The West End is an iconic neighbourhood in Vancouver full of diversity, great places to eat and drink, and beautiful views, all within walking distance. A perfect evening in this neighbourhood is easy to achieve, but we have our tops picks laid out for you to guarantee a fun time.
Here are five things to make for a perfect evening in the West End.
Start with a great dinner
There are many great restaurants in the West End, but to satisfy your Japanese cravings, Guu is always a safe bet. This eccentric restaurant has two locations in the West End, one on Robson Street and one on Thurlow Street, and promises authentic cuisine. As they say on their website, “this is as close as you’ll get to the real deal…unless you fly to Japan.” And what better way to celebrate the diversity of the West End than by eating traditional Japanese cuisine?
- Where: 838 Thurlow Street, Vancouver OR 1698 Robson Street, Vancouver
- Hours: Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Then have a drink
The Score on Davie is a West End institution and offers some pretty wild drinks, including Caesars that have the entirety of a meal (or two) on skewers. The “Checkmate” has a burger, roasted chicken, a slider, a mac & cheese hotdog, onion rings and a brownie all on top of your drink. If that’s a bit much after a full Japanese meal, you can stick to one of their many brews on tap, including Phillips “Blue Buck” Pale Ale, Parallel 49 “Gypsy Tears” Ruby Ale and Mill St. Brewing Vanilla Porter.
- Where: 1262 Dave Street, Vancouver
- Hours: 11 a.m. to late
Relax on the beach
English Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Relax after dinner and drinks by breathing in the crisp ocean air and taking in the views of the water and the North Shore mountains. Feel the sand between your toes and watch as the sun goes down over one of Vancouver’s most iconic places.
Catch an outdoor movie
Now that it’s dusk, it’s time for an outdoor movie. Take a seat on the grass near the inflatable screen on Second Beach and enjoy classic movies in the beautiful surroundings of Stanley Park like Tomorrowland, Jurassic Park and Harry Potter. It’s the best way to cap off a perfect evening taking in all the West End has to offer. See the schedule of movies for the remainder of the summer.
- Where: Ceperley Meadowns – Stanley Park, Vancouver
- When: Movies start at dusk
Get to the movies easily and in style
Evo Car Share will make driving to the outdoor movies easy. Book one of the fuel efficient, low emission Toyota Prius hybrid vehicles on the Evo app, park it in a FREE designated spot on Lagoon Drive in Stanley Park, and forget about it. Worrying about parking and meters should be the last thing on your mind while enjoying the perfect evening in the West End – using Evo Car Share is a no-brainer.
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