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Cheap things to do for a fun night out in Vancouver

Score deals on things like arcades, bowling, movies, and more with these cost-conscious tips.
Cheap activities, entertainment, and things to do for a fun night out in Vancouver, B.C.

The rising cost of living in Vancouver has put entertainment on hold for some locals. 

Aside from attending free events, spontaneous fun can be hard to fit into one's budget. 

Whether it's singing and dancing, bowling and billiard, or going to see a movie, there's a way have a good time for a good price. 

Here are a few cheap activities to do for a fun night out:

Karaoke bars

Want to belt out your favourite tunes? 

Funky Winker Beans has karaoke every night starting at 9:30 p.m. Though there may not be a sale to sing, the karaoke bar has daily deals on drinks and grub. 

Switch offers karaoke at $5 per hour per person. See their full list of karaoke rates here

12 Kings Pub has a variety of events in one place, such as open mic sessions on Wednesdays, trivia on Thursdays, karaoke on Saturdays, open mic comedy on Sundays, and a $10 special on wings on Tuesdays. 


Those with a significant other may want to consider a weekday bowling date. Grandview Lanes has a date night special from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesdays which includes an hour of bowling for $30. An hour of regular five-pin bowling is $59.99 per lane.

The deal also includes shoe rental costs and is for a maximum of two people per lane. 

Those wanting to go bowling with friends can expect a similar rate of $59 per hour for one lane at Commodore Lanes. The popular bowling spot also has billiard tables which cost $19 per hour per table.

Billiard tables are $2 cheaper between Monday and Thursday.


Though arcades are all fun and games, someone will have to pay the price. Fortunately, that price can be made cheaper if you arrive during happy hour. 

Glitch Retro Arcade Bar's happy hour runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day, with trivia on Tuesdays and karaoke on Thursdays. 

Goodco Bars also has a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., in addition to a later happy hour starting at 9 p.m. which only runs Sundays through Thursdays. 

Classic games like Mario Kart and Skeeball abound, plus some rare gems are scattered throughout Greta in Gastown. Lindsay William-Ross/V.I.A.

Greta has a variety of specials and happy hours, like an all-day happy hour on Wednesday, all-day specials on Sunday, and a happy hour from Tuesday to Saturday between 3 and 6 p.m.


An evening screening is a fun form of entertainment, but tickets can be costly.

Though weekends are a popular time to watch a movie, opt for a Tuesday instead. Both Cineplex and Landmark Cinemas offer discounts on Tuesday screenings.

Landmark Cinemas offers a "Reel Deal Tuesday" discount on movie tickets up to 40 per cent off.

Cineplex screenings are the same discounted price for both general admission, senior, and children tickets but vary between types of screenings.

A ticket for a standard screening will cost $8.99 on a Tuesday versus $14.50 for regular general admission. Similarly, a 3D screening costs $11.99 on a Tuesday compared to a general admission ticket on another day, which will cost $17.50. VIP 3D and D-Box screenings cost around five dollars less on a Tuesday too.

Cineplex also has a Family Favourites program which screens select movies every Saturday morning for $2.99. 

Those wanting to skip the latest releases can go see a scary movie in a morgue. The Vancouver Police Museum's Movies in the Morgue series screens horror hits inside a real morgue for only $15. Plus, the museum's exhibits will be open to explore an hour before the movie starts.