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Vancouver for Alternative Rock Concerts

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Vancouver is my favorite place to go for Alternative Rock Concerts. My wife and I stay here often for the concerts, shopping, and city sights. Generally we fly from California to Seattle, then drive to Vancouver. We make this trip 4-6 times each year.

Good for
  • Friends
  • Couples
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Trendsetter

14 Places

3 City Tips

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14 Places

Edible Canada Bistro

Restaurants

Black Rice Izakaya

Restaurants

Hotel BLU

Hotels

Luke's Corner Bar and Kitchen

Restaurants

Next Noodle Bar

Restaurants

Granville Island

Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rosedale on Robson

Hotels

Granville Island Public Market

Flea & Street Markets

Vancouver Downtown

Neighbourhoods

Orpheum Theatre

Theatres

The Commodore Ballroom

Dance Clubs & Discos

Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Theatres

Vogue Theatre

Theatres

Waffle Bant

Restaurants

Richard K's City Tips

  • You can drive to Granville Island or to the ferry terminal for a trip to Victoria
  • We rent a car at the Seattle Airport then drive the 140 miles to Vancouver. Most concert venues are around Granville, within walking distance from good hotels.
  • Our favorite Hotel is the Hotel BLU. Another good place is the Rosedale on Robson
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    Edible Canada Bistro
    Restaurants (Canadian)
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    Richard K Says:

    This place is located near the Granville Island Public Market

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Search for parking on the street
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #59 of 2,879 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice casual spot for lunch 19/09/2017
    • Love the concept but yikes this place is pricey! 19/09/2017
    • Edible Canada Bistro
    Address:
    1596 Johnston St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-682-6681
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Black Rice Izakaya
    Restaurants (Japanese, Sushi, Asian)
    Richard K Says:

    Right next to the Hotel BLU. Features tapas and Japanese food

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Try the fried shrimp tapa
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #382 of 2,879 restaurants in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Goos 17/09/2017
    • Great food but very expensive for the portion 21/08/2017
    • Black Rice Izakaya
    Address:
    782 Cambie St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2P2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 778-379-0416
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    11:00 - 15:00
    Fri - Sat
    17:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Hotel BLU
    Hotels
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    Richard K Says:

    Great location, service, and accommodations. Newer building nicely decorated

    Good for
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great service, very clean, and great location 16/09/2017
    • Lovely location 10/09/2017
    • Hotel BLU
    Address:
    177 Robson Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1B2
    Canada
    Phone:
    1 (807) 788-1883
    Other:
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    Luke's Corner Bar and Kitchen
    Restaurants (American, Bar, Canadian)
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    Richard K Says:

    Great location in South Granville area Park on the street and walk around

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • There are lots of place to eat on South Granville. This is a good choice. 17/11/2016
    • Food was Bad Bad Bad !! 04/11/2016
    • Luke's Corner Bar and Kitchen
    Address:
    2996 Granville St
    South Granville District
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3J7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-733-5699
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    11:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    11:00 - 01:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Next Noodle Bar
    Restaurants (Asian, Chinese)
    Richard K Says:

    Good location, pretty good noodle dishes. Service good as well

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #680 of 2,879 restaurants in Vancouver
    • Very good food; indifferent service 30/06/2016
    • Tucked away is a gem in Vancouver 23/06/2016
    • Next Noodle Bar
    Address:
    560 Robson St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2B7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-681-6398
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    11:30 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    16:30 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Granville Island
    Islands, Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Richard K Says:

    Just across the Granville bridge. You can shop, eat, listen to music, and sit by the water

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Park on the street. Get there early
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • You have to see it! 23/09/2017
    • Interesting 23/09/2017
    • Granville Island
    Address:
    1661 Duranleau Street
    (Underneath the Granville Street Bridge)
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-666-6655
    Other:
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    Rosedale on Robson
    Hotels
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    Richard K Says:

    Great location, big rooms. Close to concert venues

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Try the suites
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 92 Hotels in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great hotel. Great location 21/09/2017
    • At these prices....... 20/09/2017
    • Rosedale on Robson
    Address:
    838 Hamilton Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6A2
    Canada
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    Granville Island Public Market
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Richard K Says:

    Lots of fruits. vegetables, bread, pastries, restaurants, etc.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Get there early
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much fun, so much variety 22/09/2017
    • A Delightful, Balanced "All Rounder" of a Public Market!! 22/09/2017
    • Granville Island Public Market
    Address:
    1689 Johnston St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-514-2353
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
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    Vancouver Downtown
    Neighbourhoods
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    Richard K Says:

    This place is neat and clean for a big city. Difficult driving. Walking is a good idea

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get a hotel close to Granville or Robson
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fun Place to visit 23/09/2017
    • Big and beautiful 21/09/2017
    • Vancouver Downtown
    Phone:
    +1 604-801-5515
    Other:
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    Orpheum Theatre
    Theatres
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    Richard K Says:

    Elegant theater. Great seats and sights. Pretty good sound system

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get tickets early. Mezzanine is good area
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A night at the opera 04/09/2017
    • Well maintained theatre and friendly staff! 06/08/2017
    • Orpheum Theatre
    Address:
    604 Smithe Street
    Alternate entrance at 884 Granville Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3L4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-665-3050
    Other:
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    The Commodore Ballroom
    Dance Clubs & Discos
    Richard K Says:

    I have been to concerts recently in San Francisco, Napa, Sacramento,. Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Denver, Nashville, Austin, Detroit, Las Vegas and other cities. The Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver is my favorite. You can see the stage, the place is cozy, and the food is good.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can reserve a booth for five people. It comes with food and drink. You can also reserve a table for two.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 103 Nightlife in Vancouver
    • One hell of a night! 07/09/2017
    • Good 11/05/2017
    • The Commodore Ballroom
    Address:
    868 Granville St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1K3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-739-7550
    Other:
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    Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Theatres
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    Richard K Says:

    One of the larger theater venues in Vancouver. Good seating

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • buy tickets early for good seats
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very nice theater 15/09/2017
    • Sound of Music at QE Theatre 12/09/2017
    • Queen Elizabeth Theatre
    Address:
    600 Hamilton St.
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-665-3050
    Other:
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    Vogue Theatre
    Theatres
    Richard K Says:

    Usually general seating theater. Get there early for good seats

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Get there early. I like the mezzanine area
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #171 of 356 things to do in Vancouver
    • Old venue but it must have been very nice in its day........ 28/06/2017
    • Could be a cool venue with upgrades 31/03/2017
    • Vogue Theatre
    Address:
    918 Granville St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L2
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 604-671-2754
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Waffle Bant
    Restaurants (Cafe, Canadian)
    Richard K Says:

    This is a new place with different food and good service

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • try one of the crunchy tasty waffles
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,390 of 2,879 restaurants in Vancouver
    • Odd, slow and just ok 04/09/2017
    • Waffle Can't! 07/08/2017
    • Waffle Bant
    Address:
    290 Robson St
    Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6A1
    Canada
    Other:
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