Some of us have a budget when it comes to eating out—indulging in Vancouver’s food scene doesn’t come cheap.
That’s why happy hours exist, to allow food-lovers (and cocktail enthusiasts) to find affordable menu items that won’t leave your wallet feeling completely drained when the bill comes.
Here are 15 spots to find happy hour food around town.
Belgard Kitchen (55 Dunlevy Avenue)
Known for its moody lighting and wood-centric décor, this Railtown spot is definitely an inviting happy hour hub. Its “happy afternoon” menu features a small but salivating selection of eats, including mushroom and bacon pate ($8), green chickpea and avocado hummus ($9), and margherita pizzette ($7). You can also pair your food with a daily feature red or white wine, or a daily feature Postmark pint—all at five bucks each. Its happy hour runs Monday to Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Roof at Black + Blue (1032 Alberni Street)
Black + Blue’s rooftop lounge and patio offers a chic ambience and a white-collared crowd. Its cocktail hour showcases plenty of $5 drinks (highballs, sangria, draft beers), but its food options aren’t too shabby either. Menu picks include crispy calamari ($9.95), mac-and-cheese sticks with truffled cheese sauce ($7.95), tuna poke bowls (11.95), and feature oysters for $1.50. Its happy hour is offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (845 Burrard Street)
With its fancy décor and furnishings (think refurbished antique chandeliers and imported Italian marble), you’d probably never consider visiting Boulevard if you’re on a budget. However, its happy hour menu offers items that both affordable and mouth-watering. Indulge in everything from octopus ceviche ($10) to Korean galbi ‘dogs’ ($10), fresh hand-cut fries ($5) to local oysters ($2 each). It also has a selection of beers, cocktails, wines, and highballs at special prices. Its happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Carlos O’Bryans Neighbourhood Pub (1774 West 7th Avenue)
This Irish pub and restaurant is a hot spot in the Kitsilano area, and you’ll find yourself having a good time even on a rainy weeknight. Guests will find a happy hour food menu with all appetizers discounted to $7. Indulge in some potato skins, chicken quesadillas, or its mouth-watering pachos (waffle-style fries sprinkled with its signature spice and topped with cheddar cheese and green onions). It also offers special-priced drinks such as hi-balls and cocktails ($3.50), domestic draft ($4.50), and Naked Grape wine ($6). Its happy hour runs daily from 2 to 6 p.m., and all day Mondays.
Catch 122 Café Bistro (122 West Hastings Street)
Perhaps you know this brick-lined spot best for its contemporary Canadian brunch items, but Catch 122 also has a great selection of happy hour snacks. Some of the items on its specially priced menu include fried oyster ($4), fried chicken with maple glaze and smoked aioli ($8), and mussels with smoked bacon and pernod cream ($10). You can also order beer ($4), red and white wine ($5), and classic cocktails and house creations ($7) to go with your bites. Happy hour is offered her Tuesday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ebisu on Robson (827 Bute Street)
What do you do when you find out that a Japanese eatery offers tasty happy hour eats? You go back again, and again, and again. Ebisu on Robson Street is one of those places where you look at the clock and see if you can still make it in time to order from its cheap afternoon menu. Some of its popular items include royal miyagi oysters (99 cents each), volcano roll ($7.99), agedashi tofu ($4.99), and chicken karaage ($5.99). Pair your meal with a pint ($4.50) or pitcher ($11.99) if the tap water doesn’t satisfy you. Its happy hour runs daily from 3 to 6 p.m., and Sunday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to closing.
Fanny Bay Oysters (762 Cambie Street)
It’s not a secret that our city loves fresh seafood, so it’s even better when there’s a deal involved. Vancouver’s first tide-to-table oyster bar and shellfish market is in the heart of the city, offering a happy hour menu for a post-work get together or pre-game bite. Guests will find everything from freshly shucked oysters ($1.50 each) to its popular fried oysters ($10), and clams & fritz ($11) to deep fried pickles ($7). Drink specials include B.C. wines ($6.50) and featured beers ($5). Its happy hour is offered daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
Gyu-Kaku (G3-888 Nelson Street and 210-950 West Broadway)
If you haven’t tried Japanese barbecue before, then you’re missing out. Guests can choose a variety of meats, seafood, and veggies to cook on a flaming charcoal grill—but the dining experience can add up fast. That’s why the best time to hit up this hot spot is during its happy hours. Menu items range from appetizers like fried calamari ($5) and sweet potato fries ($4), to ready-to-grill proteins such as toro beef ($4.50) and garlic shrimp ($6). Its super happy hour choices include fried gyoza dumplings ($3), spicy pork ($2), and beer ($3). Its happy hour runs daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday to Thursday from 9 p.m. to close, Friday and Saturday from 9:30 p.m. to close, and all day Mondays. Its super happy hour is available Monday to Friday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse (777 Thurlow Street)
Often seen as a legendary restaurant in the city, Joe Fortes is popular for brunch, dinner, and its famous happy hour selections. Besides its buck-a-shuck oysters, there are plenty of tasty items that guests can choose from. We like its truffle parmesan fries ($7.95), oyster Rockefeller with hollandaise ($13.95), jumbo tiger prawn cocktail ($12.95), beef carpaccio with grainy mustard ($9.95), and mini lobster & shrimp rolls ($10.95). As for the thirst-quenchers ($5), its menu offers Molson pints, red and white white, and Joe’s highballs. Its happy hour runs daily at the bar from 4 to 6 p.m.
La Mezcaleria (1622 Commercial Drive and 68 East Cordova Street)
If you’re craving some mouth-watering Mexican fare, check out either one of La Mezcaleria’s two locations. Its happy hour menu features ceviche callejero ($6) made with seasonal fish, tomato, lime and more; amigos flight ($16)—made of ceviche callejero, octopus ceviche, and guacamole; and quesito fundido ($8)—a molten cheese fondue served in a volcanic stone bowl and topped with your choice of salsa. The special menu also offers house wines ($5), draft beers ($5), and palomas ($6). Its happy hour runs Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., and Mondays 9 p.m. to late (only at its Commercial location).
Rodney’s Oyster House (52 Powell Street and 1228 Hamilton Street)
Seafood aficionados in Vancouver never really have to worry about expensive ocean fare, because there’s also a cheaper alternative. Rodney’s in Gastown and Yaletown both offer a “Low-Tide” menu—cheaper seafood bites. Features may vary at the two locations, but will mostly include fresh oysters of the day ($1.50), mussels ($12.50), clams ($12.50), pan-fried oysters ($13.50), and garlic shrimp ($12.50). Its interior is also decked out with Maritime décor, so it will make you feel like you’ve entered a fishing boat of some sort. Its happy hour menu is available Monday to Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Tableau Bar Bistro (1181 Melville Street)
With its sleek bar and contemporary interior, this French bistro is a hotspot for people who work in the downtown core. Its happy hour menu offers tasty fare at a half-price rate, including a charcuterie and cheese plate ($9), burger and frites ($9), crispy fishcake with lemon aioli ($7), and poutine ($5). Drinks specials ($5) include blonde bombshell lagers, French red and whites, and sparkling wine. Its happy hour is offered daily from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and 9 p.m. until closing.
Tacofino (15 West Cordova Street)
Located in Gastown’s Blood Alley, Tacofino’s taco bar is the spot for West Coast-meets-Mexican grub. You’ll feel pleasantly at ease as soon as you step into its 70s Southern California-inspired interior, complete with colourful walls and loud music. Its discounted menu features chips & dip ($10), chili salt wings with lime and valentina ($6), salmon ceviche ($8), and hush puppies ($5)—also known as sweet corn fritters. Drink specials include margaritas ($8), drafts beers ($5), and wines by the glass ($1 off). You can check out its happy hour daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
The Flying Pig (various locations)
What do you get when you walk in to a restaurant named “The Flying Pig”? Well, not flying pigs. But you will come across Canadian fare in a comfortable and laidback environment. Its ‘appy hour bites include crispy salmon cakes ($6.50), truffled jumbo macaroni ($6.75), classic poutine ($7.50), and pulled pork sandwiches ($7.25). Each location may offer different items, so check out its chalkboard for current choices. Its happy hour selection is available at all locations Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., and weekends from 4 to 6 p.m.
WildTale Coastal Grill (1079 Mainland Street)
This brick-walled eatery is nestled in the heart of Yaletown, serving up coastal dishes and fresh seafood. Its regular menu already offers bites at a reasonable price, but its happy hour selection will cater to those who are a little tight on budget. Some of the featured grub ($6) includes AAA beef carpaccio, steamed PEI mussels with white wine and herbs, and blackened fish tacos with avocado crema. Drinks range from wines ($5 to $7) to cocktails ($6 to $7) to draft beers ($5). You can find its happy hour specials at the bar and in the lounge daily from 3 to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close.More