Downtown Dog-Friendly Businesses

Downtown Dog-Friendly

We’re looking for pet-friendly downtown Vancouver businesses to feature on our website!

Quarantine puppies were a thing, and now that businesses have reopened in downtown Vancouver, we need to know where we can take them!

The DVBIA is on the hunt for pet-friendly businesses in the downtown Vancouver catchment. If this sounds like you or your business, fill out the form below:

Is your Business Pet-Friendly?

Seawall Sounds

Seawall Sounds

Live music from local musicians every Friday and Saturday in August, from 3 pm-6 pm at four locations between Canada Place and Jack Poole Plaza.

Stroll from Harbour Concourse Plaza to Jack Poole Plaza, listening to the sound of four local musicians stationed along the seawall.

Friday Performers

Patrick Spencer

Location: 1
Genre: Soft Rock and Harmonica

Since 2011, Patrick Spencer is the founder and lead singer of Coldwater Road folk band. Lyrically rich and unrelenting, Coldwater Road gives storytelling a pulse. Swinging between love songs and outlaw ballads, performances reach across Folk, Americana and Rock. Solo to quartet, Coldwater Road can charm the sentimental and rowdy alike. The band just released a new single, ‘Photographs’ about the notorious train robber Bill Miner; an upbeat outlaw ballad about keeping up with the times. Photographs is available in all music platforms or at www.ColdwaterRoad.com

The Wheat In The Barley

Location: 2
Genre: Canadian Roots Music and Celtic Trad

This is Canadian roots music with a major make-over. Crack songwriting, brilliant and warped arrangements, and stunning instrumental solos unite under the banner of a savvy eclecticism that’s always been the band’s guiding light. The Wheat in the Barley pulls together many great influences into one package: Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun and more. With an impressive array of instruments at their command, the band puts on a show that’s as danceable as it is listenable.

Ilhan Saferali Trio

Location: 3
Genre: Jazz

Ilhan is a rising young musician making a name for himself in the jazz scene. Ilhan has cultivated a versatile repertoire of play styles such as Jazz, Rock, Funk and Latin, taking inspiration from classical pianists such as Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and modern jazz players like Brad Mehldau. Ilhan prides himself on his mature sound and complex solo routines, and he hopes to be an inspiration to other budding jazz musicians and a torchbearer for jazz on both a local and global scale.

Kristin Fung

Location: 4
Genre: R&B, Funk

A creative spirit and soulful innovator, Kristin Fung is an unusually refreshing and infectiously joyful voice on the Canadian music scene. Her ferocious, tender, and alluring performances as a vocalist, keyboardist, and composer traverse multiple musical landscapes. Kristin leads her R&B band of originals infused with her signature super funky soul grooves (“You For You,” “Straight to the Heart of It” and “Massive Stride” available now on all digital platforms), Fung has performed at Roulette (NYC), Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and more.

Saturday Performers

Shawn Bullshields

Location: 1
Genre: Folk, Rock and Pop

Shawn Bullshields is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player with natural charisma and professional delivery. His repertoire of songs includes the genres of pop, country and folk.
A member of the Blackfoot Nation, Shawn grew up on the Blood Reserve, Standoff, Alberta. In the early ‘90s, he moved to Vancouver and started dabbling in singing and guitar playing; the harmonica came later. He is an easy-listening, acoustic performer. In any given set, you could hear James Taylor, Simon & Garfunkel, Elton John, Cold Play, The Lumineers, Snow Patrol and many more. He covers all the favourites and makes each one his own, delights audiences familiar with the song and those who are hearing it for the first time.

The Long Drop

Location: 2
Genre: Concertina and Trad

Michaela Cunningham was born in Vancouver, grew up on Salt Spring Island. She has played in Concertina, Tin Whistle, and had sung for over 20 years. In her teens, she nurtured her passion for traditional music by listening to her Irish mother’s recordings and frequent visits to Ireland, where she participated in summer music schools. Michaela plays at various events and venues in Vancouver, the US, and has recently been doing online concerts and teaching. Michaela and the Long Drop will be joining by special guests on a variety of instruments throughout the season.

Doe Bender

Location: 3
Genre: Jazz

Doe Bender’s Jazz Group plays songs of life, love, romance, and occasionally heartbreak. With over 20 years of experience, they have performed for The Vancouver International Jazz Festival, MCL Motorcars Ltd., Grouse Mountain’s Peak of Christmas, The Surrey Memorial Hospital Fundraising, to name a few. The repertoire is made up of Swing, Latin, Pop, Ballads, Originals, and Rock. Instrumentation is keyboard, vocals, and acoustic bass.

Django’s Jewels

Location: 4
Genre: Swing and Jazz

On a mission to capture the sound of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz of the ’30s and ’40s, Django’s Jewels are the next generation of gypsy swing in western Canada. The jewels swing hard and fast, with energy and lots of feels. This string band plays with traditional gypsy acoustic guitars, while the violin and upright bass complete the jewels’ unique vintage sound. The raw swing of Django’s Jewels packs a serious bite not heard often in the biz today.

The DVBIA’s Policy Advisory Council is looking for new members.

The DVBIA’s Policy Advisory Council is looking for new members.

The application deadline to join the DVBIA’s Policy Advisory Council is August 28, 2020. Application forms can be found below.

The DVBIA is seeking members who may be interested in serving on its Policy Advisory Council (PAC). 

What is the Policy Advisory Council?

The PAC is an advisory committee to the Board of Directors that acts as a consultative and discussion resource for the DVBIA Board of Directors and staff on legislative and policy issues that relate to and impact downtown. The PAC also formulates policy positions and any other necessary responses for the DVBIA Board of Directors’ review and consideration. The PAC meets six times per year. Meeting times are 12:00-2:00 pm on Thursdays. Some additional time reviewing meeting materials and responding to emails may be expected.

The Council members must be members of the DVBIA. Applications will be verified by the DVBIA nominating committee to ensure that they meet our eligibility requirements such as owning a business or commercial building within our BIA district.

Position Criteria

We strive to have various sectors of the downtown’s diverse economy represented on the Policy Advisory Council. Sectors with current representation on the PAC include tech, real estate, legal services, retail, communications, architecture/design, food & beverage and nightlife.

Openings include, but are not limited to: arts & culture, transportation, childcare, tourism/ hospitality, and education. Members with expertise or knowledge in policy development and advocacy are ideal candidates to serve on this committee. 

It is equally important that the Policy Advisory Council’s composition has diversity in gender, age, and culture. Those who identify as BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ are encouraged to apply.

A link to our current PAC team can be found here.

Apply here

The application form can be found below. Please submit your completed form before August 28 by emailing heather@dtvan.ca.

Application Form
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Granville Spotlight: Cold Tea

Granville Spotlight: Cold Tea

For this month’s Granville Spotlight, we’re featuring the beautiful Cold Tea Restaurant.

Cold Tea Restaurant is one of downtown Vancouver’s newest additions, currently occupying the space Vancouverites famously remember as Tsui Hang Village.

Located at 1193 Granville Street, Cold Tea pays homage to its former neighbourhood haunt by naming itself after the restaurant’s renowned “cold tea,” a beverage served after hours to Granville-goers following a long night out.

The all-day dim sum restaurant officially opened on May 16 for takeout only and had an overwhelmingly warm response from the community. Along with many other restaurants along the Granville strip, Cold Tea is now available for dine-in service.

The restaurant’s large interior is beautifully decorated in deep blues and gold tones, perfectly accented by traditional yet modern art pieces spotted throughout the space. The large windows facing Davie Street allow for ample lighting during the day, and the moody modern light fixtures set the tone during the evening.

Cold Tea’s menu is inspired by modern Chinese-Vietnamese cuisine and features all-day dim sum, Chinese barbeque, and Vietnamese family-style food. Some menu highlights include the Wok Squid, Braised Pork Belly, Lai Fun Carbonara, Crispy Chow Mein, Har Gow, and of course, the “Dumps.”

The menu also highlights an extensive cocktail program along with an
impressive list of sake, wine, and house-made mocktails. Fan favourites
include the Garden Fizz, Drink #75, and the Lucky Lemonade for those
seeking less alcohol.

Cold Tea is open for dine in Tuesday to Friday from 3 PM to late and Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to late. Catch them on Sundays from 11 AM to 3 PM for dim sum and mimosa carts and music by DJ Lokoboy.

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With the city of Vancouver’s commitment to supporting businesses impacted by COVID-19, they have implemented the temporary expedited Patio Program (TEPP).

Running from June 1 – October 31, 2020, TEPP allows businesses to set up free temporary patios.

The program’s additional patio space helps businesses and their customers safely follow physical distancing rules and other COVID-19 preventative measures.

Since announcing the program, the City of Vancouver has approved 85 temporary patios and estimated to have received around 175 applications. There is a two-day permit approval wait time for complete applications. The city recommends that businesses approved for the program have patio railings equipped with a small gap at the bottom to allow for water flow from street cleaning.

The DVBIA is encouraging downtown food and beverage establishments to apply for temporary patios. 

A fund has been set up to support businesses with the cost of setting up a patio. Up to 20 businesses will receive $500 each to put towards their patio. Only a few spots remain, fill out the short intake form here.

We hope to see patios popping up throughout the DVBIA district; however, Granville Street, in particular, is an exciting opportunity for patios this summer. All sidewalk vehicle parking spots are eligible space for patios during this pilot project, so we strongly encourage Granville Street businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.

A fund has been set up to support businesses with the cost of setting up a patio. Up to 20 businesses will receive $500 each to put towards their patio. Only a few spots remain, fill out the short intake form here.

We hope to see patios popping up throughout the DVBIA district; however, Granville Street, in particular, is an exciting opportunity for patios this summer. All sidewalk vehicle parking spots are eligible space for patios during this pilot project, so we strongly encourage Granville Street businesses to take advantage of this opportunity.

Here is a list of some temporary patios approved in downtown Vancouver so far:

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard Street
Brunch – 1147 Granville Street
Donnellan’s Irish Pub – 1082 Granville Street
Sushi – 742 Granville Street
Rogue Kitchen & Wetbar – 601 W Cordova Street
Steamworks – 375 Water Street
TC Lions Pub – 888 W Cordova Street
The Templeton – 1087 Granville Street
The Yale Saloon – 1300 Granville Street
Urban Sushi – 562 Granville Street

Check in to Help Out

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Vancouver is opening back up, and we’re doing it with care.

As part of “Open with Care,” the DVBIA is excited to announce that many Downtown Vancouver hotels have officially reopened, and are ready to welcome us back with care.

British Columbians are encouraged to travel within the province, allowing for the careful revival of the local tourism industry. Whether you’re visiting or taking a “staycation,” there are plenty of hotels to choose from in Downtown Vancouver.

1.     Best Western Premier Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre, 1100 Granville St.
2.     Carmana Plaza, 1128 Alberni St.
3.     Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 1015 Burrard St.
4.     Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA, 1180 W Hastings St.
5.     Days Inn Vancouver Downtown, 921 W Pender St.
6.     Delta Hotels by Marriott Vancouver Downtown Suites, 550 W Hastings St.
7.     Embarc Vancouver, 1001 Hornnby St.
8.     EXchange Hotel Vancouver, 475 Howe St.
9.     Executive Hotel Le Soleil, 567 Hornby St.
10.  Fairmont Pacific Rim, 1038 Canada Place
11.  GEC Granville Suites, 718 Drake St.
12.  Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown, 1110 Howe St.
13.  Hotel Belmont – Ascend Hotel Collection, 654 Nelson St.
14.  Loden Hotel, 1177 Melville St.
15.  Moda Hotel, 900 Seymour St.
16.  Pan Pacific Vancouver, 999 Canada Place
17.  Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront, 1133 W Hastings St.
18.  Ramada by Wyndham Vancouver Downtown, 1221 Granville St.
19.  Residence Inn by Marriott, Vancouver Downtown, 1234 Hornby St.
20.  Samesun Vancouver, 1018 Granville St.
21.  Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1000 Burrard St.
22.  St. Clair Hotel, 577 Richards St.
23.  The Burrard, 1100 Burrard St.
24.  The Landis Hotel & Suites, 1200 Hornby St.
25.  The Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St.
26.  The Westin Grand Vancouver, 433 Robson St.
27.  Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, 1128 W Hastings St.
28.  St Regis Hotel, 602 Dunsmuir St.
29.  Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia St.
30.  Hyatt Regency Vancouver, 655 Burrard St.
31.  Wedgewood Hotel & Spa, 845 Hornby St.

Perch Season is Back!

The Perch season is back with social distancing of course!

Each year from June to September, the DVBIA provides seating and entertainment at two public spaces downtown; Lot 19 (855 Hastings) and Cathedral Square (566 Richards).


After direct consultation with Vancouver Coastal Health, our Perch program has been approved to proceed as a beneficial amenity for the downtown community. Additionally, the following measures are in place:

  • Physical distancing seating layout and a reduced number of tables/chairs to allow for more space
  • Scheduled daily cleaning of outdoor seating
  • Physical distancing signage

Art Downtown

We’ve partnered with Art Vancouver to bring you “Art Downtown”, an outside exhibition of local artists’ work. Check them out from 11 am to 2 pm at Lot 19 on Wednesdays and Cathedral Square on Fridays.


 From 12 pm to 1 pm, Monday to Friday, the perches will feature “Downtown Sounds”, live music from local musicians. As our buskers return to the public realm, we encourage you to check out the full schedule here.

Weekly features and physically distanced friendly events will be highlighted on our social media, so stay tuned for more throughout the summer.

Street Banner Design Winners

Congratulations to our two winners, Gina Ortiz and Alice Bessol.

In follow up to the Call for Artwork the DVBIA opened earlier this year, the new designs have been selected for Granville and Hastings West. Congratulations to Gina Ortiz, who was the winner for Granville Street and Alice Bessol, whose design won for Hastings Street. Each street will be showcasing the new designs as of June 20th and will be on display for the next two years. 

West Hastings - Artist: Alice Bessol

Artist Statement

When designing the banners, I wanted to share the inspiration I was getting from the buildings on Hastings West Street. A mixture of old and new, which represents the authentic soul of the neighbourhood.

I created these banners with a sketch style to emphasize the architectural curves of the buildings. The sketch style with the bursts of colour shows the mix between old and new. The font is clean, simple, and modern.

Working on these banners allows me to show the richness of the Hastings West area and the perfect combination of cultural diversity and the open mindset.

Artist Bio

I am Alice Bessol, a French graphic designer. I have been living in Vancouver for almost two years. After studying at LISAA (Art school in Paris, France) and working for five years in sales management, I decided to be the person I have always wanted to be and became a graphic designer. For the past three years, I have focused on developing my skills to share my passion through my enthusiasm, creativity, and high energy. For me, being a graphic designer is the best way to reflect my values and lifestyle. I try to promote cultural diversity, open-mindset, and generosity. I hope people can feel that through my designs. Moving to Vancouver was a lifetime dream, just as working in a creative environment. I would love to be able to bring my French touch to Vancouver for a long time!

Granville St - Artist: Gina Ortiz

Artist Statement

I moved back to Vancouver in 2011, and Granville Street was the first area my family and I visited. My first impression remains with me to this day: The Art Deco style architecture hidden behind posters and billboards of current and past events. A mix of people walking up and down the street all day; locals, visitors, musicians, bike riders and many, many pigeons.

My submission captures the colours of Granville Street: its people and their stories, the sun-kissed afternoons, neon light evenings, and the always present pigeons.

Artist Bio

Gina’s work draws upon the magnification of beauty found in small things or events with a focus on texture and visual pattern. Gina lives in Vancouver, BC and works with gouache, crayons and mixed media on paper, combining collage and printmaking techniques. She is participating in the Printermedia Residency Program, an extension of Malaspina Printmakers, a 2-year research residency program, exploring the intersection of mixed media, collage and silkscreen printing. She studied Architecture at the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico, where she grew up. After relocating to Vancouver in 2011, Gina studied illustration and screen printing at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The DVBIA received close to 150 submissions for our banner design contest. We want to thank all who submitted their artwork and took part in our contest to improve the beautification of downtown Vancouver.

New Member Spotlight – One Under

One Under is Vancouver's only indoor virtual golf bar.

Featuring six high tech simulators, a well-stocked bar with handcrafted cocktails, and a chef-inspired menu with Neapolitan style pizza, One Under is downtown Vancouver’s only indoor virtual golf bar. For the last six years, One Under has been providing unforgettable times for everyone, from small groups up to 100+ people full-venue buyouts.

Since the re-opening, One Under has emphasized the health and safety of both employees and guests, exceeding the recommended safety protocols to ensure everyone can still enjoy a virtual round at pebble beach while helping keep BC’s Covid-19 cases low. Currently, they have a maximum group size of six.

Bookings can be made online at oneunder.ca or over the phone. Hours of operation are Monday – Thursday 12:00p.m -12: 00a.m, Friday & Saturday 12:00p.m – 2:00a.m and Sundays from 10:00a.m – 12:00a.m.

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Take Out To Help Out

TODAY! Spend $20 on take-out or delivery and get a $10 gift card! #TakeOutToHelpOut

Spend $20 on take-out or delivery and get a $10 gift card! #TakeOutToHelpOut

The Downtown Vancouver BIA is supporting our member restaurants with the #TakeOutToHelpOut campaign.

Today, Friday May 28, spend $20 or more on take-out or delivery from the following restaurants and receive a $10 gift card (while supplies last) for your next purchase, courtesy of the Downtown Vancouver BIA. 

  1. O Sushi – 742 Granville St.
  2. Café Artigiano – 763 Hornby St.
  3. Ignite Pizzeria – 508 W. Cordova St.
  4. Nandos – 828 Davie St.
  5. SalaThai – 888 Burrard
  6. Palate Kitchen – 848 W. Hastings
  7. SMAK – 1139 W. Pender St., 545 Granville St., 840 Howe St.
  8. Earls – 905 Hornby
  9. Yale Saloon – 1300 Granville St.
  10. Thai Away Home – 1081 Granville St
  11. Koffie – 1050 W. Pender St
  12. Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar – 845 Burrard St.

Open with Care

Open with care campaign

The DVBIA, in partnership with other local neighborhood Business Improvement Associations, is proud to present “Open With Care”, an awareness campaign to help welcome our communities back to restaurants, cafes, salons and shops, and to showcase the amazing work being done by our member businesses to re-open in a safe and thoughtful way.

This campaign was created to help our communities feel confident and safe in returning to their favourite local businesses. Please download any digital “call to action” collateral (below) that you may wish to use in your social media or email communication. If you’re a DVBIA member who would like to display physical collateral on your premises (ie, window decals, stickers, etc), please reach out to us at dvbia@dtvan.ca. And if you’re doing something extra innovative to help welcome your customers back, please let us know so that we can give you a shoutout on social media!

We’ll be using the following hashtags: #openwithcare #openwithcarebc #helpoutyourhood

Campaign Call to Action

Click to download the images below. You can use these on all digital channels.

Community Call Outs

SDownload the images by clicking each graphic.

Breaking bread

Breaking Bread connects you to small businesses across Canada that are fighting the impacts of COVID-19 and keeping our communities fed.

Our friends at Breaking Bread have resources that restaurant owners, employees and guests can access to find out the latest news, anecdotes and information on restaurant reopening and recovery plans.

Check out their website for the updated listings on restaurants that are reintroducing dine-in service in your neighbourhood. Or, head over to our blog to see their very handy interactive map: https://www.dtvan.ca/why-we-do-it/research/breaking-bread-participants/

And to our DVBIA restaurant members: if you haven’t joined the Breaking Bread family yet, get crackin’! It’s free, it’s fast and it’s a great way to connect with your customers and keep them up to date on your reopening/relaunching plans.

More info here: https://breakingbreadnow.com/