5 of the most intimate and low-key music venues in Vancouver

Sep 18 2018, 4:02 am

Going out in Vancouver can get old very quickly if you continue to re-visit the same spots.

You don’t have to go all-out to a nightclub to have a good time, nor do you have to settle for beers in a burger joint when you want something a little fancier on date night.

Meet somewhere in the middle at one of the city’s most intimate music venues. They offer a different kind of vibe as you feel the energy¬†of live performances all while sharing a night out with friends.

With that in mind, we teamed up with Chevrolet Spark (the car for city explorers) to give five of the most intimate music venues in Vancouver the credit they deserve. Oh, and to help you plan your weekend activities, obviously.


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If you’ve ever walked through Gastown and wondered what was at the end of the stairs on the corner of Alexander Street, this is the place. Guilt & Co has a dark, intimate space that’s perfect for live performances. Catch a show at the weekend and order some tasty bites at a candlelit table.

Address: 1 Alexander Street
Instagram: @guiltandco

Biltmore Cabaret


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The Biltmore has been a staple in Mount Pleasant for over 50 years as a bar and space for ground-breaking musical performances. The lineup of musicians playing here range from punk bands to DJs spinning soulful sounds, and you might even see a burlesque show taking place from time to time. It’s one of those places where you always have a good time.

Address: 2755 Prince Edward Street
Instagram: @biltmorecabaret

LanaLou’s Restaurant


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Unpretentious, cozy, and everything you’d want in a live music venue, LanaLou’s is where it’s at. Visit to hear local musicians performing in the intimate space filled with old-world decor. The menu is filled with all kinds of comfort food and brunch on Sundays, so you can even check it out before you attend a show.

Address: 362 Powell Street
Instagram: @lanalous

The China Cloud


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If you’ve been living in Vancouver for a while you already know that Main Street is home to some seriously cool bars and restaurants, and The China Cloud is no exception. It’s a multifunctional space which invites a diverse collective of artists and musicians for live performances. Check out the events calendar and plan a brilliant night out with live music in Vancouver.

Address: 524 Main Street
Instagram: #TheChinaCloud



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Throw it back to the age of glamour and decadence at Prohibition, located within Rosewood Hotel Georgia. It’s an intimate speakeasy but you don’t need a password to get in. Everything from the decor to the food is uber sophisticated and you can catch musicians performing live on select nights. Dress to impress even if it’s date night because this venue is divine.

Address: Rosewood Hotel Georgia,801 West Georgia Street
Instagram: @rwhotelgeorgia

The best part of discovering new music in your city is the chance to connect with new people and experiences. So it makes sense to have a fuel-efficient car that helps you stay connected. Chevrolet Spark does this by giving you all the tech you need on the go.

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This includes advanced phone integration such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,¬†MyLink with a 7‚ÄĚ capacitive touch screen available 4G LTE WiFi, a rearview camera, and 10 airbags.

If you choose the automatic transmission, you’ll save money on gas as it offers a highway fuel consumption rating of just 6.2 L/100 km.

Find out how the fuel-efficient car could work for your lifestyle here.

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