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A culturally rich and authentic neighbourhood, Commercial Drive - also known as The Drive - is one of the best and most colourful shopping, dining and nightlife districts you will find in the city; and boasts home to Vancouver’s own 8 block Little Italy, representing more than 60 years of Italian heritage. Day or evening, The Drive offers 22 full blocks to explore with over 300 distinct merchants, including quaint boutiques, an eclectic collection of restaurants, a vibrant live music and bar scene, dinner and dancing, theatres, coffee houses, specialty food stores and bakeries. A one of a kind experience. Welcome to The Drive



Italian Day on The Drive!  is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 150 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 300,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures.


By DriveYVR | September 17, 2018


The Commercial Drive Business Society presents our annual Halloween on The Drive!

FREE, SAFE, FUN for the whole family on The Drive, at participating merchants and Grandview Park!

Remembrance Day – Grandview Park Cenotaph – Nov 11

By Drive Admin | October 29, 2017

Remembrance Day Remembrance Day – Nov 11th Running Order & Parade Info:   10:30am – March Off to Grandview Park from Britannia Community Centre   10:45am – Arrive Grandview Park Cenotaph   11:11am – Two Minutes of Silence   11:30am – Parade to Canadian Legion 179   Parade reforms and marches down Commercial Drive, to Legion #179, passing the Read more…

Little Italy Food Tour

By Drive Admin | September 21, 2017

Taste Vancouver Food Tours
Every Saturday from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm on Commercial Drive, our special partners at Taste Vancouver Food Tours, take those wishing to experience a unique multi-establishment food, history and tasting in some of our fine Italian establishments. They couple this with an interactive guide to learn about the history that has made The Drive one the most vibrant, and delicious districts in Vancouver to experience.


By DriveYVR | September 14, 2019

Partial proceeds to save the Honey Bees through the East Van Bees Company.

Our Humble Hive Brown Ale is made with East Van Bees honey and we are happy to host four hives on our roof to help pollinate the local flora. Humble Hive is meant to express that the little things matter in life and can make all the difference.

So support your local beekeeper by supporting East Van… and if you ever see an East Van bee around the brewery, “bee” cool.

Indian Cuisine on The Drive

By DriveYVR | July 12, 2019

Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, and Cardamom – a curry lover’s shortlist
Vancouver’s Commercial Drive is home to some of the best South Asian cuisine in the city. Whether you are looking for a quick take-out option, or an elegant dinner date, you will find the exotic flavours of the Indian sub-continent prevalent right here on The Drive.

Lombardo’s Pizzeria and Ristorante

By DriveYVR | June 9, 2019

Vancouver has a long beloved history with Italian culture. So much so that in 2016 the city of Vancouver finally and unanimously declared a stretch of Commercial Drive now officially known as Little Italy. After 60 years of Italian settlement, we are still grateful to visit and experience many long-standing Italian merchants.

Little Italy Vancouver – Made in Italy…

By DriveYVR | May 31, 2019

You dream of one day visiting Italy – a trip you hope will include shopping for great fashion, immaculate workmanship, and an evening filled with food, music, and dancing with the locals. Dreams do come true when you spend a day in Vancouver’s Little Italy right here on Commercial Drive.

Let the Music Play – Rufus Guitar and Drum Shop

By DriveYVR | May 10, 2019

After a couple of months of renovations and getting settled, April welcomed the newly opened and anticipated music store Rufus Guitar and Drum Shop, at 1803 Commercial Drive. Nestled at the former Wonderbucks location, the spacious shop at the corner of 2nd St. has everything you would want and more when it comes to playing and learning music.

Mothers Day On The Drive

By DriveYVR | May 2, 2019

Mother’s Day is a chance to show that special woman in our life how much she means to us, and Commercial Drive is the perfect place to do just that.

Keeping it simple? Visit SuperValu on Commercial Drive for a great selection of flowers, then pick out her favourite dessert at Fratelli’s. Add a …

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