Evenings at Granville Island are enough to turn an early bird into a night owl.
It’s a common misconception that Granville Island is a daytime destination. The truth is, it comes alive at night. The atmosphere completely shifts—just the perfect balance of levity and tranquility. The lively ambience of the island’s surrounding restaurants, festivals and events pour onto the street and lend Granville Island an exhilarating energy. Soak it all in: the vibrancy, the glow of twinkling lights, and the relaxed pace of the island. If you haven’t experienced it for yourself, now’s the time.
If it’s non-stop laughs you’re after, check out the theatrical and musical antics at the Improv Centre. Shows run on Fridays and Saturdays, and because it’s improv it’s really never the same show twice. That means going every weekend is totally doable. Just be prepared to laugh until your belly hurts or check out a performance at one of the seven theaters on the Island.
Next on the agenda: checking out one of Granville Island’s bars. For spirits, stop by The Liberty Distillery. Here you’ll find hand crafted cocktails in their cozy bar made with their award winning vodka, gin and whiskey. Across the island at the Granville Island Hotel, Dockside lounge offers an excellent section of wines by glass and west coast nibbles, and at The Sandbar, live music plays nightly in their main floor lounge. Vancouver Fish Co, lounge looks out at the hustle and bustle of the entrance to Granville Island, and if you like to take in a drink before 6 pm, Artisan Sake Maker offers tasting flights and Japanese cocktail appetizers in Railspur Alley.
The island at night feels like another destination entirely—transforming into a hotspot for culture and entertainment. Between the music, food, and live performances, the hours will fly by. But don’t worry—there’s always tomorrow. And the next evening. Night owls: this is your spot.
Visit granvilleisland.com to plan your visit today.