for the 2010 Winter Olympics, it also boasts 5 terrain parks. If cross-country is more your thing, you’ll find 19km of trails, as well as snowshoe trails.

Grouse Mountain is one of Vancouver’s biggest attractions, where the Skyride Gondola will bring you right to the top. It offers great skiing, again with amazing views, but if you prefer a more relaxed day, Grouse Mountain is the place for you. Excellent dining, a theatre, snowshoeing, zip-lining and even skating await you at the Peak of Vancouver.

The eastern-most mountain, Mount Seymour is perhaps lesser known with tourists. A great choice for families or beginners, it receives the most snowfall of the North Shores, and also has snowshoeing, tobogganing and snow tubing.

 

Go Skating

Unlike most of Canada, winters in Vancouver rarely dip below freezing, making outdoor ice skating rather unlikely. Luckily, we’ve got Robson Square Ice Rink, right in the heart of downtown. Located next to the Vancouver Art Gallery, steps from the Robson Street shopping district, it is open from 9am to 9pm daily (11pm on Friday and Saturday). With free access to the rink and $4 skate rentals, skating at Robson Square is a Vancouver winter-time favourite.

However, if you are hoping for the real Canadian experience of skating on a frozen pond, you might just be in luck. For the first time in 20 years, Trout Lake in East Vancouver completely froze over in early January and was opened to the public for skating by the Vancouver Park Board. This is weather dependent, so visit their website for updates on weather, conditions and closures.

Robson Square

 

See Holiday Lights

There’s something magical in walking around on a cool winter’s night surrounded by snow and colourful lights. Most holiday light displays have come and gone, but the Lights at Lafarge in Coquitlam are your last chance to explore the magic. Easily accessible thanks to the Skytrain Millennium Line extension to Lafarge Lake – Douglas; it is open daily from 4:30 to 11 pm. Until January 22, see over 100,000 lights at the Winter Light Display, as you walk the 1.2 km loop around Lafarge Lake through 10 different themes.

 

Catch a Hockey Game

While it isn’t an outdoor activity, going to a hockey game is a true Canadian winter-time experience. The Vancouver Canucks are the local NHL team, vying for the Stanley Cup. While the team has been struggling to stay in a fighting position lately, attending a game is still a guaranteed exciting evening. Upcoming games at Rogers Arena are January 17, against Nashville, January 20 against Florida, and February 2nd against San Jose.

Rogers Arena

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