Vancouver's 50 best Happy Hours

When Happy Hour was finally made legal in British Columbia, in 2014, it offered long-overdue compensation to Vancouverites who rightly complain about the provincial and city governments’ continued unwillingness to let responsible adults indulge in afterwork libations like… responsible adults. (This annoyance continues to play out in the endless, ridiculous alcohol-sales-in-supermarkets brouhaha.) If we must live in this cruelly expensive city, let us at least forget about it for a few hours without causing further significant damage to the retirement funds we don’t have.

Happily, in the two-plus years since its launch, local restaurants and bars have been steadily upping their Happy Hour game, offering a wider and better variety of drink specials, often accompanied by very good food for very little outlay. Here are what we deem to be the 50 best Happy Hours currently sating our thirsts and appetites. 

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The Emerald
555 Gore St.,
Tues-Fri 5-7pm
Snacks $5; share plates and salads $10; select beers $4; house wines $5; half-price cocktails

185 Keefer St.,
Daily 4:30-6:00pm
Food specials $6-$10, “wood boards” $21-$23; beer and cider $5; cocktails and aperitifs $7 to $8; tap wines $7

The Keefer Bar
135 Keefer St.,
Sun-Fri 5-7pm
All food 2-for-1 (with purchase of drinks and parties of nine or less); wines and Aprerol spritz $8 each; nightly specials

Mamie Taylor’s
251 E. Georgia St.,
Mon-Fri 5-6pm; Sat-Sun 3-5pm
Draft beer $5; wine $6; the Mamie Taylor cocktail $6; select snacks $1-$2 each

The Union
219 Union St.,
“Late night” Happy Hour Fri-Sat 11:30pm-close; Sun all day
Food specials $6-$17; daily beer features


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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar - Leila Kwok photo

Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar
845 Burrard St.,
Daily 3-6pm
Food specials $5-$10; local oysters $2 each; select beers and highballs $5 each; select wines and cocktails $6 each

Café Medina
780 Richards St.,
Mon-Fri 2-3pm
House “libation” cocktails $7; draught beer $5; “coffee spikes” $4

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
1055 W. Hastings St.,
Daily 3-6pm
Craft beer pints $5; select wines $6; select American whiskey $5; oysters $1-$2 (6 per person, per order); select food $10-$13

1054 Alberni St.,
Daily 2:30-5:30pm
Draft beer, wines, highballs, Sangria and Caesars $5 each; martinis $8; oysters $1.50 each; small plates and sushi rolls $7.95-$12.95

Homer St. Cafe and Bar
898 Homer St.,
Mon-Fri 2:30-5pm
Wishbone lager, house wines, highballs, snacks and desserts $5 each

Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
637 Hornby St.,
Mon-Fri 3-6pm
Featured red and white wines $9 each; bottled beer $5; feature cocktails half off; snacks $3-$5

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
777 Thurlow St.,
Daily 4-6pm (at bar only)
Wine, highballs and Red Truck pints $5 each; $12 oysters (6 per order, per person); small plates $5.95-$13.95

Market by Jean-Georges
1115 Alberni St.,
Daily 3-6pm and 9pm-close
Draught beer and house wines $6 each; featured cocktails $8; snacks $9-$11

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Tableau Bar Bistro - Milk Creative Communications photo

Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville St.,
Daily 2:30-5:30-pm and 9pm-close
Select menu items half price; Blonde Bombshell lager, select highballs, wines and sparkling wine $5 each

1300 Robson St.,
Daily 3-6pm
$4 pilsner; half off “Snacks” menu

Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar
900 Seymour St.,
Daily 2-6pm
Select cocktails $8-$9; select wines $5 glass, $35 bottle; Brio Icelandic Pilsner $7; Angry Orchard cider $6; antipasti $5-$9

Yew Seafood + Bar
791 W. Georgia St.,
“Reverse” Happy Hour daily 8-11pm
Select cocktails and small plates $10 each


The Brighton
2471 E. Hastings St.,
Daily 3-8pm
Lonetree cider, Dirty Girl pilsner, house wine and select highballs $3.50 each 

Campagnolo Roma
2297 E. Hastings St.,
Daily opening-6pm
Featured pizza and a beer $20; daily drink and food specials

The Cascade
2616 Main St.,
Daily 3-6pm
Draught beer and wine $5 each; cocktails $6; Jack Daniels shots $4-$7; beer and a shot $8; snacks $4-$8; banger and a beer $8; burger and a beer $15

136 E. Broadway,
Daily 5-6pm
Tequila or Jameson shots $3; local draughts $5; wine $6; select cocktails $7

Colony Bar
2904 Main St.,
Mon-Fri 3-6pm
Appies $7.95-$8.95; lager and pale ale $3; wine and highballs $4 

646 Kingsway,
Mon-Sat 5-6:30pm
Daily beer ($4) and wine ($6) selections; burger and a beer $20; rotating food features half price

El Camino’s
3250 Main St.,
Daily 3-4 pm and 10pm-close; Sundays 4-10pm
Select tapas, tacos and desserts $6-$15

La Mezcaleria
1622 Commercial Dr.,
Tues-Sun 3-6pm
Ceviche Callejero $6; Quesito Fundido $8; house wines, draft beers and Paloma cocktails $5 each

What’s Up? Hot Dog!
2481 E. Hastings,
Daily 3-6pm
Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, Lonetree cider, select wines and highballs $3.50 each


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Ancora - Photo courtesy of Ancora

1600 Howe St.,
Mon-Fri 3:30-5pm
Oysters $2 each; select wines $6; rotating food and cocktail specials 

Beach Bay Cafe and Patio
1193 Denman St.,
Daily 2-5pm
Beer $5; wine $5; mulled wine $8; highballs $5; food specials $10-$13

The Blind Sparrow
751 Denman St.,
Daily 4-6pm
Pints $5; wine $6; feature taco $3; food specials $8-$10

833 Denman St.,
Mon-Fri 4:30-6pm
Special Happy Hour food items $3 each; beer pints $5, wine and highballs $4 each 

Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar
2201 W. 1st Ave.,
Daily 3-6pm
Craft beer pints $5; select wines $6; select American whiskey $5; oysters $1-$2 (min. 6 per person, per order); select food $5-$9

1943 Cornwall Ave.,
Daily 4-6pm
Past Blue Ribbon (sleeve) and Good Company lager (can) $4 each; select highballs $4.50

Score on Davie
1262 Davie St.,
Daily specials 


Belgard Kitchen
55 Dunlevy Ave.,
Mon-Thurs 3-6pm
Food specials $7-$9, daily wine selections and Postmark brewing pint $5 each

Catch 122
122 W. Hastings St.,
Tues-Fri 4-6pm; Sat-Sun 5-6pm
Select beers, wines and highballs $5 each; select cocktails $7; snacks $4-$10

La Mezcaleria
68 E .Cordova St.,
Tues-Sun 3-6pm
Ceviche Callejero $6; Quesito Fundido $8; house wines, draft beers and Paloma cocktails $5 each

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Tacofino Taco Bar - Dan Toulgoet photo

350 Carrall St.,
Daily 5-6:30pm; 10:30pm-late
Daily food specials; classic cocktails $7.50; wine $6; tall cans of Tiger beer $5

Six Acres
203 Carrall St.,
Daily 11:30am-6pm
Select beers $5; Pimm’s cup $5.50

Tacofino Taco Bar
15 W. Cordova St.,
Daily 3-6pm
Food specials $5-$10; all draft beer $5; red or white wine $1 off; margaritas $8


Hapa Izakaya
1193 Hamilton St.,
Daily 5-6pm, plus 9pm-close (Sun-Thurs only)
Food specials $3.50-$6.50; draft beer $4; wine $5

La Pentola
350 Davie St.,
Daily 9pm-late
Food specials $5; draft beer $4; wines $5; negroni $6

1118 Mainland St.,
Daily 4:30-6pm
Select aburi sushi and sushi rolls $16-$17.50; “Kanpai Dui” of feature beer and Kaisen tempura $12

Provence Marinaside
1177 Marinaside Cres.,
Daily 3-5pm
Select wines $5; small plates $5-$6

Rodney’s Oyster House
1228 Hamilton St.,
Mon-Sat 3-6pm
Food specials $6.95-$13.95

1079 Mainland St.,
Daily 3-6pm and 9pm-midnight (except Sun, to 11pm)
Food specials $5.50-$6.75; wines $5-$7; martinis and cocktails $6-$7; draft beer $5 



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The Frozen Blood Orange Margarita, available at all Cactus Club Cafe locations. - Contributed photo

Cactus Club Cafe
Various locations,
Hours and specials vary by location. See website for details.

Donnelly Group
Various locations,
Hours and specials vary by location. See website for details.

Various locations,
Daily 3-6pm and 9pm-close
Rhino beer $3 ($15, 64 oz growler); select wines $5-$9; select highballs $3; select cocktails $7-$9; select small plates $3-$9; daily bar features

The Flying Pig
Various locations,
Mon.-Fri. 3-6pm; Sat.-Sun. 4-6pm
“Appy Hour” appies $6.25-$7.50; rotating drink specials 

The Keg
Various locations,
Hours vary by location; see website for details.
Heineken draught, Keg Caesar, $5 each; Woodbridge wines $6; select appetizers $10-$12; daily $5 drink specials


This list is periodically updated.

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