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Gastown’s Guilt and Company Live Music Venue in Vancouver

Gastown's Guilt and Company

Guilt & Company is a Vancouver bar and live music venue located at #1 Alexander Street in Gastown.



Guilt & Company closed its doors temporarily in the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus. Fortunately, the place was later able to reopen. As per new government orders, however, the same as other bars and restaurants throughout the province, the venue once again cannot provide indoor service between March 30th and April 19th in 2021. Only takeout and outdoor patio dining is permitted in BC during that period.

As Guilt & Company doesn’t have an outdoor patio, and because it’s a bar and music venue (so takeout doesn’t make sense), it has had to close completely. The same as most other food and drink establishments, it hopes to reopen on April 20th.

Up until March 29th, and then again after April 20th, safety measures in place at the bar include the following:

  • Guest temperatures and contact information are taken at entry.
  • Group sizes are limited to a maximum of six people per party.
  • Dancing is not permitted at the present time.
  • All staff must wear masks. Customer use of face masks is not only encouraged, but also mandatory when walking around the room.
  • Extra thorough cleaning practices are in place.
  • Hand sanitizer is available for customer use.

For the most up-to-date details about the status of the venue see the official Guilt & Company website.


Guilt and Company

Vancouver has lots of great bars and venues featuring live music. Guilt & Co., however, is one of our favourites. The place is in a cool location, it features great bands and there is almost never a cover charge. Admission most nights is simply by donation (with proceeds usually just benefiting the band).

Some Vancouver bars feature live music on weekends or once or twice during the week. Guilt & Co., on the other hand, offers over 400 performances per year, which means more than one band per night on average. And the bands are generally really good!

If you’re looking for an exceptional place to enjoy live music and drinks with friends, Guilt & Co. is the place to go!


To learn more about the venue and to see who’s playing when check out the Guilt & Co. website.


No. 1 Alexander Street in Gastown


Where and When

Guilt & Co. can be found in the basement at #1 Alexander Street which is at the corner of Water Street and Carrall Street in the heart of Gastown. Local is the restaurant upstairs and it’s easy to find. Around the side and down the steps is Guilt & Company, which isn’t so easy to find. Look for the fairly large #1 Alexander Street address sign and the stairs are close by.

The place is open daily from 7:00 pm until late. The live music starts at between 8:00 and 10:00 pm depending on the day.

TIP: Get there early to find a good seat, enjoy a few drinks and chat with your friends. Once the music starts it can get pretty busy, and, being a live music venue, harder to carry on a conversation once the band gets started.


About the Entertainment

Shows are generally “pay-what-you-can” which means there is no cover charge, but you’re encouraged to contribute something as a tip to the band.

Guilt & Co. features great live music. Considering how many different groups play at the venue over the course of the year, it’s impressive how consistent the quality is. One night the music might be Bluegrass. Another night Rock. And another night something totally different.


Gastown in Vancouver
Local, Gastown and #1 Alexander Street


Other Information

See the official Guilt & Co. website for more information about the venue.

To learn more about the area, see our articles about Gastown and the City of Vancouver.

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