Where to Party in Kelowna, BC
It’s finally happening: pandemic restrictions are ending, summer weather is here, and it’s time to party in the Okanagan. This article shows you the best nightlife, music, and dancing venues in Kelowna, BC for 2021.
About Kelowna Nightlife
Kelowna’s nightlife scene has transformed into a vibrant and eclectic scene as old venues like Flashbacks gave way to fresh new ideas like the BNA and Skinny Dukes.
Kelowna’s nightlife scene is busiest during the hot summer months when tourists from across the globe flock to the Okanagan to enjoy the lake, mountain valley scenery, and world-class wineries. While Kelowna’s nightlife used to slow down throughout the fall and winter months, the influx of party-hungry students at UBC Okanagan has breathed new life into Kelowna’s late night scene year-round.
Kelowna’s very best nightlife is concentrated in the downtown core and the Entertainment District in the North End; but this guide covers the entire town to help you plan your perfect night out.
Downtown Kelowna Nightlife
Sapphire Nightclub - 238 Leon Ave
Kelowna’s only real nightclub as of 2019, and a great place to party if you’re still in your 20’s - or just want to act like it for the evening. Sapphire is located downtown on the notorious Leon Ave and is open late for dancing. You can expect a big crowd, booming bass (consider bringing earplugs), and lots of booty shaking.
Gotham Nightclub - 275 Leon Ave
Gotham is a new venue setting higher standards for nightclubs in Kelowna. Gotham has the cleanest nightclub interior and most professional staff in town. Chill out in the private lounge area, or join the crowd on the bumping dance floor.
The Liquid Zoo Lounge & Gentlemen's Club - 274 Lawrence Ave
Liquid Zoo is a hybrid Kelowna nightlife venue featuring a brand new upstairs lounge with comfortable seating and chill vibes. If you need some excitement, head downstairs to see the venue’s exotic dancers do their thing.
The Blue Gator - 441 Lawrence Ave
Kelowna’s own greasy blues bar with on-stage bands, a lively dance floor, and a mixed-age audience that skews towards the leather and denim wearing Gen X / Boomer types.
Doc Willoughby’s Pub - 353 Bernard Ave
Doc Willoughby’s - or just ‘Docs’ - is one of Kelowna’s classic eating, drinking, and live music establishments, which has been running since 1999. This two-storey pub on Bernard Ave was built in honor of the late and great Kelowna physician, Dr. Charles Willoughby.
O’Flannigan’s Pub - 319 Queensway
O’Flannigan’s is Kelowna’s best Irish pub. Don’t be put off by the riff raff that often haunts the nearby bus stop; once you’re inside, this is one of Kelowna’s best party spots and a great place to hear live bands, shoot pool, or play darts in Kelowna.
Kelowna Community Theatre - 1375 Water St
Kelowna’s Community Theatre hosts year-round concerts and live performances in their auditorium on the corner of Water St. and Doyle Ave.
Prospera Place - 1223 Water St
Kelowna’s hockey stadium and the largest concert venue in town. Prospera is the home of the Kelowna Rockets, our WHL hockey team.
Kelowna Actors Studio - 1379 Ellis St
For a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, catch a real Broadway show at the Kelowna ActorsStudio https://www.kelownaactorsstudio.com/shows/
Find out about Kelowna’s best live music and theatre events at the KelownaNow.com Events Page. Or if your interests sway more towards the alternative scene, check out our Insider’s Guide to Underground Art, Theatre, and Music in Kelowna.
Eating & Drinking
Skinny Dukes Glorious Emporium - 1481 Water St
Skinny Dukes is a unique restaurant and pub venue with great cocktails and a creative food menu featuring 6 types of pizza in the downtown core.
Cactus Club Cafe Kelowna Yacht Club - 1370 Water St
Cactus Club is one of Kelowna’s newest, most popular restaurants and lounges with an amazing harborfront atmosphere next to the Waterfront promenade. Grab a table for your crew, or sit around the bar which gets lively after 5pm.
Tonics Pub & Grill - 1654 Ellis St
Tonics is a popular restaurant and lounge with large screen TVs known for chicken hot wings. They’re located downtown on the corner of Ellis St. and Leon Ave.
Friends of Dorothy Lounge - 315 Lawrence Ave
Friends of Dorothy is Kelowna’s first drinking establishment targeted towards the LGBTQ crowd and their allies. Friends of Dorothy Lounge is known for its decadent boudoir furniture, black lights, and a range of unique cocktails. On Sundays, they host a drag queen brunch.
CRAFT Beer Market - 257 Bernard Ave
CRAFT is an enormous beer hall and restaurant with over 100 beers from around the globe to sample, reasonable pub-fare, and a gorgeous rooftop patio overlooking Okanagan Lake and the Yacht Club.
Micro Bar & Bites - 1500 Water St
Micro is a popular craft beer, wine, and tapas spot with an urban hipster vibe. Expect to see curly moustaches, leather bar aprons, and highly-elaborate drink descriptions. But seriously, it’s an awesome downtown spot worth visiting as part of your Kelowna night out.
Earls on Top - 211 Bernard Ave
Earls is a classic Kelowna establishment with an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio that overlooks City Park and Okanagan Lake.
Social 242 - 242 Lawrence Ave
The Social is a busy downtown restaurant and lively lounge scene with a popular $35 3-course set menu, food that’s suitable for almost every diet (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free), and pumping music to keep your party going.
Kelowna's North End & Cultural District
New microbreweries have been hopping up all over Kelowna - but especially in the Cultural / Entertainment District. Kelowna’s craft breweries are great places to meet friends in the afternoon, wrap up your workday, or start the evening out. Most craft breweries close their doors around 10 or 11pm.
Here are some of our favorite craft breweries in Kelowna’s North End, and a map to help you find them:
Red Bird Brewing
Vice & Virtue Brewing Co
Kettle River Brewing Co
Kelowna Beer Institute
You can learn more about local microbreweries like Red Bird Brewing, Kettle River Brewing, Vice & Virtue, and Rustic Reel in our Kelowna Craft Beer Guide.
Waterfront Wines - 1180 Sunset Dr
Kelowna’s top-ranked fine-dining restaurant with a superb wine menu and food to satisfy everyone. Waterfront Wines is a great venue for a quiet night out with intimate table conversations. It’s a popular spot and has a small dining room, so be sure to book ahead.
OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar - 1310 Water St
OAK + CRU is a fine dining restaurant located on Kelowna’s waterfront promenade in the Delta Grand Hotel. They recently introduced outdoor “dining bubbles” that will make you feel like you’re eating inside of a fish tank. We sincerely hope this is a passing 2020-only trend.
The Train Station Pub - 1177 Ellis St
Train Station is a busy pub on the corner of Ellis St and Clement Ave serving tasty pub food, local beers. Before becoming a pub, this venue was - you guessed it - a train station that originally opened in 1926.
Central Kitchen + Bar - 1155 Ellis St
Central Kitchen is a locally-owned Kelowna eatery started by a well-learned team of restaurant employees with a vision to do things their own way. Since opening in 2016, Central Kitchen has wowed their clientele with their unique cocktails, curated beer and wine list, and some of the most reasonably priced modern pub food in town.
BNA Brewing Co. - 1250 Ellis St
Since opening their doors in 2016, the BNA has become one of the busiest drinking establishments in all of Kelowna. Locally brewed beer, a full food menu, 2 bars, and 10-pin bowling lanes mean you might not be leaving any time soon.
Playtime Casino - 1300 Water St
If you’re feeling lucky, or just want to game the night way, check out Playtime Casino. Playtime hosts table games, poker, and VLTs on Ellis St. next to the Delta Grand Hotel.
Elsewhere in Kelowna, BC
The OK Corral & Cabaret - 1978 Kirschner Rd
Kelowna’s Country & Western music, dancing, and tomfoolery hall. Learn to 2-step, drink beer, and see if you can last for 8 seconds on the mechanical bull ride. The OK Corral is centrally located on Kirschner Rd. near the Landmark Centre, but is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. We hope to see the venue reopen with live music and dancing in Summer 2021.
Dakoda’s Sports Bar, Grill, & Comedy Lounge - 1574 Harvey Ave
A sports bar and comedy lounge regularly hosting standup comics. Located on Harvey and Burch adjacent to Global Fitness.
Mission Tap House - 3110 Lakeshore Rd
Mission Tap House is one of the only late night spots for adult beverages in the Pandosy Village. It’s a spacious, open-concept pub with food, TV’s and a few pool tables.
Rusty’s Sports Lounge - 1525 Dilworth Dr
Rusty’s is a massive venue with several pool tables, big screens, and plenty of room to keep your party separate from the crowd. Rusty’s is located at the base of Dilworth Mountain on Leckie Rd.
97 Street Pub - 2400 Hwy 97
Located just West of Rutland on Highway 33 and Highway 97, 97 Street Pub which used to be famous for hosting ‘20 for $20’ nights in the 2000s. Nowadays, 97 Street Pub is a well-reviewed venue with pub fare, drinks, and TVs.
McCulloch Station Pub - 2789 KLO Rd
The only late night spot in the Upper Mission with good food and bevys at reasonable prices.
The Coast Capri Hotel - 1171 Harvey Ave
Coast Capri has a cozy lounge bar that regularly hosts live music (mostly jazz and blues) in the Capri Centre Mall.
Boomers Bar & Grill - 4105 Gordon Dr
Boomers is a sports bar and restaurant located next to the Capital News Centre in the Lower Mission. Have a drink, watch the game, and tell your favorite “OK boomer” jokes.
Whiskey Jack’s Pub - 2442 Drought Rd, West Kelowna
Whiskey Jack’s is West Kelowna’s oldest and most popular pub with food, drinks, and live sports.