Posts Tagged ‘Gay District’

Vancouver Pride Weekend Parade & Festival July 31st – August 1st & 2nd

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Are you ready for a ball? Vancouver is ready for some fun on the streets of the Westend and Davie village which is the designated Gay district of Vancouver. At the very end of July and beginning of August we welcome the annual Gay Pride Festival and Parade. Find out here what to expect over this lively and most colourful of all parades and festivals this city has to offer – not only that, we also host the annual HONDA Celebration of Light Fireworks display and Live music festival called Shorefest at the Sunset Beach & English Bay respectively – Read more here:

Davie Street Block Party
Friday, July 31, 2015 – 6:00pm to Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 12:00am
FREE for general attendance
19+ Wristbands $5

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Begin the Pride weekend with a bang with an evening bloc party all along Davie Street – Take back the streets for Pride Weekend in the heart of the Davie Street Village! Check out the beer garden with the party spilling out from the stage at Davie Street’s historic Rainbow Crosswalk at Bute Street.

37th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Enjoy one of the most beautiful and diverse parades in the world. The Vancouver Pride Parade was granted civic status in 2013 and is one of the city’s flagship events! Attracting crowds of more than 650,000, the Pride Parade is renowned on the international stage as one of the largest and most successful LGBTQ2+ events in the world. – See more at:

Pride Festival @ Sunset Beach
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 11:00am to 6:00pm
Celebrate Pride in one of Vancouver’s most beautiful waterfront parks! Browse through over one hundred exhibitors in our Pride Market, including local artisans, supporters and community organizations. A variety of bands, drag performers and speakers will be featured on the main stage, with DJs spinning in the beer garden throughout the day. See more at:

Fresh off the Cruise ship – Welcome to Davie Village and the West End.

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

The Cruise-ship season is now in full swing in Vancouver which means the city has a large influx of tourists coming and going from Canada Place. If you happen to be travelling to the city from a cruise we will like to tell about the local area that the Sunset Inn and Suites is situated in, we will also help you out on how you can occupy your time before checking into the room, it is likely you will be checking very very early – so let us show you around Davie Street and Davie Village.

Davie Village has a wealth of great restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from and is by far one of the most colourful districts in all of Vancouver – it is also officially designated as the Gay District of Vancouver hence the stunning array of colour and the famous Rainbow Crosswalk at the intersection of Bute and Davie.
When visiting this neighbourhood, we suggest taking time to wander and meander through the different streets as it is impressive to see how the area changes. Street by street, block by block, you will see the colours, style and shape of each building and apartment look very different from the next one. The trees and various other types of flora are absolutely stunning, especially at this time of year with the Spring colours in full bloom showing an impressive natural display.

Davie Village – our local colourful community.
Davie Village is a 3 block area of Davie Street that runs East to West from Burrard St to Jervis St that is jammed packed with amazing restaurants of all ethnicity’s to choose from, there are also plenty of cute small shops to peruse and plenty of Bars with great Patios to choose from.
As we are a full apartment hotel you do have the option to cook using our fully equipped kitchens, the village has a few grocery stores and a great Supermarket to buy excellent groceries.

Take a look at this link courtesy of the West End Business Improvement Association They have a great colourful website that shows you exactly what Davie street has to offer!

Roedde House Museum and Barclay Square
Coming to visit the famous Roedde House which is part of the Barclay Square complex you will immediately find yourself back in time to the late 1800s era. The house is named after the very first Bookbinder in Vancouver named Gustav Roedde and the house was built in 1893
The house is under the property of the City of Vancouver and way back in 1976 it was decided to be placed under the Heritage building list.
The most unique aspect about this museum is the fact that none of the Artifacts are behind Rope or a Glass box – the idea is that you are literally meant to realistically take a step back in time so you experience the House as it was in 1893.

Barclay Square Gardens
The Roedde House museum is one of a few properties that are built around the gorgeous Barclay Square gardens The gardens are tended by the city and are open for not only the visitors to Vancouver but West End residents alike. The park opened up in 1985 a year before the Roedde House opened for the public – the reasoning behind the park was to encourage more Green spaces in the already congested downtown core, even though there is Stanley Park which is not too far away and is pretty huge, it is still a nice surprise to find a little Oasis among the smaller older properties and the towering high rises.
The museum celebrates its 25th birthday this year. For further information please click here

The Gabriola House
This was built for a Mr B.T. Rogers who was the founder of B.C. Sugar Refining Co. This Queen Anne style grand mansion, is located on Davie Street and Nicola Street.
This is a gorgeous building that really stands out in the neighbourhood, however unfortunately it is standing derelict at this time with rumours that it will open as a Keg restaurant. Even though the property is currently empty the stunning gardens are still maintained and certainly worth a visit on lovely Summer days.

Beaches & Seawall
Our namesake beach Sunset Beach is just a 5 minute walk down the hill from us where you will False Creek and English Bay meet and as well the Seawall.

The Seawall
The Seawall is one of the most walked, run and biked paths in Vancouver and at 22km long it encompasses Stanley Park, and much of the Downtown peninsula with a plethora of sights to absorb and photograph- one things for sure you will certainly remember this part of your visit.

Balancing Rocks
We suggest that you walk from English Bay back South to South East where you start to follow the seawall along the opening of False Creek towards Burrard Bridge and Granville Island, along this path you will come across some really cool Rock structures balanced on the large boulders and rocks embedded among the pebbles and sand.
Everywhere you go along the beaches in Vancouver, if there are rocks, there are likely to be plenty that are balancing on top of each other, and as much as you may believe that they are glued on, well, you will be wrong, the glue that is holding them together is quite literally the natural force of gravity and the awesome art of balance!

Rock Pools and Sandy Beaches at Sunset Beach.
Further along the Sea Wall you will notice that there are more options to hang out at the waters edge, here the rocks make way for Sandy beaches and large Logs that have been lined up for you to hang out and have a picnic. This is called Sunset Beach the hotels namesake and is the quieter option in comparison to the popular English Bay.
As the Rockier beaches transition to more Sandy style beaches you can easily explore the area with your family, just be mindful of the tides of course. Along the beaches you can come across some cool Rock Pools and see some smaller fish, crabs and all varieties of colour from the Seaweed and Algae that adorn the rocks and pebbles. It is also a great area to watch all the local Birds such as Geese, Gulls, Crows and the majestic Herons, if you have a really keen eye, you may even catch a glimpse of a Seal popping its head up from the water…

So after you have checked in and you have time to kill, leave your luggage with us and get out into the West end it is a great area to explore!

Davie Village and The West End Gay District.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Sunset Inn and Suites is located in the gorgeous West End Community of Vancouver – this area fills the void between the Downtown core of the city and Stanley Park.

Our location is situated in an area called Davie Village which is in the heart of the Vancouver Gay District of Vancouver. The Village spans over 3 blocks along Davie St beginning from the Eastern Side at Burrard St and ending around Jervis Street to the West.

In 1999 The Davie Street Business Association decided to phrase the area as ‘Davie Village’ and in the process they decided to give the neighbourhoood an uplift by installing colourful Rainbow flags (the official symbolic flag for Gay Pride)on one side of the post, with the other side showing artwork from a local artist called ‘Joe Average’.

We will like to highlight the very best of the Davie Village area so you know where to go for good food and entertainment right on your door step.

Davie Village is absolutely teeming with fantastic restaurants, so much so that it is very difficult not to find anything that you won’t like.
Here we will recommend some of the Staff best picks that we hope you will enjoy! We will begin with the High end right down to the cheap and cheerful!

High end/Fine Dining
A fantastic experience of Tapas in style with a Canadian twist accompanied with an extensive Wine List and local Craft Beers.
A great alternative to BIN 941, this has is Franco/German comfort food in style!
If you like Italian Food and specifically Pasta, then Cafe Luxy is the place for you! Excellent Daily Specials.
A very busy restaurant and an excellent choice if you have a preferance for Latin American style foods, and like the others it has an excellent choice in Fine Wines and Craft Beers.

Mid Range/Affordable
This place is a huge hit among the staff here, if you like Thai, Indonesian style foods, you will love this!
Vancouver Sushi is world renowned and EVERYWHERE! The Staff do gravitate to this establishment, excellent portions!
There are 2 Greek Restaurants in the area, this is great for a dining out experience and directly behind the hotel on Davie St.

Cheap and Cheerful!
Very very busy restaurant for a good reasons, excellent price and huge portions…there is a very long line up, we suggest that you order for pick to skip the line.
PHO GOODNESS (VIETNEMESE) They sell excellent Subs here at the price of $4.75 including Tax, so cheap yet so so good.
MONGOLI GRILL (MONGOLIAN) This is great, you just pick your food and watch it get cooked Ghengis Khan style, suitable for Vegetarians.

THE SCORE – A popular Sports bar with excellent food Specials, even if you are not a sports fan this place will still do the job! Great staff and great atmosphere.
THE SPEAKEASY – A dark and moody setting which is a great place to watch sports with friends and it also boasts a fantastic balcony that can get busy in the summer
1181 Trendy Bar on Davie
THE FOUNTAINHEAD – One of the more popular Gay bars in the area, with a fantastic patio and pool table. This is in institution on Davie Village.
OASIS – Recently renovated this is a gem, it has a club vibe to it and excellent theme nights, Sundays are a great day, with Karaoke on Tuesdays – great fun and great patio space in the summer months too that double the size of the venue.

CELEBRITIES – One of the most popular night clubs in the district and recently renovated, a big hit among the younger crowd.
NUMBERS – Boasting 3 floors, the dancefloor on the main level and more of a pub vibe at the top, it also has a fantastic Karaoke Box where you can scream like a banshee and not annoy the rest of the bar!
THE JUNCTION – A quiet pub in the day and night club after nightfall, hosts quiz nights and drag shows.

JOES GRILL &HAMBURGER MARYS, NEIGHBOURHOOD DINER People tend to like one over the other, both are very very good at breakfast. Hamburger Marys has been a staple in the Davie Village area and in many Gay Districts along the West Coast of North America (it was orginally a Drag Bar diner).
MELRICHES COFFEE HOUSE A local Community Coffee house right in the heart of the village.
BLENZ & STARBUCKS Canadian Vs USA you choose!

This is an institution that has been in the West End for the past 20 years, it sells books, DVD’s Toys and more, certainly for someone with an open mind on books regarding Gender, sexuality and more…

Qmunity is an excellent resource centre for the LGBT community…

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