Do You Remember When Vancouver Bars Had Smoking Rooms?

We take a look back at one of the city's not-so-shining moments.

August 3, 2017

By Stacey McLachlan / Photo: Paul Joseph/Verve Photographics


Where There’s Smoke

Not so long ago, “Got a light?” was the mating call of the nightlife scene, so when the province banned smoking in bars in 2000, the lonely and the black-lunged found themselves at a loss. Smoking booths (like this one, pictured at the now-defunct Fred’s Uptown Tavern in our April 2001 issue) were a valiant attempt to keep those nicotine-fuelled flirtations inside, but the quarantine vibe wasn’t sexy enough (hard to believe, we know) to last.


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