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The wilderness is so close to civilization.
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The "City of Glass" is a place of
stunning vistas set between mountain
ranges and the Strait of Georgia.
Vancouver has the high-energy buzz
befitting a city of post-modern condo
towers, high-tech industry and
two decades of heavy immigration from
Hong Kong and Taiwan. But
visitors can tune into a laid-back west
coast vibe as they commune with
nature and cruise the parks and nudist
Wreck Beach. Top-notch skiing,
hiking, camping and surfing are
With rainbow banners and pink bus stops,
the West End's "gayborhood" of
Davie Village contains most of the
city's gay clubs, bars, lounges,
cafes, and restaurants. Handsome guys
can often be seen holding hands
as they make their way down the
The second gay district is
Commercial Drive. Locally known as
"the Drive," it has lots of inexpensive
ethnic restaurants, interesting
shops and several women's hangouts.
Bars & clubs
Davie) plush lounge open nightly -five with DJs, chill-out zone, good martinis, retro
films, pop art, shirtless Friday beer boys, local artists, and hot
(1022 Davie) 19-plus dance club, big-name DJs,
special events, guest celebrities, nude shadow box dancers, entertainment, and shows. Upstairs cruising area for guys.
Club 816 (816 Granville) after hours electronic dance music club, Thursday through Sunday nights.
Pub (1025 Davie) casually cruisy upscale neighborhood bar in the heart of Davie Village with covered patio, for ages 19-up. Games, TV sports, pub food at reasonable prices, and a good selection of microbrews.
Lolita's South of
the Border Cantina (1326 Davie)
restaurant, happy hour bar, delicious
(1042 Davie) three bars on five levels,
diverse crowd of ages and types,, friendly staff. Numbers Idol contests with cash prizes and other entertainment.
(1251 Howe) every night dance club with
contests, Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday drag shows; Thursday exotic male strip and shower sessions. Lots of special parties and performances; outdoor patio.
Thurlow; up) ultra lounge and tapas bar, cozy heated patio, extravagant menu, impressive martinis, live music, DJs with different themes each night.
The Junction Public House (1138 Davie), newly renovated former Pulse, neighborhood pub/club, video sports bar and cafe. Dancing on Fridays through Sundays.
(1167 Davie) leather events, motorcycle
club,contests, puppy and underwear parties, see-and-be-seen windows. Big screens for the games, Sunday keg parties.
Score (1262 Davie) bar and restaurant, sports TV, good selection
of beers and mixed drinks, food, large
Fitness (1731 Comox St) fun,
positive alternative to
high-pressure clubs, custom programs to
fit your needs.
Gym (1522 Commercial Dr) gay-
owned and frequented
workout facility on "the Drive."
212 (1048 Davie) huge gay play
space, full gym, steam rooms,
hot tub, porn, internet, cheap
Hastings Steam &
Sauna (766 E Hastings) Finnish
sauna, open since 1926, diverse crowd,
Playspace (1210 Granville) open
24 hours, edgy, hard-core
alternative crowd, rooms, slings, steam,
(430 Columbia; Westminster) rooms,
sauna, play area, internet, gym,
relaxed, good-looking crowd.
(123 West Pender) new outpost in the chain of five superb gym/sauna/bathhouses for men 18-plus, open 24/7 with the finest of steamy facilities and play spaces.
Horizon (1225 Robson; 800-663-
1333) near shopping and dining,
close to Davie Village, downtown,
B&B (977 Broughton, West End;
866-684-9793) bright and
cheery B&B, near English Bay,
Granville Island, Davie clubs.
Palisades (1277 Robson; 604-688-
0461) 233 suites, dinner
until midnight, pool, spa, steam, hot
tub, massage, fitness rooms.
Sunset Inn &
Suites (1111 Burnaby; 800-786-
1997) quiet West
End, near urban attractions, balconies,
English Bay views.
Sandman Inn and
Suites (1160 Davie; 604-681-
suites, penthouses, hot tubs, balconies,
water views, pool, spa.
Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr)
vegetarian restaurant, brunch,
poetry slams, live music, open to
(1235 Davie) pasta specials, elegant
good wine list.
Market (Keefer and Main Streets)
through September 6, shop and eat until
Cafe (753 6th; New Westminster)
kitchy uptown cafe,
original art, organic coffee and food,
Darryl's Coffee &
Native Art Shop (945 Davie)
vibe, hot drinks, ice cream, fruit
smoothies, first-nation art.
(1105 Denman) popular coffee house, one
of the best
people-watching patios around.
(560 Davie) big breakfasts, 25 omelet
lunch, sandwiches, burgers, or dash of
Mary's (1202 Davie) 1950s-era
diner, breakfast all
day, late-night dining, burgers, soup,
Grill (447 Columbia; New
Westminster) broad menu, crab
cakes, salmon, live music, affable
Friday night gay crowd.
Bistro (1157 Davie) meaty or
vegetarian meals, lunch
buffet, dinner daily, Sunday brunch,
eat-in, takeout or delivery.
House (1244 Davie) independent
coffee, homemade food, art on the
Grill (1160 Davie) under Sandman
look, street-side dining, massive bar,
Cafe(317 E Broadway) queer-
place, entertainment, films, exhibits,
(1260 Commercial Dr) worker-owned queer-
breakfast spot, fresh eggs, organic
Shack (1030 Davie) gourmet all
the way, with
delicious sweet-potato fries and turkey
Shopping & services
(1170 Bute) gay community resources,
support, health and
social services, public education.
Marketing (1808-1150 Jervis)
travel planning and
area information, knowledgeable gay
Ju Ju Salon and
Spa (823 Davie) spa, hair
colorists, full consultations, waxing
and facials, ear-candling.
Book And Art Emporium (1238
Davie) gay books,
adult toys, erotica, fashion
accessories, gifts and cards.
(1148 Davie) sexy underwear, swimsuits,
good porn selection.
(1030 Denman, #115) top-name sweats,
T-shirts, vests, accessories, laid-back
At Vancouver Airport Station Terminal,
catch bus 98B or 496 to downtown
Vancouver. Pay on the bus with exact
change, $2.50. In late 2009,
newest rapid rail line will link
Waterfront and Vancouver
City Centre to Richmond and Vancouver
Translink has SkyTrain,
buses and ferries to get you around
A fare of $2.50 to $5 gives you 90
minutes of travel around the Lower
Mainland. Day passes cost from $7 to $9.
Also, two companies operate
adorable mini-ferries that ply the
waters of False Creek.
Parade from Robson at Thurlow and
festival at Sunset Beach wrap up two
weeks of events all over town.
August 1, 2010
newspaper, the local gay bi-weekly, is
chock-full of current
events, news, opinions and listings.
Central Park, Burnaby. Kingsway at
Boundary Rd afternoons/after dark,
trails between Kingsway and north duck
Lees Trail, Stanley Park. Popular trail
northwest of Second Beach, day
or night outdoor sex, avoid
Kitsilano Pool. The pool, at 2305
Cornwall Avenue, has late night
meetings at back of the pool, along the
English Bay Sundial. At the bottom of
Davie and Denman Streets, cruisy
late nights at large sundial.
Beach. Heavy cruising in sandy
Sex on the beach. Vancouver's Wreck Beach
is one of the world's best
places for public sex and clothing-
optional tanning. Good marijuana is
sold right on the main beach,
Sensational shopping. For a day of
browsing, catch the water taxi to
Granville Island at the southern end of
Thurlow Street, behind the
Into the woods. Outdoor sex with the
smell of cedar in your nostrils
can be found on the trails behind the
Second Beach pool in Stanley
Floating parties. Cruisey T
are one of the best things
about being gay in Vancouver.
Air and sea. Take a floatplane ride to
Nanaimo (catch it at the Coal
Harbour waterfront west of the Vancouver
Convention Centre) and come
back on the big walk-on ferry (at
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