June 5 2015

Where to Find Live Music in Gastown


Vancouver’s most unique live acts have graced the stage at Guilt & Company. This modern speakeasy is a go-to venue for eccentric entertainment – from comedic burlesque to fusion belly dance – every night of the week. On Thursdays, Guilt & Co hosts ‘Ground Up’, an evening of soul music anchored by some of Vancouver’s finest including Harpdown Brown, Tonye Aganada, and the Foundations, and raises funds for charities in the Downtown Eastside.


This friendly two-level pub energizes its venue with live music Thursday through Saturday. They’ve welcomed a number of local acts including The Sheets, The Usual Suspects and DJ Steel. Whether it’s rockin’ out to the latest and greatest or DJ sets that bring everyone to the dance floor, Blarney Stone knows how to show its patrons a good time. You can always get a leg-up on new entertainment and special events through their events calendar.


The Irish Heather delivers the most authentic Irish gastropub experience with warm hospitality and the best Guinness pours in town.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they host live Celtic music nights. The whole family is welcome to dine at the Irish Heather, so you can gather your loved ones for a hearty meal with a side of live music. Kids under 10 years old can dine free from 11:30am-7pm.



From jump blues to boogie woogie piano, you can always find lively Southern vibes at this funky joint. Revel Room features a stellar live music lineup of on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights. Established cats like Steve Kozak trio and the Do-Rites frequetly rock the room, and every Wednesday you can catch owner Dennis Brock performing old rockabilly with their house band, the Revellers. Unwind after work during their sour hours and catch Mike Van Eyes and his magic hands electrify the piano.


Come, hang your hat, and indulge in a swish night of cocktails, comforts and live jazz. Paying tribute to century-old saloons, Pourhouse provides all the essentials with its bustling prohibition-style atmosphere, skilled barmen, and savoury food menu. Every Sunday, established talents like James Merger Trio, Hip Pocket, and Baixa Blue fill the room with sultry, smooth jazz. Not a bad way to end the week.


Drop by for a sultry night of optical illusions, barrel aged cocktails and performances by homebred talent. Claire Mortifee and Alex Maher are few local names that have performed inside the sophisticated cocktail lounge. Clough Club showcases a long list of live music that rotates through the entire weekend.



A night at Jules Bistro is like an escape to Paris. The French bistro offers a romantic baroque atmosphere, authentic fare and live piano by Kurt Von Hahn every Thursday and Sunday evening. Nibble on their delectable escargot and enjoy classical melodies at this fine establishment.

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Alexander Gastown is the newest hotspot for live entertainment. Industry vets behind Timbre Concerts and SJS (Slow Jam Sundays) are backing the latest nightlife venture. Styled like a modern clubhouse, guests can soak in the live music experience in a multi-level heritage space furnished with wooden beams and bricks. Pegged to be a favourite venue for hip hop connoisseurs, some of the most prominent artists like Ghostface Killa, have graced the stage.



Tunnel into a distinctive space filled with pulsing lights and lush interiors. Presented by Blueprint Events, M.I.A is Gastown’s newest nightlife venue boasting a topline soundsystem and stellar roundup of international talent that create a memorable live music experience. Energizing its patrons to ‘live in the moment’, M.I.A. invites guests to refrain from taking photos and posting on social media while inside the venue. Spare the distractions and soak in the experience.