elisa_rolle (elisa_rolle) wrote,

Greetings from Davie Village, Vancouver

Davie Village (also Davie District or simply Davie Street) is a neighbourhood in the West End of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is the home of the city's gay subculture, and, as such, is often considered a gay village or "gaybourhood". It is centred around Davie Street and roughly includes the area between Burrard and Jervis streets. Davie Street - and, by extension, the Village - is named in honour of A.E.B. Davie, eighth Premier of British Columbia from 1887 to 1889; A.E.B's brother Theodore was also Premier, from 1892 to 1895.

The Davie Street Business Association coined the name "Davie Village" in 1999 and also commissioned banners from local artist Joe Average, which fly from lampposts along the street. The two-sided banners depict a rainbow flag on one side and a sun design by Average on the other. Many businesses and residents along Davie Street and in the West End generally also fly rainbow flags as a symbol of gay pride, and many of the covered bus stop benches and garbage cans along Davie Street are painted bright pink.

Along Davie Street are a variety of shops, restaurants, services, and hotels catering to a variety of customers, as well as private residences. Davie Village is also home to the offices of Xtra! West, a biweekly LGBT newspaper, Qmunity (formerly the Gay and Lesbian Centre) which provides a variety of services for the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents, and the Vancouver Pride Society, which puts on the annual Pride Parade and Festival. The business with the most notoriety is Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium ("Little Sister's", 1238 Davie Street), a gay and lesbian bookstore, because of its ongoing legal battles with Canada Customs that have received extensive national media coverage.

The Village hosts a variety of events during the year, including the Davie Street Pride Festival which runs in conjunction with Vancouver's annual Gay Pride Parade, during which sections of the street are closed to motor traffic. Davie Day is also held each year in early September, to celebrate local businesses and the community itself. This Day is designed to build awareness and promote the surrounding businesses, and is focused around Jervis to Burrard Street.

Granville Street is known as the entertainment district home to over 20 bars and night clubs in a five block stretch, while Robson street is the shopping district home to all the name brand stores and touted as the most expensive street for leasing in Canada. English Bay, Stanley Park and Denman Street is Vancouver’s playground, the beaches and festivals attract millions of tourists every year.


The Davie Village stretches 4 blocks and is predominantly the gay area, a world of its own, attracting tourist from all over the world. With the streets lined with rainbow flags, a street party stretching its entire length in August, and Vancouver’s Pride Parade during the August long weekend, and a street party (Davie Days) in September, this makes the Davie Village a truly vibrant community. This combined with a grocery store (Super Value), a drug store (Shoppers Drug Mart), Money Mart, Macs, Hamburger Marys, Blenz, Denny’s, all open 24 hours a day, fed by a population in the surrounding area that is as dense as Manhattan, the hustle & bustle in this 4 blocks never stops.


The Fountainhead Pub

Across the street there is the 260 rooms Sandman Executive Suites Hotel. The Airporter bus and a line up of taxis parked across the street are convenient for everyone in the Davie Village. Parking is available on the street and in the hotel. Moxies is always fun, right across the street, beside Priape a favorite leather store. 1 block east is the famous nightclub Numbers (1042 Davie Street), this year having its 29th anniversary. The owner of the dance pub has played a huge role in keeping the gay community alive. The Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie Street) and Celebrities Cabaret (1022 Davie Street) are across the street and next door to Numbers.


Little Sister's & Lolita's

Head north up Davie 1 block and there is Little Sister’s (1238 Davie Street) a must see and Score a great sports bar as well as Hamburger Mary’s. Just down the street above Denny’s is The Oasis Lounge, it has a great covered heated patio fabulous food and live entertainment most every night. Just out of the Village 3 blocks is the Odessey Dance Club with drag shows and events nightly… make sure you check out Shower Power, or feather Boa. For the leather crowd there a bi-monthly night (every other Saturday) at Pump Jack (1167 Davie Street) and a monthly night at Numbers (the 3rd Friday of every month) hosted by VML.


Pump Jack is considered the best neighbourhood pub, Friday afternoon is very cool to hang there because all the locals start the weekend off after work, always a line-up on Sunday at 3pm to avoid the line go a bit earlier. Sugar Daddy's is on 1262 Davie Street. 1181 is a funky drinking lounge with great dj’s and martinis, and Pulse is a great dance bar. F212 is the local men steam baths and M2m is more a baths for the leather crowd just blocks away on Granville. There are a few straight bars as well, Speakeasy and the Jupiter Lounge.

Oasis Lounge

Dance all night at after hours bar The World - Saturdays are always Gay night and it’s a blast dance until 8am. Gorgamesh is also very good and on long weekends Sunday nights is considered gay and it’s always fun.

Tutti’s is the place for the best deals on smokes. Stephos is the best deals for Greek Food, and Vera’s has the best Burgers.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davie_Village & http://davievillage.ca/

Further Readings:

Walking Vancouver: 36 Walking Tours Exploring Spectacular Waterfront, Dynamic Neighborhoods, Hip Hangouts, and Tasty Diversions by John Lee
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Language: English
ISBN-10: 0899974902
ISBN-13: 978-0899974903
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This highly portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and parking/transit information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a Points of Interest section summarizes each walk's highlights.

Vancouver Nights (Charlie Heggensford stories) by Hank Edwards
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