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The Yale

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Address: 1300 Granville St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Phone Number: +1 604-681-9253

Club showcasing the best in blues and R&B.

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Recently re-opened as "The Yale Saloon"

This was close to our hotel so we wandered over Saturday night for supper. We learned from the super friendly staff that The Yale is now The Yale Saloon and has re-vamped... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2015
Red Deer, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

The mechanical bull riding and line dancing make this an energetic establishment for a night out, and I will return for the pure entertainment value. Participating is always the better option, but people watching at this saloon is just as fun. The decor in the restaurant and bar itself is enticing. The country bar atmosphere reminded me of beer halls... More 

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Red Deer, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2015

This was close to our hotel so we wandered over Saturday night for supper. We learned from the super friendly staff that The Yale is now The Yale Saloon and has re-vamped themselves. They are now a Country Blues venue offering a smoked BBQ menu. Live Blues music is on Tuesday evenings only. Disappointed, we decided to stay to eat.... More 

1 Thank dklmjj
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2014

It was a riot, and a great place for live Blues, but, it is now gone with no replacement. We have been trying to follow the characters involved, but, nothing, so far.

3 Thank BrianWSpencer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2013

Okay, okay, along with BB King's in Memphis, Arthur's Tavern in New York and Sammy Dow's in Glasgow, Scotland - this is the best - and I mean, quite simply, the best - blues joint in the world. Just get there. Huge, long bar, spacious stage, fabulous acoustics, authentic art deco atmosphere, and great staff. The people who hire the... More 

2 Thank xmaseveeve
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2013

I met my backpacking Aussie husband on the dance floor of the Yale Hotel on July 15, 1988. 25 years later we are still going strong. So many fond memories of the music and fun had back then. I had hoped to have a beer there to celebrate the quarter century, but alas I can only do a drive by... More 

2 Thank AndreaArt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

The Yale is unique in many ways, for starters, the staff are honest and there to please. At this spot, you are safe, the VPD frequently swing by in numbers just to maintain a presence...as they do at any bar watch establishment. The music is second to none, and the night is always a great experience. The Yale brings all... More 

6 Thank Stephen L
Nice, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2012

Great atmosphere and great music. On Saturday there were 2 bands playing in turns on 2 different stages. Pool is free.

3 Thank zantoro
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2012

I really miss the Yale. I saw Canada win Hockey gold for us here during the Olympics, what a blast! The place will smell great in the future, no more beer floors, or is it floors with beer? I lived above it for almost ten years. It has a friendly vibe, what can I say, & a sense of community... More 

3 Thank Jennifer C
North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2010

My friend and I visited the Yale on Friday night June 18, 2010. I had not been there for many years and, in fact, haven't been out to a nightclub in a long time. The Yale is on Granville Street: an area that has steadily improved over the last few years - especially as a destination for pubs and nightclubs.... More 

4 Thank NorthVanDMo
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2010

The Yale is a bar located at the edge of downtown Vancouver, in a century-old building that housed railway workers in its first incarnation. Some of that working-class grit permeates the walls and adds to the blues feeling here. I've been going here for decades; Long John Baldry, Jim Byrnes, David Gogo put on rockin' shows here. And, you never... More 

2 Thank vancouvermuffy2016

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