I never discounted pubs etc. In fact I stated I had fun at numerous ones across the lower mainland. I merely pointed out that perhaps you're going to the wrong ones and/or hanging out with the wrong people. There are certainly clique-y clubs...again, don't go to them.
Any city will be exactly what you make of it. You're apparently determined to make negative of it. As such you shouldn't be surprised by your results.
How is it that I can go out in this city and have fun, meet friendly people etc and you can't?
You can obviously have fun in this city, but it's not as easy as other cities. There are also almost no public festivals, events, gathering places, etc... for a city this size. I'm also not the only one complaining about it. So, it's actually you who's being an arrogant ass here, which is exactly part of the problem. If it was just me with the problem, then yes you'd have a point. But Vancouver has the nickname "no fun city".
Not only are the people unfriendly, but the whole infrastructure is geared towards Nimbys. Liquor and restaurant licenses are restrictive. You need a licence to have a dance floor. Our new entertainment/casino district was cancelled for....more condos.
We have articles in newspapers about it:http://www.huffingto..._b_1931606.html
But apparently, there is no problem. Everyone who complains about it is "George Bush" and you're a social dynamo. I have a great social scene. I go out every weekend and was able to meet friends, but largely through school. I meet people downtown, but largely have very superficial meetings. I also get tired of having so few choices. Seriously, a license to have a dance floor? You've got to be kidding me. The simple fact of the matter is that you have to work harder in Vancouver to have a good time. There is an infrastructure set up in total oppossition to it.
I can't seriously believe people in this thread are arguing that the social scene is good here or that it's an easy city to make it economically in. Just google Vancouver "cost of living" or "no fun city", and you'll see what people actually think.