Almost anything can be improved with music, as evidenced by tuba-accompanied balcony serenades, operatic anatomy lessons, and yodeled bank statements. Tune your ears to the sweet sounds on stage with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two concert cover charges and four highball drinks at The Yale (up to a $56 value) on Granville Street. Located in a former railway bunkhouse, The Yale features live blues, R&B, soul, funk, and reggae performances nightly. Legendary and local blues performers have graced The Yale's stage, attracting celebs—including Patrick Swayze and Steve Winwood—and humans alike to the dance floor. Cover charges vary depending on the performance, and today's deal includes four highball drinks ($5.50 to $6.50) for some liquid courage before boogying the blues away on The Yale's roomy dance floor.
See the calendar for a list of performers and cover charges.
Frommer's rates The Yale Hotel as exceptional, giving it a perfect three-out-of-three star rating. Three TripAdvisors give the tavern a 4.5-star average, and four Yelpers give the Yale a rating of 3.5 stars.
- This century-old tavern on the far south end of Granville is Vancouver's one-and-only home of the blues. Visiting heavyweights have included Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Healey. When outside talent's not available, the Yale features the homegrown, including Long John Baldry and local bluesman Jim Byrne. – Frommer's
- The decor, music and ambiance are exactly what you'd find in an iconic Blues venue. The act I saw was great and the sound quality was clear as crystal. – David Y., Yelp