Canada is home to a lot of amazing cities with unique scenery and cultures. There is a range of reasons to visit Canada’s many cities, and their vibrant nightlife is just one of those reasons.
Six of Canada’s major cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver, each have a population of over 1 million people and are home to some of the best nightclubs in Canada. But beyond those, there are several other party cities in Canada that are less well-known but definitely still worth a visit.
After exploring the natural wonders of the cities that make up this stunning country, you have to explore their clubs, bars, and other nightlife activities! Keep reading to discover all the fun there is to have in the 21 top party cities in Canada.
Calgary, Alberta
As one of Alberta’s largest cities, Calgary in winter or summer is a must-visit spot for partying in Canada. You’ll find a range of night time hangouts from pubs to sports bars and nightclubs.
Commonwealth Bar & Stage is a super popular choice for drinks and dancing. This vintage-industrial club is found in a two-story warehouse. It has 4 bars and features a range of music including DJs and live shows.
Habitat Living Sound is another good choice if you’re looking to go dancing. This Dj owned and operated boutique electronic club is always busy on the weekends and mid-week and of course, has live DJ sets.
A fun and slightly different location is the Rio Bar & Grill. Here you’ll find a selection of internationally inspired dishes and drinks, including Spanish and Italian cuisine. They also have salsa dancing on Thursday and Latino bands and DJs on the weekend.
If visiting Calgary in July, check out the Calgary Stampede. This 10-day festival is the largest rodeo in the world. Along with rodeo events, there are concerts and festivals to enjoy.
Don’t forget to also drive from Calgary to Banff to explore beautiful Banff National Park for some hiking, as it’s not even a two-hour drive!
Montreal, Quebec
Montreal is one of the best cities for partying in Canada. Located on the east coast in the province of Quebec, this European-style city is full of clubs, bars, and other nightlife spots.
New City Gas has been a favourite Montreal clubs for years. This converted industrial building hosts many world-renowned DJs and has an outdoor bar and patio area in the summer.
Candi Bar is another super fun spot. This candy-themed bar is decorated with bright neon colors and features a range of candy-inspired drinks. Other popular locations include Flyjin and Soubois.
In the summer, be sure to check out Terrace Bonsecours. You can dine and drink cocktails or sangria on the terrace, located close to the city’s harbor, and then head downstairs to their club to party all night.
For a much more laid back vibe, hit up Cafe Campus. This well-liked college-style bar has fantastic drinks deals and 90s music nights. If you want to stay out until the morning, go to Stereo when the rest of the clubs are closing. This after-hours bar stays open until 10 am on weekends.
Montreal also hosts a range of seasonal events. Every weekend during the summer Parc Jean-Drapeau hosts Piknic Electronik, an outdoor electronic music festival. There’s also a Jazz festival in June and July as well as Igloofest in January.
Lastly, if you want to party all day, a visit to Beach Club is a must. This cool open-air club hosts globally recognized DJs and has pools and multiple bars.
Toronto, Ontario
As one of the biggest and most well-known cities in Canada, it’s not surprising that Toronto nightlife is vibrant! There is a whole range of party and nightlife options across the city, as well as many fun things to do in Toronto. A few days in Toronto is just enough time to explore all that the city has to offer.
Lula Lounge in the west end is the perfect place to party if you like Latin dancing and/or jazz. The lounge hosts salsa nights and classes on the weekend as well as Jazz nights on Fridays. If you need a hangover cure on Sunday, head back to Lula for their Cuban-style brunch!
Cake Bar is also a fun nightclub option. They have fantastic music, a fun atmosphere, and cheap drinks. Bottle service is available too for 100 CAD.
For a chill night out, visit Snakes and Lattes. For just 8 CAD entry, you get access to 1000 games. Add in a fully stocked bar with mixed drinks, cocktails, boozy coffee, and more, and you may end up having a crazier night than expected.
SPIN Toronto, a ping pong bar, has a similar chill but could get wild vibe! The bar features 12 ping pong tables and serves alcoholic drinks and street food-style snacks.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Charlottetown, the capital of PEI, is known for being a quaint town in Canada’s eastern Maritimes. But, it also has several nightlife options and a year-round bar scene. While you won’t find large nightclubs, you’ll discover pubs, beer gardens, and craft beer taprooms.
If visiting for the first time, Hunter’s Ale House is an excellent place to start. This local favorite has two outdoor patios, live music, and tasty food and drinks. Their drinks menu alone includes a vast range of beers and wines or choose from one of six fun martini preparations!
Peake’s Quay is another highly recommended location, especially if visiting Charlottetown in the summer. This harbor front bar and restaurant offers a lobster dinner plus many more fresh seafood dishes.
There’s also live entertainment each night or just relax on their patio (the largest outdoor patio in PEI) with a cocktail or sangria watching the sunset over the harbor.
Beer enthusiasts will want to spend the night at Craft Beer Corner. They serve over 24 types of craft beer, including those from PEI craft breweries. If some in your group don’t want a beer, they also serve cocktails and freshly brewed kombucha. Accompany your drinks with homemade hand pies for a chill night out.
Other recommended venues include Sugar Skull Cantina for tacos and tequila or Dooly’s to play pool, watch the game, and share a pitcher.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is a beautiful suburban city in British Columbia. While activities like hiking spots with fantastic views and spending time at the beach are popular, Vancouverites also love going out at night, whether with friends or on a date, so there are lots of party options.
Granville Street is the area to go to for clubbing while Gastown, Commercial Drive, and the West End all have a range of bars, clubs, and other nightlife venues.
If you’re looking for clubs, The Roxy is a popular choice. Lamplighter also offers a club vibe on weekends with billiards, arcade games, and patio seating for those who don’t feel like dancing. Red Room is another well-known spot but be prepared to wait in line or sign up to the guest list in advance.
Another recommended spot is Cambie Bar, which is the longest-serving bar in Vancouver. It’s a go-to choice with younger tourists and locals looking for good music and cheap drinks.
If you love interesting cocktails, a visit to Shameful Tiki Room is a must. They have a long list of tiki-inspired drinks and cocktail bowls for sharing. Another cool, but less well-known spot, is Key Party.
If you find yourself in front of an accountant’s office when you arrive, you haven’t got the wrong address! This vintage style bar is hidden behind this fake office. Once inside, you’ll get delicious drinks and photo-ops with the bar’s stunning background.
Other recommended spots include Keefer Bar, Hello Goodbye, and The Diamond. Vancouver also has concert venues like Commodore Ballroom, and many craft breweries to spend the night at.