A Look Back At Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightclubs From The ’80s, ’90s, ’00s

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If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the city’s hottest clubs in the 80s, 90s and 00s, you’re in luck. Here’s a blast from the past with some of Vancouver’s most popular nightclubs.

Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightclubs From The ’80s


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Photo: Graceland Early History

A triple threat as it was a nightclub, live music venue and art gallery, all rolled into one. It was located at 1250 Richards Street. Many popular DJs first got their start from Graceland.

Gandy Dancer

The gay club was a hit with its eclectic music and atmosphere. It closed down in the early 90s and became Yaletown’s Bar None.

The Town Pump

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Photo: Town Pump/Pinterest

A popular Gastown venue for rock music in particular. It ran from 1983 to 1997 and hosted some impressive talent, including Nirvana, No Doubt and Pearl Jam.

Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightclubs From The ’90s


This hot spot was in business for an impressive three decades before closing their doors in 2003. They were mostly known for their iconic 80s theme nights. Celebrities were often spotted here when in town, including Mark Wahlberg, Johnny Depp, U2, Pearl Jam, Tom Cruise and Marilyn Manson.


A popular spot in the 90s, this Delta nightclub was just recently demolished last year. It was a sad day for locals who had fond memories of partying there. In their glory days, they even hosted a Backstreet Boys concert after party in the Summer of 1998. There was a high-profile incident where NHL player Garrett Burnett was struck over the head with a barstool. He was in a coma for 20 days, and the BC government sued the nightclub’s former owners. The injury cost Burnett his NHL career.

Starfish Room

The live music nightclub was a popular spot to hang out on a Friday night. It was sadly demolished to make room for new real estate developments.

Richards on Richards

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Photo: Richards on Richards/Facebook

A favourite among locals, the nightclub was torn down back in 2009. It was a popular spot in the 90s with its eclectic vibe. Now, a condo development resides in its place at 1036 Richards Street.

The Big Bamboo

A popular nightclub that gave local talent a chance to sing for a crowd. They once held a contest in which Michael Buble took to the stage in 1993, while the party-goers loved him, he was disqualified because he was only 18 (and not allowed in the club) at the time.

Purple Onion

After nine epic years in business, the Gastown nightclub shut down in 2004. They were known for having an awesome lineup of local DJs and live performers. There was a fatal shooting that occurred right on the front doorsteps of the nightclub. It closed down because the city decided to focus more on nightlife on Granville Street. It had a prime location right on Water Street near the Old Spaghetti Factory.

Level 5

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Level 5 night club turned into Brandis Show Lounge.

The Level 5 nightclub was located on the 5th floor at 595 Hornby Street, which is now being occupied by Brandis Show Lounge. The exotic dancing establishment has been Vancouver’s premier show lounge for over 15 years.

Vancouver’s Most Popular Nightclubs From The Early ’00s

The Cellar Jazz Club

Established in 2000, it was located in Kits at 3611 Broadway. It was the place to go for great music, delicious food and have a drink with friends. It was said to be one of the best jazz clubs in the world, but they closed their doors in 2014.

Au Bar

Situated at 674 Seymour Street, the nightclub had DJs spinning the most popular dance beats, which drew in lots of crowds on the weekends. It was popular in the ’00s but they closed their doors just last year.


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Photo: Mirage/Facebook

The Surrey nightclub was a hit in the 2000s but they closed down in 2014 after 18 years in business. It was located at 15330 102A Avenue. While it is sadly missed, it was replaced by Taphouse, which brings in a big crowd on weekends.

What nightclubs were your favourite that are now closed down? Let us know in the comments below!

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