NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.
The subterranean restaurant and jazz club serves up an eclectic menu of international fare to the tunes of a nearly nightly rotating lineup of some of the best sounds to drift into the Vancouver atmosphere. The club, which has hosted the big-named likes of Les McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, and Joey Defrancesco, alongside lesser-known local artists, is currently celebrating 10 years under the ownership of saxophonist Cory Weeds. Visit the dimly lit destination with a cat, chickadee, or square-shaped human to see upcoming guests and New York jazz scenesters, the Le Boeuf Brothers, or the Dan Reynolds Trio, featuring new compositions by its eponymous pianist. You can find a full calendar of upcoming shows here.
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.
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.
Chopstix provides memorable nights with a concoction of dueling pianos, sing-alongs, and delicious American fare. The menu full of chops, seafood, salads, and pasta satisfies stomachs as ears get hand-fed honey-drizzled peanut-butter-stuffed trills and glissandi. Familiar appetizers such as calamari ($8.99) and coconut shrimp ($9.99) provide a tasty preamble to a steak salad ($14.99) strewn with organic greens, blue-cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, and terra strips. Or opt for the provolone-smothered mushroom chicken ($14.99). The aptly named Sir Elton's London broil ($15.99) gets topped with béarnaise sauce and accompanied by fresh vegetables and mashed potatoes or krinkle-cut fries for a meatsperience that tastes as hearty and delectable as the eponymous knight’s outfits are glittery.