Living in Vancouver is about as good as it gets in Canada. We have the best views, the coolest art scene and the most active bar scene in the country. Those bars are especially nice because we also have some of the hottest singles around. Vancouver hookups can be easy to come by, assuming you know the right bars, apps and sites.
For all our good(-looking) fortune, we have to admit, sometimes hookups can be difficult to arrange. Whether you’re in Shaughnessy Heights or Downtown Eastside, the hookup market can get frustrating. There are a lot of bars that promise good times but never deliver. Similarly, most Vancouver hookup apps and sites are pure trash, not worth a download.
It shouldn’t be so hard to get laid in a city of over 675,000 people. It’d be understandable if you were out in Pitt Meadows, but Vancouver is thriving. So should your love life. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of Vancouver hookup sites, apps and bars. Whether you’re a student at Capilano or a divorcee getting back on the market, this list will help.
Whatever you’re looking for, we’ve got something for you. Read on and let us know how our recommendations work for you in the comments.
If your main priority is getting laid (we know it’s ours), you’re going to love this list. Keep reading for all the best Vancouver hookup sites, apps and bars.
Located on Powell Street, The Diamond has set the standard for cocktail lounges in Vancouver. With a drink menu that’s both showy but focused on taste, this is a spot for the thirsty. The décor is inviting and warm, while the tables and booths let you get close. Come for an elegant meal or stop in late for drinks. Either way, you’ll love this place.
If you’re bringing company, we recommend grabbing a table near the windows. The elevated views will only help to set the mood. It’s a romantic place, for sure (they host weddings, after all), but it’s also sexy as hell. It’s no exaggeration to say that hundreds of Vancouver hookups have been initiated at The Diamond.
We’re not ashamed to admit we love a good hookup site. We’re such big fans, we put together a yearly ranking of our favourite hookup apps and sites. We cover all the bases, but when it’s all said in done, there’s one site that does it all. Year after year, Adult FriendFinder ranks as the best hookup site for most people.
Some sites target people in their 20s or people in very specific locations. Other ones are aimed at niches or only work if you’re gorgeous. We’re glad all those sites and apps exist; the world is a big place and there’s room for all types. Sometimes, though, you’re a typical guy who just wants a simple bang and is interested in various types of women. AFF delivers, big time.
With an active user base of over 90 million people, it’s the largest and longest-running hookup site in Vancouver. AFF doesn’t pretend to be anything but what it is: a means to getting laid. For that reason, it’s extremely popular locally and around the world. When you’re on AFF, you know what you’re in for.
If you haven't had a lot of luck finding hookups in Vancouver you absolutely need to give AFF a shot!
If its massive user base weren’t enough of a draw, it also has an excellent search function. You can search by distance, or by sexual kink, even physical characteristics. This site really wants you to get laid. Find out why most users say Adult FriendFinder is the only hookup site they need.
Few things draw a crowd these days like great beer. That’s why we love beer markets, and it’s especially why we’re huge fans of Craft Beer Market. With over 100 beers on tap, this beer garden is a huge draw for beer lovers. It’s also just a fantastic way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Located in False Creek, the Craft Beer Market is a meeting hub for the whole city. Even casual beer drinkers love the atmosphere here. The long tables and even longer happy hour get everyone in a very social mood. Grab a bite, throw back a few beers and your good time is all but assured. You’ll see why this beer garden deserves to be among your favourite Vancouver hookup bars.
Have you noticed how hot the female 35-and-over crowd in Vancouver is? If not, you must be blind. That’s a shame because you’re missing out on some of the best views outside of Grouse Mountain. Young guys in the city are taking notice, though, and they’re all worked up about meeting older women on Cougar Life.
Lots of apps promise beautiful cougars, but few deliver like Cougar Life. With over 7 million users, this app consistently tops our annual review of the top cougar apps and sites. For guys in their 20s, 30's, and older who want to bang a woman in her late-30s or up, there’s no better tool. Of course, it’s not just for young guys. Men of all ages appreciate a woman with experience, and Cougar Life is here for all of them.
For a lot of women who are no longer in their 20s, meeting younger guys can be risky. Maybe they’ll be judged. Maybe they’ll be rejected. And sometimes, a busy professional woman just doesn’t have time to hang out at bars waiting to be hit on. That’s why so many women are getting on Cougar Life and cutting out the guesswork and uncertainty. Cougar Life makes meeting a sexy stranger easy. You can search for people who want to meet tonight, and you’ll get a notification when someone views your profile.
If the thought of making it with a cougar equally excites and scares you, we can help. Some guys need a boost of confidence, so we created a course on dating women over 30. Once you’ve taken our course, you’ll be ready to go on the hunt. Then you can download Cougar Life and see why it’s the highest quality app of its kind.
If you’re in need of a cure for a bad day, try the apothecary-style cocktails at The Keefer Bar. This cocktail lounge has style spilling out of every crevice, with all kinds of character to boot making it a solid place to go and find quick hookups. We’ve seen more than a few jaws drop when they enter this bar. That’s just the impact of the design. Luckily, the drinks and sensual atmosphere are just as impressive.
If you’re a fan of cocktails, this is definitely a must-try spot. Try the Opium Sour or the Tangerine Dream to appreciate what these mixologists (wizards) can do. Sure, the apothecary angle is a gimmick, but it’s a fitting one. Whether you arrive with a companion or just sidle up to the bar, your night is going to be good. Let The Keefer Bar work a spell on you.
A dimly lit, windowless bar could be a real turnoff. When it’s The Shameful Tiki, though, it’s merely the perfect atmosphere for a sexy, intimate night. This unique bar in Mount Pleasant promises one of the more unusual drinking experiences in Vancouver. It leans into the Tiki-theme hard, which could be a little cringeworthy. In fact, it’s awesome.
You’ll find a varied crowd at The Shameful Tiki. It’s not uncommon for visitors to the city to be shepherded here essentially straight from the plane. Similarly, you’ll find people having dates, grabbing post-work drinks or just unwinding here. As one of the most idiosyncratic Vancouver hookup bars, you’ll also find yourself coming back often.
We don’t want to leave anybody out, so we have a few more bars for hookups in Vancouver. We’re also including a couple more of the best hookup apps we know of.
In Gastown, you’ll find Vancouver’s most authentic and unique Irish experience. The Irish Heather is a modern GastroPub, simultaneously traditional and completely of our time. Irish pubs (of which there are many) are some of the most reliable spots for Vancouver hookups. They’re comfortable, welcoming and always filled with enthusiastic drinkers.
The Irish Heather stands out from other pubs, though, in all the best ways. For one, there are no blaring and distracting TVs. Secondly, the place doesn’t have that grimy feel so many other Irish pubs do. Of course, you can still get your pint of Guinness, a shot of whiskey and corned beef. Some things can’t be improved.
Our readers at Capilano University or Emily Carr University won’t need any introduction to Tinder. There isn’t a hookup app in Vancouver more popular among the 18-28 set. Initially a sensation among Millennials, after seven years of existence, Tinder has reached the next generation.
If you’re an especially good-looking man or woman, you should be on Tinder. Be forewarned, though, we mean really good-looking. Ridiculously good-looking. For men, that means being in the top 10% of looks. Guys who can’t pull off a smouldering stare into the camera need not apply.
Most women on Tinder get plenty of attention, no matter how they look. Of course, being attractive will always help. Being downright hot as a woman is almost a deterrent. The sexiest women on the app rarely respond to messages because they get so many matches, they’re overwhelmed. If you’ve matched with a total hottie, she’s probably only interested in your compliments.
The makers of Tinder are attempting to refocus the app as a more general dating or relationship tool. Maybe that’ll work, eventually. For now, though, everyone knows Tinder is the Vancouver hookup app for the young and sexy. You better practice your Blue Steel.
While most Vancouver hookups occur with a little help from a social lubricant, that’s not always the case. If you’re not a big drinker or your date isn’t, try something a little different, like a coffee house. Our favourite for an intimate encounter is the French-inspired Thierry Café. Even if you’re not a coffee drinker, you’ll want to try every one of their desserts.
Coffee houses and cafés are great places to meet a stranger, both in the day and at night. They’re casual, calming and very low stakes. Wait for a potential fling to finish her chapter or log off her laptop and then introduce yourself. The point isn’t to be aggressive, just friendly. The right line could get more than just the milk steamy.
Hooking up is an art, and when you’re good enough at it, you can practice it anywhere. Like, for instance, Urban Fare on Davie St. Before you scoff at the idea of a grocery store hookup, hear us out. It’s not as crazy it might sound at first. After all, a grocery store is a safe, public place with plenty of opportunities to start up a casual conversation.
Let’s be clear. We’re not advocating bothering anyone while they’re out shopping. Just be on the lookout for anyone who might be open to a meet-cute in the dessert section. When you’re on the prowl for a fling, you always need to be open to potential partners. Bars might seem easier, but meeting in the aisle could be a recipe for a wild night.
Music venues aren’t always ideal places to meet people. But most venues aren’t like Guilt and Company, a cosy Gastown cocktail and music lounge. With a varying selection of musical acts almost every night of the year, this place rocks. It’s the kind of place you can see a sensitive folksinger one night and a rock band the next.
The great thing about a music venue is it’s a natural conversation starter. If you see someone loving the performer, you have an easy in. Get one of Guilt and Company’s tasty and strong cocktails if you need a little liquid courage. When you’re looking for Vancouver hookups, you’ve got to let the music move you.
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