Stadium concerts have their virtues, but there is nothing quite like seeing your favourite band in an intimate venue. Below, our list of Vancouver’s best spots for catching live music in a small venue.
Blending a New Orleans vibe with West Coast design, this two-level club offers something for every music lover, from rock, blues and jazz to funk, world music and country. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Vancouver FanClub, 1050 Granville St., 604-689-7720, vancouverfanclub.ca
Live acts and hot DJs get this two-level joint jumping, right in the heart of downtown’s entertainment district. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Venue Nightclub, 881 Granville St., 604-646-0064, venuelive.ca
Expect the unexpected when it comes to performers at this live music and show space, from up-and-coming bands to burlesque productions to comedians. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Biltmore Cabaret, 2755 Prince Edward St., 604-676-0541, biltmorecabaret.com
Everyone from U2 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Police and Lady Gaga has performed in this, one of Vancouver’s most elegant rooms, built in the 1920s. The live music hot spot is renowned for a springy dance floor that encourages dancing the night away. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville St., 604-739-7469, Facebook page
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The Media Club
This intimate space for live music is tucked away under the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The spot is a popular rendez-vous for Vancouver’s rock and indie fans. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
The Media Club, 695 Cambie St., 604-608-2871, themediaclub.ca
Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club
Catch international jazz stars, often performing with local musicians, in an 85-seat live music venue that is certainly one of the city’s best spots to listen to jazz. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club, 3611 W. Broadway, 604-738-1959, cellarjazz.com
The Railway Club
Grab a microbrew or an espresso martini and get ready to dance, dance, dance. Open since 1931, the Rail has launched many musicians’ careers, including k.d. lang and Spirit of the West. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
The Railway Club, 579 Dunsmuir St., 604-681-1625, therailwayclub.com
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You never know who might be tickling the ivories of the Lobby Lounge’s stunning white Fazioli piano, worth $225,000, which travelled all the way to Vancouver from Italy. See the list of upcoming live music shows here.
Lobby Lounge, Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place Way, 604-695-5300, website