Happy Hour-a-holic

It’s common knowledge that Vancouver; the hipster hub of long beards and 1950’s moustaches, is just as pricey as it is trendy. Over the years I’ve picked up certain tricks in order to keep up to date with the latest local food trends without spending like Beyoncé.

Yes, that’s right I enjoy exploiting everyone’s favourite pastime – the happy hour.
This city is actually filled to the brim of restaurants and bars offering this penny pinches dream. The secret is in knowing the top place to take advantage of Vancouver’s newest tradition.

1. Water 131.

Appies for Happy Hour. 131 Water St
Half price appies @131WaterSt Gastown, Vancouver. Photo by Jemma Jones

We were gallivanting through the cobblestone streets of Gastown, getting ever so hungry as we passed by the overly chic and over priced restaurants that inhabit Vancouver’s oldest area. So when we stumbled upon Water 131, we didn’t know what we were walking into. The sign read half prices appy’s and we silently agreed.

Friendly service and a little menu, offering numerous half price nibbles like deep fried pickles and chicken wings.
You’ll find the most expensive item at $5, it certainly made the $3 wine taste even sweeter.

 2. UVA

Off the main strip of Granville Street and off to feeling fabulous.
UVA wine bar offers an extensive cocktail menu that was created to wow the knickers off their guests. And they’ll do just that, with $1 oysters – it won’t just be about the shucking… The overall appearance reminded me of a dimly lit jazz bar I’ve never been to. UVA offers a friendly experience, with a classical cliché setting to make you feel like millions even if you’ve only got dimes.

Happy Hour Vancouver. Half price cocktails UVA Wine Bar Granville St, Vancouver, BC Canada.
Half price cocktails @UVA Wine Bar – Granvile St, Vancouver. Photo by Jemma Jones.

 3. Chewies

Maybe it’s the Star Wars reference.
Maybe it’s due to the exceptional  sourcing of oysters.
It might be even the fact that regardless of time Chewies offer exceptional service. Not just a ‘server’ but someone whom is passionately committed in educating their guests about what their putting in their mouths.
Holy shit – servers that care.
In terms of happy hour, Chewies has it all from a great 1/2 price menu to an even better drinks selection. Plus my personal all time fav – the buck a shuck.
Whilst I am yet to expand my horizons at the Davies street location, Chewies at Coal Harbour is primo.
Boasting an epic patio for the summer, not to mention a stylish interior designed typical dockside eatery.

4. Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar 

Just off of Robson Street sits the ritzy Sutton Palace Hotel.
 An elegant, luxury hotel known for celebrity stays.
This is the type of place I wouldn’t normally get to experience.
Hats off to you happy hour.
$1 oysters and a half price cocktail menu crafted to intrigue, you won’t be left thirsty. Sit back in the lounge chairs and enjoy the delightful sips of their wizard like mixology.

Need a little more than oysters and cheap cocktails during your Vancouver stay? Perhaps burgers, beers and milkshakes? Check out The Cannibal Cafe for great greasy eats.

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