Dance the night away with Downtown’s best clubs and daunting array of live music gigs around Downtown.
Starlite Room, 10030 102 Street
Starlite Room quickly cemented itself as one of Canada’s legendary music venues when it hosted the likes of Nirvana and Green Day before they were household names. Credit goes to booking managers that focus on quality rather than on a single genre. In the past 12 months, Afroman, Hollerado, Royal Tusk and Reuben and the Dark have played the Starlite main stage, but the Starlite Room is also one of the best places to catch rising stars, intimate launch gigs and indie bands.
Rocky Mountain Icehouse, 10516 Jasper Avenue
Just down the street, Rocky Mountain Icehouse hosts shows a couple nights a week. Lately it’s been the place to catch indie-rock talent, bluegrass bands and good ol’ rock and roll.
Cask & Barrel, 10041 104 Street
Every Saturday afternoon at 4pm, catch fast-rising indie bands and cultured singer-songwriters for free at Cask & Barrel. Area residents regularly descend to this pleasant little neighbourhood bar for local pints and the most amazing quinoa lettuce wraps.
Chvrch of John, 10260 103 Street
Don’t be fooled by the name. Chvrch of John is not a place of worship. Here, the only thing to praise is the killer house tunes and chill vibe. Every weekend, scores of party-goers flock to Chvrch of John to hear the top DJs and producers from around the world. Recent acts booked include MATRODA, Drezo, CODES, Dr. Fresch and Sam Devine.
The Bower, 10538 Jasper Avenue
The Bower has made a name for itself among serious music lovers for delivering high profile DJs that spin house, soul and funk music. Saturday nights, you’re shoulders to shoulders with cool kids and old timers shaking to the hits of yesteryear as well as today. The subterranean space has the makings of a super chill 70s supper club. When you want to do some serious business on the dance floor, this is the place to go.
99ten, 9910 109 Street
Although not strictly a dance club (they also program live music), 99ten is one of the better places Downtown to dance the night away to house, bass and techno music. That’s because the sound quality in this subterranean space is phenomenal and rivals that of any recording studio. If you like classy-looking places too, 99ten has plenty of intimate booths to slink into. 9910 109 Street With its chill vibes and laid-back friendly crowds, The Common is a reliable place to whoop it up every weekend. The decks are manned by DJs spinning eclectic sets of underground house, hip hop and groovy funk combos. No matter what night you visit, you’ll always find plenty of space to show off your latest dance moves.
Pablo, 10432 Jasper Ave, Basement
What sets Pablo apart from the typical cocktail bar is the sultry and glamorous vibe in this cavernous room. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a secret club els a bit like New York in the ’70s. But what will keep you there long into the night are the elevated cocktails mixed by stellar bartenders. Make sure to show up early as they don’t take reservations.