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 know who is in the audience - Jimmy Page was there one night a few years back - it's very low key when a major star enters - all musicians are treated the same. And a thrill when they get up on stage and jam with the band! For a major artist, it's best to buy tix ahead of time, and get there early to claim a seat. You can phone out for pizza delivery - yup! right to your table. It's an easy walk from downtown hotels, past some sketchy (but harmless) street people and past the porn shops (you don't have to enter!) on Granville Street. You could also walk along Howe Street, but miss the local colour. This joint is tops for music lovers - be prepared to share your table - and to get up and dance - solo or with a group, all ages. Radio shows are taped here, cd's recorded, live broadcasts - this is a pro venue which respects music, artists, and its audience. Dress as you wish - tuxes sit next to jeans and t-shirts. Non-smoking, as are all Vancouver clubs.
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