When you’re in the mood for a good burger, nothing will feel quite as satisfying as that moment when you get to sink your teeth into a perfectly juicy patty. The same goes for partying to a specific genre of music.
Satisfy your need to dance with our list of Vancouver nightspots to hit up when you’re craving a specific genre of music. From country and jazz all the way to rap and dubstep, here are 13 places to listen to your jam.
Known for their BBQ, live music, and in-house mechanical bull, The Yale Saloon is one of Vancouver’s only country blues BBQ joints in the city. Bring an empty stomach, pull up a pair of cowboy boots, and try your luck on the bull before spending the rest of your evening line dancing the night away.
Head to The Roxy on Sundays for country and western tunes all night long played by in house DJs and the live band, Locked & Loaded. Located smack dab in the middle of the Granville strip, Sunday nights at The Roxy are like an institution.
A staple of the Davie nightlife scene, Celebrities showcases the best in local and international EDM talent nearly every day of the week. Roll through any one of their weekly events and you’ll be blown away by their consistently high quality levels of production and sound.
Top 40 and Hip Hop Club Hits
If you have the newest song by Drake or Rihanna stuck in your head, an evening dancing at Caprice Nightclub will cure what ails you. Round up your crew and prepare to enjoy the latest and greatest in popular top 40 and hip hop music every weekend at one of the nightclub’s benchmark nights hosted by Soulgood or LCU Nightlife.
Open every single day of the week, Republic will always be there for you. Whether you’re looking to dance to Beyonce with your single ladies on a Monday night or soak in the newest Kendrick Lamar record on a Saturday night, Republic will always rise to the occasion.
Live Jazz and Indie Bands
Punctuated by the delicious food and inventive cocktails, the Revel Room is a beacon of Southern hospitality in the middle of Gastown. The intimate room also plays host to a selection of live bands six days a week who play everything from rockabilly and Texas swing to jazz blues and soul.
Hosting a wide range of local musicians almost every day of the week, Guilt & Company also boasts a large menu of small bites and delectable libations to satisfy even the most discerning of patrons. Depending on the day of the week you may find yourself being entertained by the smooth and soulful voice of David Morin or the upbeat surf vibes of Leisure Club.
Deep House and Techno
Once described as a shining UFO hiding under the cobblestones of Gastown, M.I.A. is one of the best places in the city to sink into the deeper end of house and techno. Fitted with a Funktion One sound system, expect to hear only the greatest bass heavy selections from an impressive roster of both local and international DJs.
Dubstep and Drum n Bass
Produced by Digital Motion Events, SUBculture Saturdays is the premiere spot in Vancouver to see the best drum and bass, dubstep, and bass music DJs each and every week. Building a strong community following solely based around the music played at this weekly just goes to show how incredibly diverse Vancouver’s local music scene is right now.
Classic Rap and Hip Hop
A maritime style pub serving delicious food and a massive selection of beers during the day, Portside converts into a full on night club every weekend with a focus on classic rap and hip hop bangers. Often helmed by resident DJs RHEK, Relly Rels, and Nick Bike, a stop here on the weekend will have all the ladies in the place with style and grace throwing their hands up in the air.
If platinum era hip hop and R&B is your jam, Friday nights at the Biltmore Cabaret will be your peanut butter. Join local selectors Dr. Seiz, Flipout, Seko, Cherchez, Killing Time, Relly Rels, Cam Crillz, Wobangs, Kookum, and Sailor Gerry playing out your favourite tracks from 1996 to 2009.
Rap and Trap
Head to Fortune Sound Club in Chinatown on any given Friday or Saturday night and you can be sure of a few things. One, the staff are going to be amazing. Two, the drinks will be flowing. And three, the latest and greatest tracks in rap and trap will be banging all night long.
Alexander Gastown is home to a few special people who help make it one of the best places to hear the latest in rap, trap and hip hop every weekend – namely DJs Marlon J English, Flipout, and P-Luv. Masters of their craft, you can be sure that you’ll be dancing to the latest tracks by Migos and Future faster than you can figure out what floor the washrooms are on.