3 awesome Vancouver happy hours for every day of the week

Feb 13 2020, 4:53 pm

This piece was written for Daily Hive by Charlotte Barbour.

Blue Mondays? Hump Day Horrors? Sunday Scaries?

Even if your days of the week don’t go exactly to plan, you can make sure your happy hours do.

From Pacific-fresh seafood to piping-hot comfort food, we’ve identified the Vancouver restaurants serving up the happiest of happy hours. So for those who champion wallet-friendly menu choices in a wallet-hostile Vancouver, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some of the city’s best happy hours, for every day of the week. 


La Mezcaleria


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If you’re looking to kickstart your week with some spice, look no further than La Mezcaleria, located in downtown and East Vancouver. In a menu bursting with authentic Mexican fare, look out for seasonal fish ceviche, pulled chicken corn flautas and the “Palomita” cocktail, made with Reposado tequila and grapefruit soda.

Happy hour: Monday to Thursday from 5 to 6 pm; Friday to Sunday from 2 to 5 pm

Address: 68 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-6447

Address: 1622 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-8226

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Caffè Di Beppe


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Experience a slice of Italy smack-bang in the middle of Gastown. Choose from authentic Italian snacks, including salumi misti, burrata, polpettes, and pasta Rotolo, with wine coming in at $5 a glass. You can also opt for an Italian cocktail or, if you’re feeling extra European, Vermouth at $3.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 8 W Cordova Street, Vancouver

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Set on Granville Island waterfront, enjoy panoramic views of the city over chilli squid, salt-cod fritters and a selection of low-price beers, spirits, cider, and wine. Dockside Vancouver also has the power to get your week off to a fun start, with 50% off bottles of BC wine every Monday. You know you want to.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 5 pm

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7070

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Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar


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With locations in Kitsilano and Coal Harbour, Chewie’s is Vancouverites’ go-to for New Orleans-inspired “soul food.” It successfully channels that famous Southern hospitality, with both locations hosting a daily happy hour. Brighten up your Tuesday with creations like oyster pate, double-smoked bacon mussels, the beach oyster of the day, and a selection of delicious beers at $5 a pint.

Happy hour: Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 6 pm (Kitsilano); Monday to Sunday from 3 to 6 pm (Coal Harbour)

Address: 1055 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7634

Address: 2201 W 1st Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-4448


Tacofino (Gastown)


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In a space that screams ‘70s Southern California, this laid-back Latin American-inspired bar boasts a buzzing atmosphere and consistently good music alongside its impressive happy hour menu. Creative margaritas (think jalapeño, ginger and pear, and pineapple cinnamon) come in at $8, while its simple yet effective plates include chicken wings, pork ribs, and corn fritters.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 15 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-899-7907

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Ebisu On Robson


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Because let’s be honest, sushi brightens up any day. Head to Ebisu’s super central location with friends and share a pitcher of beer for under $14, shuck $1.50 oysters, and sample some of Vancouver’s most delicious sushi creations, all for under $9.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm and Sunday to Thursday from 9 pm to close

Address: 827 Bute Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-8266



Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar


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Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster bar offers a creative spin on seafood classics, with happy hour dishes like marinated octopus and lingcod tacos with lashings of Sriracha mayo. Be there between 3 pm and 5:30 pm daily to enjoy unique cuisine in an elegant bistro setting. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the “Boulevardier” house cocktail, made with bourbon, vermouth, and Campari.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 5:30 pm

Address: 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-642-2900

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If you appreciate interiors as much as a decent happy hour, this one’s for you. Industrial meets art deco under the high ceilings of this popular eatery, whose happy hour menu boasts some tasty vegetarian and vegan snacks, as well as highballs and local craft beer fresh from Main Street for $5.

Happy hour: Sunday to Wednesday from 3 to 5:30 pm

Address: 1017 W Hastings Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-695-9500

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With a prime waterfront location on the Coal Harbour seawall, the view from Cardero’s is almost as good as its happy hour. Head down between 3 and 6 pm to grab snacks from Albacore tuna sliders to Japanese style chicken, washed down with a Stanley Park beer for $5.

Happy hour: Monday to Friday from 3 to 5 pm

Address: 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-7666

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ARC Restaurant


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Arc is an ideal location to kick back and enjoy that nearly-Friday post-work buzz. Choose from a selection of wine or delicious local craft beers at $6 each — or a house highball for $5— before sampling the restaurant’s simple yet tasty menu. Happy hour bites include creations like pork rillettes and tiger blue cheese, crab cake sliders, and vegetable crudo. Afterwards, why not stick around for live music from 6p m, Thursday through Saturday.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: Hotel Fairmont Waterfront — 900 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-691-1818


Pier 7


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Perched on the banks of the North Shore, this well-placed restaurant looks out over the sea, from which it sources much of its menu. Order up the restaurant’s signature calamari with créole spice, onion, jalapeño, lemon, and tzatziki. Round it up with a $5 Pacific pale ale, sit back, and let the restaurant’s Thursday night live music kick your weekend off early.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 25 Wallace Mews, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-929-7437

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The Flying Pig


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With three locations across Vancouver, The Flying Pig’s mission to create “unforgettable but humble family feasts” shines through in its glorious happy hour menu. Choose from comfort-laden dishes like poutine, truffled jumbo macaroni, and pulled pork sandwiches, all for $8 or less.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm and 10 pm to close; 9 pm to close Olympic Village

Address: 1168 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-1344

Address: 102 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-7968

Address: 127 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1111

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Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House


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Named after Vancouver’s first official lifeguard, this popular spot in Downtown makes for a promising first port of a Friday night, featuring regular live music and celebrity sightings alongside scrumptious happy hour offerings. Dishes include jumbo tempura prawns, fried oysters, steamed clams and beef carpaccio, with beer, wine, and highballs for under $8. These deals are available at the bar only.

Happy hour: Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 6 pm

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-1940

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Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market


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Fanny Bay Oyster and Shellfish Market have the “tide to table” concept nailed, serving up shellfish from their own farms around BC. Head down to their central flagship location on Cambie Street to sample snacks ranging from Sablefish collars to steamed Manila clams. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, top your order off with the house “oyster shooter,” a whisky Caesar topped with a freshly shucked oyster.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 762 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-379-9510


Nicli Antica Pizzeria


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With locations in Gastown and North Vancouver, get your weekend off to a gastronomic start with a portion of Nicli Antica’s self-proclaimed best pizza in Vancouver. Choose from Margarita, Diavola, or Pesto. Not fussed about pizza? Opt for polpettes, picholine olives, or an Arugula and fennel salad instead. Pair with an Aperol Spritz or Negroni and you’re practically in a west coast Napoli.

Happy hour: Sunday to Thursday from 3 to 6p m and 9 pm to close; Friday and Saturday from 3 to 6 pm (Gastown); Sunday to Thursday from 2 to 5 pm and 8 pm to close; Friday and Saturday from 2 to 5 pm (North Vancouver)

Address: 62 E Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-6985

Address: 3142 Highland Blvd, North Vancouver
Phone: 604-770-1240



The Boathouse


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Head to this spot’s Kitsilano location to catch waterfront happy hour specials all week long in this seafood stalwart. Serving up quality dishes since 1981, happy hour highlights include coconut shrimp, Ahi tuna tacos and oyster shucks from $1.99. Keep your taste buds tingling with one of their delectable cocktails at just $7 each.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604 738-5487


Tableau Bar Bistro


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Offering a modern take on the Parisian café culture of yore, Tableau Bar Bistro in Coal Harbour has a distinct classic yet casual feel, with a combination of seafood and traditional French fare on its happy hour menu. Spend your Saturday snacking on gougères, West Coast oysters or, for the more adventurous, a plate of buttery escargots.

Happy hour: Daily from 2:30 to 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm to close; 10 pm to close on Friday and Saturday

Address: 1181 Melville Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-639-8692

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If you enjoy your surf as much as your turf, WildTale is the perfect venue for some premium Saturday night cuisine. From coconut fried shrimp to braised meatballs, there’s also a range of tempting raw options, including fresh ceviche, Hawaiian tuna poke and grilled oysters. With happy hour running until close, WildTale is an ideal setting to honour its namesake.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm and 9 pm to close

Address: 1079 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-428-9211

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Whether you’re hungover from the night before, or just craving a plate of wholesome comfort food, Burgoo is the ultimate Sunday go-to. Its menu of “happy snacks” includes classics like Tater Tots, sausage bites and Brie fondue, with house wine and cocktails for $7 and under. Make sure to head to their North Vancouver location to catch live music every Sunday.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 6 pm

Address: 2272 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-734-3478

Address: 3096 Main Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-873-1441

Address: 3 Lonsdale Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-904-0933

Address: 4434 W 10th Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-221-7839

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This Belgian-themed, North African-inspired gem in Crosstown serves up a relaxed happy hour to complement the most relaxing day of the week. Order a charcuterie with sourdough bread or a selection of cheeses and enjoy the happy hour specials on Okanagan wine, Botanist gin and tonic, and local craft beer.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 5 pm

Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-879-7119

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Beach House Restaurant


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This iconic West Vancouver spot may be a bus ride from Downtown, but it is very much worth the trip. Take a Sunday stroll along the sea walk before ducking in for some fresh seafood dishes and a delicious Beach House pale ale. If you’re up early enough, you could even catch their brunch happy hour, served weekends from 10 to 11 am.

Happy hour: Daily from 3 to 5:30 pm and 9 pm to close

Address: 150 25th Street, West Vancouver
Phone: 604-922-1414


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