We don’t know how it happened, but summer is already halfway over, and we need to make the most of all the sun-soaked afternoons we have left until Raincouver creeps back into our lives.
That being said, why not head out to one of the beautiful patios the city has to offer and enjoy some sunshine while we still have plenty of it? And of course, nothing makes a lazy patio hang better than cheap drink deals.
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Luckily there are some Vancouver hot spots with cheap happy hour specials, here are some places you need to hit up before the summer comes to a close.
Lowkey one of the best patios in the city, Hook Seabar not only boasts a killer view but a killer happy hour selection too. Enjoy cheap deals like $1.50 buck-a-shuck, $9 guac and chips, $3 fried oysters, $10 chicken wings, and drinks like $7 red and white wine and $5 Phillips Analogue 78 Lager. Enjoy these bargains Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 pm and Sunday to Thursday from 10 pm to midnight.
Address: 1210 Denman Street, Vancouver
You haven’t truly lived if you haven’t been to one of Tacofino’s locations in Vancouver. The Yaletown patio is an especially great spot to spend the day in the sun, and they do happy hour deals from 3 to 6 pm daily with $5 wine, $5 beer, and margarita specials, as well as small plates.
Address: 1025 Mainland Street, Vancouver
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar – Yaletown
One of the most well-known and prettiest open-air patios in the city, The Keg Steakhouse & Bar has many locations – however, our top pick is the Yaletown one. With a great view of the skyline and a casual-yet-sophisticated vibe, enjoy their daily happy hour specials from 4 to 6 pm and 10 pm until close.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Ancora aims to embrace both Peruvian and Japanese cultures by using sustainable seafood to create a menu that West Coasters will love. The outdoor seated area on the waterfront makes it the perfect spot for hanging out in the warm sun, and from 4 to 5 pm on weekdays Ancora has specials on select wines, beers, and cocktails as well as small plates.
Address: 1600 Howe Street #2, Vancouver
With happy hour specials daily from 3 to 5 pm, Water Street Cafe is our choice patio this summer if you are in the Gastown area. Offering 50% off all appetizers, $5 wine and beers, and $8 craft cocktails, this is the best spot for people watching and just soaking in the sun.
Address: 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Fayuca is most certainly one of the most interesting restaurants to land in Yaletown in recent years, and it offers happy hour specials on weekdays from 3 to 6 pm. Enjoy North Pacific Mexican inspired foods, $5 draught tap beers, $6.50 house wines, and featured cocktails.
Address: 1009 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
The patio at Chambar has one of the nicest views in the Vancouver city limits because of its location atop the hill of Gastown. Modern casual dining at its finest, they also do happy hour specials from 3 to 5 pm on weekdays, offering $8 select cocktails as well as small plates to graze on. With its chic and inviting atmosphere, this could very well be one of the best patios in town.
Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
If a place calls their happy hour “fiesta hour” how could you say no? Las Margaritas does specials from 2:30 to 5:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays and includes several classics such as margaritas and sangrias (you can even get pitchers). Not only that, but they have cheap eats for only $5 (think guacamole, hot wings, and quesadillas).
Address: 1999 W 4th Avenue, Vancouver
If you’re big on hidden gems in Vancouver, chances are you will love the Narrow Lounge on Main Street. Identifiable by the red light above its entrance, you may not be aware that there is actually a small patio out back that is a great summer hangout spot. This joint has cheap happy hour specials daily from 5 to 7 pm like $7.50 cocktails and $4 pints and wine.
Address: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver
Happy hour at The Boathouse Restaurant is 3 to 6 pm on weekdays and includes $7 pints, $5 spirits, $6 wines, and $7 cocktails, as well as various food specials. There are actually several Boathouse locations around Vancouver, however, one location you have to visit is located right on Kitsilano Beach. It really is the prime spot for people watching in the midst of summer.
Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
With happy hour special drinks starting at $4, look no further than the Banter Room for a casual afternoon drink with a group of friends. Pop down to this hot spot from 2 to 5 pm daily to enjoy their affordable drinks and the rowdy atmosphere.
Address: 1039 Mainland Street, Vancouver
One of Vancouver’s newest patios, D6, is your go-to spot for drinks in the afternoon sun in a sophisticated setting. With happy hour specials daily from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, patrons can enjoy $5 highballs, $5 featured white and red wines, as well as $5 draft beer.
Address: 39 Smithe Street, Vancouver