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5 Ways To Enjoy Vancouver’s Nightlife Without Partying

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We’ve all had those times where we run out of things to when hanging out with our friends and/or significant other. When you’re stuck, where do you go? What do you do?

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Our handy guide gives you a rundown of all the things to do in Vancouver at night this summer so you’re never stuck again!

Storm Crow


What’s better than a pub where you can play games AND drink beers? Storm Crow Tavern, or as they call themselves, ‘the original nerd bar’, is known for its variety of board games, relaxed atmosphere, and pop culture references. Open till 1am Monday to Saturday and midnight on Sundays, Stormcrow welcomes anyone and everyone a place to hang out, whether it’s to read a book or to challenge a friend to a game.

Outdoor Theatre

Theatre-under-the-stars3via Theatre Under The Stars

Both Bard On The Beach and Theatre Under The Stars happen in Downtown Vancouver, each with their unique features. Bard On The Beach is a Shakespearian festival that comes to Vanier Park every summer, running from June 3rd to September 24th. This year, there are four shows being shown, including Romeo and Juliet, The Merry Wives Of Windsor, Othello, and Pericles.

Theatre Under The Stars (TUTS) is a non-profit program that values teaching, whether that be through actors or musicians. Holding annual shows in the Stanley Park Malkin Bowl, TUTS has been around since 1940. This summer, both Beauty and The Beast and West Side Story will be playing. Be sure to get some tickets, they’re selling out fast!


Sunsetvia Vancity HotShots/Flickr

As the days get longer and longer, there’s an abundance of sunsets. What’s better than watching a beautiful sunset on a beach in Vancouver? (The answer is nothing.) Vancouver offers several prime ray catching spots, including Spanish Banks, English Bay, Whytecliff Park, and Lighthouse Park. You can even follow the times per day using the time and date chart provided, ensuring that you soak in as many radiant sunsets as possible.

Sin City

Sin Cityvia Vancouver Police Museum

For those who love the movie Sin City (or just crime and history in general), dreams can finally be turned into reality. The Vancouver Police Museum hosts a ‘Sins Of The City’ walking tour, guiding people around what Vancouver’s shady history used to be like. Every topic gets covered, from opium dens to prohibition. There are three different types of tours: Red Light Rendezvous, Vice Dice & Opium Pipes, and Walking The Beat. An added bonus is that the price of admission for the walking tour comes with free access to the Vancouver Police Museum and all its exhibits!


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Every Saturday from 6 – 9.30pm , the Pan Pacific restaurant, Café Pacifica, hosts an Italian Opera Buffet. The perfect mix for those who want to try something new, and for those who just want a classy night out. With opera singers providing entertainment while the guests are dining and spectacular views of the harbour in the background, it’s an event everyone has to experience at least once in their lifetime. The buffet comes with delectable Italian food, with the chefs personalizing the pasta to fit each persons tastes, making it heartwarming for both the tastebuds and the soul.

There’s also the annual Honda Celebration Of Light, which has been a Vancouver tradition since 1990. This year, it will be taking place on July 23rd, 27th, and 30th at English Bay. The countries represented will be the Netherlands, Australia and USA – in order of the days.

Outdoor movies at Stanley Park are also a notable event you do not want to miss.

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