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New venue The American aims to reinvigorate Vancouver nightlife with a no-bullshit attitude

By Noor Khwaja

VANCOUVER — In the wearisome bar scene of downtown Vancouver, finding your go-to hangout is no easy feat. The city’s newest watering hole, the American, is attempting to establish a new pocket of nightlife that will hopefully refresh this monotony.

Simon Fallick, one of the pub’s owners, discusses his and his team’s collective aim to create “An atmosphere that’s not easily found in Vancouver.” The casual and playful interior of the American will be “an inviting type of space for people to come and enjoy,” catering to those who are tired of “going to clubs and grimy bars.” Fallick explains that the space will be the perfect spot to just “listen to some great music and shoot pool without having to get dressed up or worry about dealing with shitheads.”

The location of the American on 926 Main Street is a story in itself. The building is over 100 years old and was, at one point, home to an infamous hotel by the same name. After being a notorious spot for criminal activity in its heyday, it has since been refurbished, adding new additions to the neighbourhood. The last of these was Electric Owl, a Japanese izakaya-style venue that eventually shut down and was purchased by the new owners of the American.

While chatting about Electric Owl’s closure, Fallick emphasizes that “The promise for something special was always there.” The main difference between the American and its former inhabitant is that, unlike Electric Owl, the aim of the new space isn’t to be a live music venue, but rather, “to create something where you [can] just go and be yourself and have fun.” The subtler styles of events at the American include pop-up restaurants, as well as DJ sets on the weekends. With the addition of arcade machines, the team also plans to potentially host gaming events at the pub.

Whether you want to watch a big game in a friendly environment or catch up with some friends, the American offers a lighthearted and fun space to unwind. As Fallick jokingly refers to it, the new “Cambie for adults” is sure to bring something special to this “vibrant part of the city.”

The American is located at 926 Main Street.

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