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Formerly North America’s last-standing 35 mm porn movie theater, The Fox Cabaret on Main Street has since been restored as a hip, unique club and modern live music venue. Bringing independent music, art, performance, and entertainment together in one place, The Fox Cabaret is a beautiful cultural space. Upstairs in the former cinema’s projection booth, there’s also a cocktail and snack bar. Prepare yourself for leopard print walls, a sparkle inlaid bar, pink mirror tables, and moody pendant lights.
A renowned music venue, Commodore Ballroom is known for its greatdance floor and lengthy list of iconic performers, such as Duke Ellington, Sammy Davis Jr., U2, KISS and Weezer. The ballroom opened its doors in 1929 and has since been synonymous with Vancouver entertainment and nightlife. Spacious yet intimate, Commodore also boasts two floors and multiple bars, which helps speed up lines while waiting to order a drink.
Commodore Ballroom, 868 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; +1 604 739 4550
With pub grub, craft beers and a bohemian vibe, The Railway Club is one of Vancouver’s longest continually operating stand-alone music venues, occupying the same space uninterrupted since 1931. The venue has distinguished itself among others by hosting some of the world’s most innovative touring acts as well as local bands, and it has an unmistakable club feel from a bygone area. Honest and a little rowdy with lots of character, this venue is a must-see when in Vancouver.
The Railway Club, 518 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; +1 604 6811625
A modern hipster style live music venue, nightclub and lounge, Electric Owl offers a fine selection of cocktails and local craft beers to enjoy while watching artists like Tycho, Purity Ring, Flume, and King Khan & the BBQ. Neon lights, hanging disco balls, and karaoke lights make up the funky space, and it is the best of both worlds – mellow some nights, a non-stop dance party the next. If you’re an indie music fan, don’t miss Electric Owl.
Electric Owl, 926 Main Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; +1 604 558 0928
Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Vogue Theatre is one of the few venues left standing from Vancouver’s historic “Theatre Row” – a celebrated street of high-class theatres from the mid-1900s. A defining architectural achievement of the city, the Vogue brings a vintage feel to modern music performances. While it still hosts theatrical plays, it also caters to dancing in a hyped-up crowd while listening to modern electronic music.
Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; +1 604 569 1144
Julianna Roche is resides in Boston, Mass., where she is pursuing her master’s degree in Communication Studies from Boston University. She has a bachelor’s in Journalism and Italian Studies, and is a dual-citizen in the U.S. and Italy. She enjoys cooking, traveling, running and spending time with her dog.