Not too long ago the vibe on Yew street was of hype, hip and hopping night-clubs. The music, comedy and culture scene was notoriously known by tourists, celebrities and local residents. A recent article by the Georgia Straight reminded us of the Urban Well (now Hapa Beach) where renowned comics like Robin Williams, Zach Galifianakis, and local VanCity boy, Seth Rogan would “stand-up.” This short strip has had a great history of musical attraction. Rossini’s (now Nook) was a great spot to catch a variety of bands, jazz musicians and blues artists. Four years after ending its 18 years on Yew, Rossini’s legendary saturday jam sessions are still missed by many. There’s only one place on Yew that offers live music and entertainment in Kitsilano, and they’ve been doing so for over 40 years.
The Kings Head is one of Kitsilano’s first ever restaurants, establishing their spot in 1973. This coming October 17th, The Kings Head will celebrate their 42nd year anniversary. After speaking with the management team, their goal is to say “#ThankYew” to all those that have supported it for the past 41 years by having a party. A couple years back The Kings Head lent its space to WINGS, but that flight lasted less than a year before being clipped. The Kings Head signage remained atop the building as it will forever be a landmark in Kitsilano. The tudor-style spot has been standing strong since 1897. There’s been a variety of businesses (eg. fish market and beauty parlour) that set in this beautiful building, however, none of them have lasted as long as The Kings Head.
These days, The Kings Head is known for providing young artists stage time on Wednesday nights for Open Mic, and more established artists an opportunity to perform on weekends. Every other Tuesday night is the Kings Head Comedy, hosted by Colin Sharp and James Kennedy. The Kings Head boasts as being the greatest spot to catch UFC main events every month as it has over 90 seats and the biggest TV screens on the block.