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Winnipeg’s Best Nightlife

One of the many things Winnipeggers do best is let loose and have fun. These are some of Winnipeg's hottest spots to find live music and weekend dance parties.

441 Main

Located in the city’s Exchange District, this cool, two-story nightclub feels like an epic loft-style house party. The cocktails here are better than the average highball, due to a mixology-focused bar. Sultry lighting and a cutting edge sound system rule the floor, making it the ideal spot for a night out dancing. See the website for details on the dress code before heading out.

Hours: Fri & Sat 10 pm-2 am
Location: 441 Main St, 441main.ca

Fame

Feel famous on the dance floor at Winnipeg’s LGBTQ+ club, or chill out and enjoy a round of pool or beer pong in the lounge. Gogo dancers, talented drag queens and even celebrities make their appearance on stage at this fun-filled atmosphere that welcomes everyone. Good vibes only.

Hours: Fri & Sat 10 pm-2 am
Location: 279 Garry St, 204-414-9433

The Good Will Social Club

There is always something fun happening at this popular social hub, particularly the themed weekend dance parties like 80s night. Go for live music, often from local bands, as well as weekly events like trivia, comedy and live band karaoke nights. Keep an eye out for show announcements of touring indie and pop-punk bands. Coffee and lunch offerings are also available from the adjacent Khao House eatery by day.

Hours: Daily 11am-2am; Restaurant open Mon-Fri 11 am-9:30 pm, Sat 3 pm – 9:30 pm, Sun closed 
Location: 625 Portage Ave, 204‑221‑1577

The Palomino Club

This country western themed club made famous for Booty Shake Mondays has posh digs in a beautiful converted bank building. Take a break from the dance floor and live rock band to head downstairs for a game of pool, or hang outside in the city’s largest outdoor patio on summer nights. Ladies get in free until 11 pm on Friday nights, otherwise cover is $5.

Hours: Fri & Sat 8 pm-2 am, Mon & Tue 9 pm-2 am
Location: 436 Main St, 204‑615‑7257

The Park Theatre

This laid-back converted movie theatre is one of the hottest live music venues in the city. It hosts buzzed-about indie bands, punk shows, comedy shows and film screenings; there is something going on almost every night. Most of the seating has been removed to reveal a large open floor area in front of the stage, leaving plenty of room for dancing.

Hours: Sun-Wed 5 pm-11 pm, Thu 5 pm-12 am, Fri & Sat 5 pm – 2 am
Location: 698 Osborne St, 204-478-7275

Pyramid Cabaret

In a space that holds nearly 400 Winnipeg party-goers, this cool Egyptian-themed venue hosts top local and touring bands, and DJs who perform in a wide variety of styles, including rock, funk, punk, house and ska. Check out the Inukshuk by David Ditman of Timeless Masonry recently created at the front of the building.

Hours: Daily 6:30 pm-12 am
Location:  176 Fort St, 204-957-7777

Tavern United

This contemporary English sports pub is the perfect locale to munch on pub fare with friends, play a game of darts or pool and watch the big game on one of many televisions. The downtown location is not only a popular spot to head to during NHL playoff season, but it also boasts one of the biggest and best rooftop patios in the city.

Hours: Daily 11 am-2 am
Locations: 1405 St. Matthews Avenue (204-789-8879), 1824 Pembina Hwy (204-261‑4233), 260 Hargrave St (204-944‑0022), 2100 McPhillips St (204-633-0024), 826 Regent Ave W (204‑224-1681), 1034 Elizabeth Road (204-253-2641)

Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club

One of the oldest clubs in the city located in a downtown heritage building, this spot boasts performances from roots, rock, blues and folk bands and is home to many regulars. The eclectic space is currently undergoing renovations that will nearly double the capacity, making room for a pool table and an old camper to be used as a unique serving station of sorts. Bar is open during renovations.

Hours: Thu-Sat 8:30 pm-2 am; Sun 8:00 pm-2 am
Location: Main St & St. Mary Ave, 204-957-0982

Upstairs in the Village

Newly expanded on the second level, this trendy nightclub and lounge flaunts a lively dance floor and is often a hotspot for themed dance parties, like toga and masquerade night. The patio welcomes guests to take a seat and enjoy the great view of the Village- or of the massive lineup that has likely formed below for those that didn’t get there early.

Hours: Thur-Sat 6 pm-2 am
Location: 99 Osborne St, 204-615-3993 

West End Cultural Centre

Converted from an old church into a community arts facility in 1987, this quirky live music venue features great local, national and international music of all varieties most weekends and some weeknights. Legends Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith have both performed here, along with many other Canadian success stories. Rock out on the floor, or head up to the balcony and let the music wash over you.

Hours: Showtimes vary, call or visit website for schedule. 
Location: 586 Ellice Ave, 204-783-6918, wecc.ca