Happy Hour-a-holic

It’s common knowledge that Vancouver, the hipster hub of long beards and greased mustaches, 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 filled to the brim with restaurants and bars offering the penny pinches dream. Take advantage of Vancouver’s latest food trend, with these top favs.

1. Water 131.

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

Gallivant down the cobblestones of Gastown, the historic streets of Vancouver’s oldest area has it’s own vibe. Where business suits and Gucci wearing film stars, meet homeless crack fiends. There are no lack of chic and stylish restaurants to graze at.

Water 131, should be your first stop on your Gastown food adventure.

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 half priced cocktail menu, followed by $1 oysters, this is an experience created to wow the knickers off their guests.  Dimly lit, in a classical cliché setting to make you feel like millions, UVA’s happy hour offers an affordable day on the town.

Happy Hour Vancouver. Half price cocktails UVA Wine Bar Granville St, Vancouver, BC Canada.
Half price cocktails @UVA Wine Bar – Granville 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 that offers Southern style cooking like fired chicken and waffles to Po’boy’s. Topped by an even better drinks selection, sourcing from locals favorites like Granville Island and Whistler brews.

Not forgetting my all time fav – the buck a shuck.

The Coal Harbor location boasts 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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