Happy Hour Finally Arrives in B.C.

Dec 19 2017, 11:01 am

Happy hour has finally arrived in B.C.!

B.C. was the only province in Canada that did not allow happy hour to take place in bars and restaurants.

The new liquor law comes into effect today and will finally allow bars to offer happy hour specials. If you’d like to enjoy a drink or two with a colleague after work, now you can and you don’t have to break the bank! This is great news for already cash-strapped Vancouverites.

The minimum drink price is $3 for a five-ounce glass of wine, 12-ounce sleeve of beer or a single-ounce cocktail.

What you need to know

  • Minimum drink prices for happy hours are $3 per drink. “Two for one” drink specials are still prohibited, as they are considered a strategy likely to promote intoxication.
  • Restaurants must continue to offer a full menu, but if patrons simply want to order drinks, they are not obligated to order food as well.
  • Patrons may take  drink purchased in one establishment to an adjoining establishment if both are owned by the same licensee.

Read more from the BC Restaurant & Food Services Association.


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