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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are only good if you have the right friends and know how to have fun without there being an actual party environment.

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4 College Senior

Party Scene: Many people perceive Vancouver to not have a nightlife. This is true if what you're looking for is an exciting club scene. Clubbing in Vancouver is expensive and in a lot of cases, not fun.

However, there are an abundance of fantastic and quirky bars that many students frequent during the week and on weekends that serve really great craft beers.

Be prepared to shell out some money as well, alcohol in Vancouver can get expensive.

Otherwise, there are many students who throw house parties/keggers which are also quite amazing

1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Boring parties. Will get bored within a year

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat parties are good-- sometimes. They get old pretty quick. However, one perk of actually being in the greek system (speaking from the experience of being in a sorority) is that you get to go to exclusive closed parties for free, with unlimited booze once you are there ;)

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: My friends and I usually get together Friday or Saturday and have fun (not gonna go into detail lol). We usually go to one of the house lounges since we live in residence, and most of us are not 19 yet (which will change next term and years to come). If you're 19-up, there's the Pit pub and Koerner's pub that a lot of friends of mine go to regularly. If you're willing to splash more cash, downtown has some amazing bars and clubs to go to as well.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's this?

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Vancouver is not a cheap city to live in. Living standards are high, so you can expect an average cover fee of about C$5 to C$25 just to enter the club, C$5 for coat check (it's cold—you will need a coat), and the cost of drinks is approximately C$5 a shot. It is not unusual to come out of a club C$50 to C$70 poorer than when you entered. Clubs do sometimes offer discounted or waived cover fees through their Facebook pages, but these often require you to be at the club by 10:30 p.m. and who even goes to a club that early? The good news is cover is often waived for girls before 11 p.m. Bars are a much cheaper alternative if you are simply looking for a night of drinks, but they do not pack the vibe of a club, so they won't be an alternative if you are interested in a club-like environment. Parties around campus are not uncommon, but a lot of them do get shut down early or are dry events. While they can still be fun, expect to be somewhat sober from your pre-game by the time you actually get to the party venue. Students living in dorms are allowed to drink as long as they are over the age of 19, but they are not allowed to play drinking games in their units. Thus, "house parties" are very limited. The closest it gets to a house party is a frat party, but they often get shut down early and are in no way close to frat parties you see on TV or in movies. If you have friends that live in off-campus residences, they can have parties, but depending on the neighborhood, it can still be shut down from noise complaints. Due to various restrictions set by on-campus authorities, most students take most of their nightlife downtown to clubs or bars. The best thing about being in Canada in terms of the party scene is that you no longer need to be shady with your fakes since drinking age is 19 and above in BC.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
  • Granville/Davie Street
  • Greek Village
  • Robson Street
  • Yaletown
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Blarney Stone
  • Cambie Bar & Grill
  • Ginger 62
  • London Public House
  • Malone's Bar & Grill
  • Shine Nightclub
Local Specialties
Granville Island Beer: Brewed right here on Vancouver's very own Granville Island, only 20 minutes away from campus
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beer Pong
  • King's Cup/Ring of Fire
Useful Resources for Nightlife
  • UBC Event Relay Facebook Group
  • www.clubzone.com
  • www.thecalendar.ca
Closing Time
3 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
BC Liquor Store
Organization Parties
Several clubs and undergraduate societies throw parties year-round, usually during holidays such as Halloween, after exams, or welcome-back parties. However, some of these events are dry if a 19-and-over rule is not enforced. Even when the rule is enforced, the RCMP usually shuts down the party early when they find minors in the event.

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Venue Nightclub

This place gets big musical guests like David Guetta and TV on the Radio.

881 Granville St.

Vancouver

(604) 646-0064

www.venuelive.ca

Gossip Night Club

750 Pacific Blvd.

Vancouver

(604) 669-8980

www.gossipnightclub.com

Celebrities

Gay club-turned-straight on Tuesdays

1022 Davie St.

Vancouver

(604) 681-6180

www.celebritiesnightclub.com

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

The Pit Pub

Pub on normal days of the week, club on Wednesdays

6138 Student Union Blvd.

On campus

(604) 822-6511

www.ams.ubc.ca/businesses/the-pit-pub

Wolf & Hound Restaurant

Twenty-five percent off of all wine and bubbly on Wednesdays

3617 W. Broadway

Vancouver

(604) 738-8909

www.wolfandhound.ca

The Backstage Lounge

This place features a variety of international beers on tap.

1585 Johnston St.

Vancouver

(604) 687-1354

www.thebackstagelounge.com

Dentry's Irish Grill

Thirty-five cent wings on Wednesdays

4450 W. 10th Ave.

Vancouver

(604) 224-3434

www.dentrys.com

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Greek Village

Greek life has a lot of parties for students.

On campus

Vancouver

Caprice Nightclub

This place has fun events like speed dating.

967 Granville St.

Vancouver

(604) 685-3288

www.capricenightclub.com

Student Polls

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Downtown
  • 24% Bars
  • 16% Frats
  • 12% Dorms
  • 8% Almost no parties
  • 4% Biminies
  • 0% The Pit

What is the best day of the week for nightlife on your college campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 0% Sunday
  • 0% Monday
  • 0% Tuesday
  • 0% Wednesday
  • 0% Thursday
  • 78% Friday
  • 22% Saturday

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Walk.
  • 10% Taxis.
  • 86% Public transportation.
  • 0% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 3% Use a designated driver.
  • 0% There are no good options.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 46% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 32% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 8% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 5% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% Block party
  • 9% Frosh

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