LGBTQ Bars

1181

Website: 1181.ca

Looking for some New York state of mind? Then this is the place for you. Featuring cocktails and martinis crafted with care, and a wine selection far superior to any of the other bars in Davie Village, it’s high style at not to high a mark up. On weekend nights plan to get their early, as the establishment definitely fits its original, but rejected by the liquor board, name: TIGHT.

 

Celebrities

Website: celebritiesnightclub.com

Consistently voted Vancouver’s #1 Gay club in the Georgia Straight’s Annual Best of Vancouver issue, which is proof that the straight kids are voting in this category!

Celebrities is one of the city’s largest liquor licensed venues, and the place to be on any given Tuesday night for the under 30 crowd. Wednesday the evening starts with Gay Bingo from 8-10pm, a staple of Davie Village for years, and something that must be experienced at least once. Thursday nights feature Hard Candy, a strip night that takes over where the defunct Odyssey’s Shower Power left off. The $5 cover, free for student’s before 10:30pm, means this night is just as populated by UBC girls as it is the local gay crowd. Stereotype Fridays – well, really, the name says it all. Saturdays Blueprint Events brings you some of the hottest DJ’s on the planet: expect to pay accordingly. Sunday and Monday the club is closed, special events excepted, notably long weekend Sundays when Restricted Entertainment, producers of Sin City put on different events here.

 

Club 560

Website: club560.com

560 is Vancouver’s newest gay-friendly establishment, that’s once again re-inventing itself. Home to some of the cities hottest occasional parties, the venue is BIG – so big, unfortunately, that it’s been hard to fill on a regular weeknight basis. Featuring a bathroom/bar/dance-floor that fills the lower level, it’s something that has to be experienced to truly be believed.

Check out PRIAPE’s Hard Party when it happens here, or experience Cirque Fridays, which on any given night might feature fire jugglers entertaining the outside line up, or circus aerialists wowing the crowds inside.


The Fountainhead

Website: thefountainheadpub.com

Despite Score’s aspirations, The Fountainhead remains Davie Village’s hockey bar. Featuring a great pub menu, a fabulous year round patio, and regular community events in addition to it’s darts league nights, the Fountainhead is one of Davie Village’s most welcoming establishments.

 

The Junction

Website: junctionpub.com

The Junction is the Davie Village’s hybrid establishment – daytime pub, night time nightclub and heir to The Odyssey’s crowd (and some of it’s former staff, for that matter.) Featuring a fabulous wooden patio that’s perfect for whiling away summer days, you’re guaranteed a great view to go with some good food. Late night it’s one of the hottest places to be any given night of the week, with a crowd that skews towards the young, and those who refuse to given up on the idea that they still are.

 

Numbers

Website: numbers.ca

While the club feature’s gay Vancouver’s worst website, the bar itself promises fablous times. Number’s certainly lives up to it’s billing as a “Cruisey Dance Bar,” and as Vancouver’s oldest gay bar it’s  a Davie Village institution. Upstairs features a Karaokee room open 7 nights a week, and the various week nights feature different djs.

 

Oasis

Website: oasisondavie.com

Monday features the Tops & Bottoms Queer Improv show at 7pm. Karaoke Tuesdays give you a chance to let your idol out from 8pm onwards. Cheap Date Wednesday’s features drink specials and 2 for 1 appies. Thursdays is Junk, a “montreal-style” strip night. Gay Fridays feature DJ’s Jeffery Micheal and Zach Shore. Saturday is Peaches, Vancouver’s dedicated ladies night, with DJs Kasha Kennedy, Kasey Riot and guests. Social Sundays still play poor cousin to The PumpJack, but if you’re looking for food to go with that cheap beer this might just be the place to start.


The PumpJack

Website: pumpjackpub.com

Visit any city in the world and mention Vancouver’s gay scene, and the bar you’ll get asked about is The PumpJack. Rumour has it that it’s Vancouver’s leather bar, it’s bear bar, the place the old guard go to drink. While it’s true that it welcomes all of those, and occasionally holds events that cater to them, the truth is that it’s welcoming to everyone. The PumpJack is that rarest of establishments here in Vancouver, not a pub (despite the web address), not a wine bar or a cocktail bar, but simply a bar. The staff is amongst the friendliest you’ll find in the city. (Full disclosure: I was a member of that staff for nine years, so you might think me biased.) Think “Gay Cheers” and you’re not too far off from best describing The PumpJack.

The various nights feature different specials, Saturdays often play host to various leather and fetish events, and Sunday The PumpJack is the place to be in Davie Village, featuring one of Vancouver’s cheapest pints and some of it’s best company.

Score

Website: scoreondavie.com

Score is the bar in Davie Village for sports. While just about everywhere shows hockey, if you’re looking for soccer, football, NBA or MMA action, then Score is the bar for you. With lots of big screen TVs, including 3 giant ones that form the back drop to the bar, you can look forward to seeing every basket, every goal, and every great set of legs or abs in full HD details.

Score also features a great menu and usually fabulous fresh sheet. Relatively quiet at lunch, it’s a great spot for a business meeting or quiet date, while dinners are busier, but never so busy that the service suffers.

 

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