Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,

Products and Services

  • Live Music,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
1 Alexander St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1B2
Useful Information

Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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  • $11 To $25,

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Descending the steps into Gastown's Guilt & Company is like taking a walk into the past.

Its intimate atmosphere (only 89 seats), exposed brick and low ceilings are reminiscent of a jazz-age speakeasy — if said speakeasy also happened to feature devilish cocktails and an eclectic mix of some of the hottest musical and performance acts in the city. Whether it's jazz, reggae, swing or even burlesque, belly dance or circus acts, the performers who grace the Guilt & Company stage are as diverse as the city they call home.

“Live music is the cornerstone of our entire operation,” explains Tonye Aganaba, the venue's marketing and promotions coordinator and booking agent, “From Day 1, it was always intended to be a live music venue. More than anything, this place is made for musicians. It's made for creative people, people who love the arts, and that want to support them, and I think that's to be celebrated.”

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You may have passed by this hidden Gastown gem a time or two unawares. Located below Chill Winston, Guilt and Co.’s underground ambiance is dark and moody, almost cave-like, but one that happens to have great live music and fantastic cocktails. With brick walls, exposed pipe, live local artists and inventive drinks such as the Rock Bottom Riser and Exile Vilify, this place is full of exciting quirks.

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Tucked away in the basement below Gastown’s Chill Winston, Guilt & Company is a standout local music venue that slings some mean cocktails. This smallish subterranean hangout boasts live music seven days a week, with an eclectic mix of performers taking the stage, from jazz and blues to folk, soul and cabaret shows. The cocktails are named for songs by famous bands and musicians, so you can enjoy drinks with names like To Zion (Lauryn Hill), Fake Empire (The National) or Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High? (Arctic Monkeys).

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Gastown’s Guilt & Co. is a fun, lively bar with an intimate atmosphere. You can get to know your date without any pressure here. Break the ice over a game of Jenga as you drink tasty cocktails and listen to live music. The menu includes a selection of platters and appetizers that are perfect for sharing, as well as several larger gourmet-style meals if you’re feeling hungry.

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