Happy Hour in Vancouver: Top Spots for Cheap Drinks and Bites

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Feb 21, 2023

Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the best happy hour spots in Vancouver. After a long day of work, there's nothing quite like unwinding with friends over a few drinks and some delicious bites at a great happy hour spot. Whether you're a long-time Vancouverite or a first-time visitor to the city, our guide has got you covered with our top picks for affordable drinks and bites.

Our recommendations are not only focused on affordability but also on quality. We've taken into consideration the ambiance, service, and overall vibe of each location to ensure you have the best experience possible

So sit back, relax, and let our guide be your happy hour guru. We'll take you on a tour of Vancouver's best happy hour spots and help you discover some hidden gems along the way.

Pourhouse Restaurant

If you're looking for an excellent happy hour experience in Vancouver's Gastown neighborhood, be sure to check out the Pourhouse Restaurant. This cozy spot offers a great happy hour menu, available every day from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

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Indulge in the delectable cocktail offerings at Pourhouse. The bartenders take great pride in crafting each drink, using only the finest ingredients to create unique and flavorful concoctions.

During happy hour, you can enjoy the Pourhouse burger and fries, as well as a tasty Scotch egg, for a great price. Other must-try happy hour items include the Fried Chicken, Truffle Tots, and Onion Dip.

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The live music adds to the cozy ambiance, and the service is excellent. Whether you're a local or a visitor to Vancouver, be sure to stop by Pourhouse Restaurant for a fantastic happy hour experience.

Location: 162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2 | Open in Google Maps

La Taqueria Pinche Taco

Looking for an authentic Mexican food experience? Look no further than La Taqueria Pinche Taco, a vibrant and colorful eatery that specializes in classic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. And the good news is that the happy hour here offers very cheap beer, margaritas, and, of course, amazing tacos!

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Their Fish Baja Taco is a must-try, with its crispy battered wild fish, creamy coleslaw, and cilantro. If you're in the mood for something meaty and cheesy, the Carnitas Taco is also a great option. These little tacos pack a punch of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

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Don't miss out on the chance to taste some authentic Mexican street food while enjoying some delicious margaritas during the happy hour!

La Taqueria Pinche Taco has multiple locations throughout the city, including:

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Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe boasts multiple locations, each offering a beautiful atmospherestunning interiors, and some of the best patios in Vancouver. At the Coal Harbour location, be sure to ask for a table with a view overlooking the harbor - perfect for enjoying sunset cocktails and happy hour. Meanwhile, the English Bay location provides a picturesque view of English Bay Beach, equally perfect for watching the sunset.

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Their happy hour runs every day from 2-5 PM and 9:30 till close, offering various discounts on food and drinks. The drinks are fantastic, with margaritas and Bellinis that are well-made and tasty. You can even enjoy a frozen rosé, one of the better frosés available.

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The food is equally delicious and worth it. Enjoy the Steak Frites, which is juicy and pleasantly tasty. Other fan favorites include the raviolipoke bowl, and truffle fries. All in all, the Happy Hour deals are definitely worth checking out.

Tap & Barrel

If you're looking for a great spot to enjoy happy hour in Vancouver, Tap & Barrel is definitely worth checking out. With multiple locations throughout the city, some offering picturesque water views, it's a great place to soak up the sun and enjoy some good vibes.

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The sunny patiofriendly service and decent food make for a great combination, and the happy hour menu offers some fantastic options. Some favorites include guac & salsa, tuna ceviche, hummus, steak frites french onion sliders and more. If you're feeling a bit more hungry, they also have different bowl options like the Vegan Grilled Avocado Bowl, Tofu Bowl or Halloumi Power Bowl.

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And of course, there are plenty of drink options to choose from, including beer, wine, and cocktails. So if you're in the mood for some delicious bites and drinks, Tap & Barrel is definitely worth a visit.

Here are the locations:

  • Tap & Barrel | Olympic Village (75 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1)
  • Tap & Barrel | Convention Centre (76-1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3)
  • Tap & Barrel | Shipyards  (8 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7L 0B2)

The Pawn Shop

Located in a lively and vibrant part of Vancouver, The Pawn Shop is a great place to grab some delicious tacos and drinks with friends. The restaurant boasts a trendy and attractive interior, with cozy benches and graffiti walls that add to the overall ambiance.

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The Pawn Shop is famous for its Tacos and Tequilas, and their happy hour menu is a great opportunity to indulge in these treats at an affordable price. During happy hour, guests can enjoy tacos for as low as $2.50 each and $5.00 spiked slush drinkslager, or even tequila shots. The variety of tacos available is impressive, ranging from Chicken Tinga and Carnitas to mushroom and mezclada.

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One of the standout dishes on the happy hour menu is the cauliflower taco, which has an explosion of flavors and is an excellent option for vegetarians. With such affordable prices and delicious food, The Pawn Shop is an excellent spot to visit with friends for a casual and fun time.

Location: 1117 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1 | Open in Google Maps

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The Parlour

Located in a prime location in Vancouver, The Parlour is a must-visit spot for those looking for a fun night out with friends. The restaurant is famous for its delicious pizzas, with a dough that is simply perfect and flavors that are spot on.

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One of the best times to visit The Parlour is during their happy hour, which runs until 6 pm. During this time, guests can enjoy a range of deals, including the $15 Pizzette which is an excellent value for money. The steak carpaccio is another standout dish that is well-flavored and comes in a good portion.

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Aside from the food, The Parlour's happy hour menu also offers a range of drinks, including Well Highballs, House Wine, and Tippy Canoe Lagers.

Location: 1011 Hamilton St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5T4 | Open in Google Maps

MeeT

If you are looking for a restaurant with a nice and mellow atmosphere and excellent vegetarian food, "Meet" should be on your list. With multiple locations in Vancouver, this restaurant is known for its high-quality vegan and vegetarian options that even carnivores can enjoy. They offer meat and cheese substitutes that are both delicious and reasonably priced.

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The Meet also has a great happy hour deal with both beers and snacks on special, as well as bigger meal-sized burgers, sandwiches, and bowls. Their nachos are especially tasty and are an easy-sharing dish to get the evening started. Other must-try happy hour dishes include mushroom calamari, gravy fries, butter chikken, bbq burger, chicken burger, and nacho tater tots.

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For drinks, the restaurant has a variety of options, including the Pineapple Basil Smash, Spicy Margarita, beer, and wine. If you have a sweet tooth, the happy hour menu also has some delicious dessert options.

Here are the locations:

  • Meet in Yaletown (75 Athletes Way, Vancouver, BC V5Y 0B1)
  • Meet on Main (76-1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3)
  • Meet in Gastown (inner Courtyard, 12 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4K7)
  • Meet on Blanshard (797 Hillside Ave #10, Victoria, BC V8T 1Z5) 

The Three Brits Public House

The Three Brits Public House is a beachfront pub located next to the English Bay Beach, offering a perfect spot for a beachfront hangout with a beautiful view. The pub has a warm, inviting atmosphere with massive windows that allow the sunlight to flood the interior. The staff is super friendly and provides excellent service, making the experience even better.

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The happy hour food menu is reasonably priced and includes side dishes, daily brunch features, and great cocktails. The happy hour specials feature some fantastic local beers and wine, along with popular cocktails like Margarita, Old Fashioned, Penicillin, and Irish Hot Chocolate.

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When visiting The Three Brits Public House, make sure to try their signature Calamari and Rosemary Fries, which are perfectly fried, fresh, and come in a good-sized portion that's perfect for sharing with friends. The Chicken Katsu Burger is also a must-try dish, as it is meaty and flavorful, served with crispy fried, bulldog sauce, cabbage, and kewpie. The pub also has window seats and a nice patio area where you can relax and enjoy the golden view while savoring delicious food and drinks.

Location: 1780 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W2 | The Three Brits Public House 

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To Sum It All Up

We hope this article helps you find a Vancouver restaurant with a happy hour that you'll love. We've highlighted some of the best spots with happy hour deals in 2023, so you have plenty of options to choose from!

Additionally, if you're a foodie who enjoys trying new places, you might want to check out "Vancouver's Most Popular Brunch Spots."

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Vancouver has a diverse restaurant scene with a plethora of happy hour and brunch deals that offer great value for the price. These restaurants offer delicious and diverse food options, along with affordable prices for drinks and snacks!

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