Ramshackle indoor skate venue with awesome vibes. Rock out on the ramp.
SBC Restaurant operates mostly as one of the city’s few places to skate indoors but also hosts concerts — damn good ones, at that. It opened in 2013 on the site of the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret, and this heritage has inspired both the place’s name and its logo.
The Smilin’ Buddha opened in the 1950s and became known as a music venue in the 1970s and ’80s. Legendary rockers including Jimi Hendrix and D.O.A. In the years running up to its 1993 closing, it was home to Vancouver’s punk scene.
The location remained empty and unused for a decade until its reincarnation. Now, it is once again a focal point for the local music scene. Legendary bands like Dayglo Abortions still play there, but it also hosts many up-and-comers. Bands playing here tend to be on the heavier end of the spectrum of both punk and metal.
SBC may not have Vancouver’s best sound system, but it more than makes up for that with its atmosphere. It’s a welcoming space at the heart of East Hastings, boasting a DIY, community vibe. Bands play at one end of the corridor-like space, while audience members sit or stand on the ramp.