Vancouver Dinner Hot Spots
Hmmm...by avoiding Asian you are kinda avoiding what the city is best at..
If "fun" is a requirement, I would add Sanafir, Society and Refuel to your list,
Only go to Refuel if your large group is willing to order family style. Refuel seems to have elements of brilliance but is hit and miss. The only way to get around that in a single visit seems to be to order a large cross section of the menu...
If you are willing to give Asian a chance I would try Kingyo Izakaya style restaurant...
1944 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M5, CA
871 Denman St, Vancouver, BC V6G2L9, CA
1026 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L5, CA
Society Restaurant & Lounge
1257 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 6K3, CA
A hot spot these days is the entire area of Gastown: Chambar (technically in Crosstown - and one of my favourite "fun" spots), Salt, The Diamond (for the great craft cocktails - but they serve Japanese fusion), Cobre (Latin American fusion), The Irish Heather, The Alibi Room (Vancouver's best craft beer pub), Pourhouse....etc. A Gastown crawl might be tough to do during the Olympics, but a lot of fun.