The WISE features a historic performance & event hall upstairs and a cozy lounge downstairs. Just off the north end of Commercial Drive, the WISE is East Van’s favorite local!
Founded in 1958, The WISE is a non-profit heritage social organization whose mission is to foster and facilitate cultural, artistic, sporting and social endeavors in partnership with a diverse community in a fiscally responsible and socially respectful manner.
Concerts, celebrations, dances, fundraisers, theatre, cabaret…We feature some of the best local events, including our own Live at the WISE music series. The hall features more than 2,600 square feet of floor space, a professional sound and lighting system, a fully-licensed bar, a hip vintage feel, and can hold up to 250 people. The WISE Hall is also available for rent, for more information see the Hall page
Our downstairs lounge is a hip hideout, offering free darts, pool, foosball, WiFi, and a flat screen TV to watch the game. The bar features daily specials and the best brews at the tastiest prices in East Van. Home to many notorious musical and literary locals, you’ll never know who you’ll sit down next to! Memberships are only $10/year and loaded with perks – everyone is welcome to join. Join us today! For more information, see the Lounge page
We have been proud to be part of the diverse and vibrant community that is The Drive for the last 55 years. We kindly ask that our members and guests remember to respect that we are in a residential neighbourhood; while outside the WISE Club, kindly smoke in the designated area and keep voices down. Thanks!