Take a stroll down memory lane by reminiscing over some of Metro Vancouver’s most beloved nightclubs and pubs that we have sadly lost over the years.
Beloved Nightclubs Lost But Not Forgotten
What some may not know is that Brandi’s Show Lounge used to be occupied by this hotspot. Level 5 was situated on the fifth floor of the space at 595 Hornby Street.
This was the place to be in the ’80s. It was a popular place to soak up live music and go dancing. A lot of well-known DJs first got their start here. Graceland was located at 1250 Richards Street.
After nearly a decade of awesome parties, many were sad to see the Gastown club close their doors back in 2004. There was a lot of violence in the area at the time, contributing to its closure. A fatal shooting occurred right on the front steps of the club. It was located near the Old Spaghetti Factory on Water Street.
It’s now Yaletown’s Bar None but it used to be a hot gay club with a cool vibe and eclectic music. It closed down in the early ’90s.
The Town Pump
Another party spot in Gastown, they specialized in rock music. They hosted the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and No Doubt. It was open from 1983 to 1997.
A place that is fondly remembered as having an epic ’80s theme night. It was a sad time when they closed down in 2003 after nearly three decades. Many celebrities frequented here, including Johnny Depp, Mark Wahlberg, Marilyn Mansion, U2, Pearl Jam and more.
Where everybody knows your name (kind of)—the Delta nightclub was just demolished last year. They once hosted a Backstreet Boys concert after-party in ’98. NHL player Garrett Burnett was struck over the head with a barstool here, giving him injuries that would cost him his career.
An awesome spot to show off your moves, with a huge dance floor and awesome DJs. It was located at 1320 Richards Street.
A great place to spend a Friday night in the ’90s. It was destroyed to make way for new real estate developments.
Richards on Richards
This place was legendary, and well-missed among Vancouverites. In 2009, it was torn down for a condo development. It was located at 1036 Richards Street.
A hotspot in the ’00s that just closed down last year. They played a lot of dance beats and it was always a busy place to go. It was located at 674 Seymour Street.
The Steel Monkey
A Coquitlam nightclub at 2745 Barnet Highway. It was a more affordable spot with $1 tequila and high-ball nights. It’s since been replaced with a Milestones restaurant.
A fun spot to hit up on the weekends, lots of cheap drinks and good times were had here. It was located at 7300 King George Highway.
The Shaggy Horse
A once popular gay club back in the ’70s, this was the spot to be on the weekends. It was located at 818 Richards Street.
The Cellar Jazz Club
It was known as being one of the greatest places to listen to jazz in the world. They closed their doors in 2014 after 14 years in business. They were located in Kits at 3611 Broadway.
Very popular among the college kid crowd with cheap drink specials and a big dance floor. They closed down in 2009 and were located at 1312 Southwest Marine Drive.
The Big Bamboo
They gave local talent a chance, including Burnaby’s own Michael Buble. The singer took the stage as part of a contest and was a huge hit, but was later disqualified because he was underage.
With a large dance floor and good drinks, this was a fun party spot for locals. It was located at 750 Pacific Street. It’s now home to the Plaza of Nations.
The Big Easy
A nightclub that was located at 1055 Homer Street. It was a popular place to go to hit up the dance floor.
This nightclub is thought of fondly by those who visited. They had “battle of the band” contests and were a relatively cheap place to go on a Friday night in the ’80s. It was located at 1136 West Georgia.
A Vancouver nightclub that was known for being punk-alternative. It was popular in the ’90s and is missed by those who partied there.
A fun place to party the night away on Lonsdale in North Vancouver.
Everyone in Surrey remembers partying here. They closed down in 2014 after an impressive 18 years. It was located at 15330 102A Avenue and is now replaced with Taphouse.
What are some of your favourite Metro Vancouver nightclubs of the past? Let us know in the comments below!
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