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Where to Party in Kelowna, BC | The Best Nightlife, Music, & Dancing Venues in 2021

Jessie Rivest

Jessie started as our Marketing & Listings Coordinator in 2019...

Jessie started as our Marketing & Listings Coordinator in 2019...

Jun 4 9 minutes read

This article shows you the best nightlife, music, and dancing venues in Kelowna, BC for 2021.


About Nightlife in Kelowna, 2021

Kelowna nightlife has transformed into a vibrant and eclectic scene as old venues like Flashbacks gave way to new ideas like the BNA and Skinny Dukes.

Kelowna’s nightlife scene is busiest during the hot summer months when the city is full of tourists. While Kelowna’s nightlife used to slow down throughout the fall and winter months, party-hungry students at the new UBC Okanagan campus has brought new life into Kelowna’s party scene year-round.

Kelowna’s finest nightlife is concentrated in the heart of downtown and the Entertainment District in the North End; but this guide book covers the entire town.


Downtown Kelowna Nightlife

Night clubs in Kelowna are concentrated in the heart of downtown and in the Entertainment District / North End.


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 on the notorious Leon Ave and is planning their reopen for Summer 2021. 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. Chill out in the tres chic private lounge area, or experience the music on your toes.


The Liquid Zoo Lounge & Gentlemen's Club - 274 Lawrence Ave

Liquid Zoo is a hybrid Kelowna nightlife venue featuring a brand new upstairs lounge and downstairs excitement featuring the venue’s roster of exotic dancers.


The Blue Gator - 441 Lawrence Ave

Kelowna’s own blues bar with on-stage bands, a lively dance floor, and a mixed-age experience.


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 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 music, shoot pool, or play darts in Kelowna.


Entertainment

Kelowna Community Theatre - 1375 Water St

Kelowna’s Community Theatre lets you experience year-round concerts and live performances in their auditorium on the corner of Water St. and Doyle Ave. Check their new website to book tickets.

https://theatre.kelowna.ca/


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.

http://prosperaplace.com/events/


Kelowna Actors Studio - 1379 Ellis St

For a one-of-a-kind cultural experience, book your seat for a real Broadway show at the Kelowna ActorsStudio.

Find out about Kelowna’s best live music and new theatre events at the KelownaNow.com Events Page. For something different, 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 new pub concept with great cocktails and a creative food menu featuring 6 types of pizza.


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. Book a table for your crew, or sit around the bar.


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 on the corner of Ellis St. and Leon Ave.


Friends of Dorothy Lounge - 315 Lawrence Ave

Friends of Dorothy is a new Kelowna drinking establishment for 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 a massive new beer hall and restaurant with over 100 brews from around the globe. Check out the view from their gorgeous rooftop patio.


Micro Bar & Bites - 1500 Water St

Micro is a popular craft beer, wine, and tapas spot with a slight hipster vibe.


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. Book ahead to experience the patio.


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 you going.


Kelowna's North End & Cultural District

Kelowna North End Craft Breweries

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 for 2021, and a map to help you find them:

Red Bird Brewing

Vice & Virtue Brewing Co

Kettle River Brewing Co

BNA Brewing

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. It’s a popular place with a small dining room, so 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 as a new venue in 2016, Central Kitchen has wowed us with unique cocktails, a curated beer & wine list, and great pub food.


BNA Brewing Co. - 1250 Ellis St

Since opening their doors in 2016, the BNA has become one of the busiest new drinking establishments in all of Kelowna. Locally brewed beer, a full food menu, 2 bars, occasional live music, and 10-pin bowling lanes mean you might not be leaving any time soon.


Playtime Casino - 1300 Water St

If you're feeling lucky, check out Playtime Casino that hosts table games, poker, and VLTs on Ellis St. next to the Delta Grand Hotel.


Other Kelowna, BC Nightlife

Dakoda’s Sports Bar, Grill, & Comedy Lounge - 1574 Harvey Ave

Get your laugh on at this 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 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 new 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 new TVs.


McCulloch Station Pub - 2789 KLO Rd

The only late night spot in the Upper Mission to get good food, music, and bevys - all 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 new sports bar and restaurant located next to the Capital News Centre in the Lower Mission.

Whiskey Jack’s Pub - 2442 Drought Rd, West Kelowna

Whiskey Jack’s is West Kelowna’s oldest and most popular pub to get food, drinks, & live sports.

See you out there!

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