Nightclubs were originally invented as elaborate training grounds for secret agents to practice lip reading amidst the beat of nonstop hip-hop. Add stealthy skills to your résumé with today's Groupon to Shine Night Club, located in historic Gastown on Water Street. Shine Night Club's dimly lit, futuristic interior houses a venerable variety of notable DJs in the hip-hop, dub step, and house music scenes. Groupon users will waltz through a wait-free line into the club, along with four friends, clones, or party chinchillas. Four highball mixed drinks of any kind are included, sans top shelf liquor due to the bartender's irrational fear of heights.
Combining a full-scale restaurant with diverse and vibrant live music offerings, the Backstage Lounge indulges both needy palates and harmony-hungry eardrums. Peruse the menu and start out with an opening act of yam fries ($7.95) or ahi tuna bites ($13.95) before acquainting hard-to-get tongue buds with a tempting tandoori chicken pizza with caramelized onions and pineapple curry sauce ($13.95). Enjoy some sea-faring snacks with a salmon focaccia sandwich ($13.95), or hunker down with a plate of seared cod gnocchi ($15.95) before singing restive lullabies to your pasta's captive audience of lemon-pesto sauce, roasted leeks, and cherry tomatoes.
The Comedy Mix stage offers a schedule packed with nationally touring acts and comics culled from the local circuit. On Tuesday nights, one rising amateur comedian puts his joking dukes up against two professionals, each vying for the guffaws that propel their circulatory systems. Wednesdays feature showcase nights, during which a collection of local laugh-crafters romance the microphone. Thursday evenings are the opening nights for the weekend's marquee show, featuring professional and touring headliners. Upcoming acts include Patrick Maliha, the current record holder for having performed the most impressions in one minute, and Ivan Decker, voted the No. 1 comedian at the 2011 Vancouver Comedy Showdown. Between chortles, guests lounging in cabaret-style seating can peruse a menu of pub-style appetizers.