For more than 20 years, the Vancouver gay bar, The Odyssey, was an unassuming venue just outside the boundaries of Vancouver’s Davie village downtown. From its early days, this space, neither extravagant nor grandiose, stood out as a hub where members from every corner and subculture within the LGBTQ+ spectrum and their friends could come together to dance, be with old friends or make new ones, enjoy a drink, and make the big city feel a little smaller for one night.
Within a few years of its opening, The Odyssey became Vancouver’s hottest gay bar for dancing, and one of the centers of LGBTQ+ life in Vancouver. It was the launch point for dozens of LGBTQ+ artists – DJs, drag queens, performers – who went on to realize fabulous success at home and internationally. Over the years it hosted individuals from every walk of life; from servers to Senators, drag queens to celebrities. The list goes on.
In 2010, the Odyssey closed its doors to make way for social housing projects funded by the City of Vancouver. Its final night was attended by City, Provincial, and Federal members of government, local and national activists, and covered by print, radio, and TV broadcasts. Several initial relocation efforts reached dead ends, and it seemed a major chapter of Vancouver’s LGBTQ+ nightlife was destined to end.
In July 2015, this mainstay gay nightclub came back in a bold new off-Davie venue. The Odyssey is a safe accessible space for the LGBTQ+ community. Here, the customer experience is everything, whether you are looking for a place to dance and connect with friends, or to celebrate events with VIP style, the space is here for you.
We host the city’s most dynamic drag shows, cutting edge DJs, friendliest staff, and a programming lineup that truly offers something for everyone.