Sure, sometimes you go to happy hour to try something new, elevate your palate, or expand your boundaries. But a lot of the time, you go to happy hour looking for the quickest, dirtiest, cheapest beer you can possible find. Because really, what you’re needing after a long day at the office is the sweet satisfaction of cheap alcohol. For frequenters of Vancouver’s downtown core, here are the cheapest happy hour beers you can find.
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
This quirky hole in the wall packs big French flavours into a small dining room. Let them lure you in between 5 and 6:30pm for $4 draft beers.
Butcher and Bullock
This darkened, lush pub atmosphere boasts a rich mahogany bar and pool tables, making it popular with the financial district’s after-work crew. Beers are $4 from 3 to 6pm.
Cactus Club Cafe (Coal Harbour)
The flagship location of the casual dining giant has $4 Longboard Lager and $4 Gypsy Tears from 3 to 6pm. Nab a spot on the patio to enjoy views of landing float planes and the Stanley Park seawall with your drink.
The Greedy Pig
Despite the name, this downtown eatery’s specials are fairly generous. From Tuesday to Friday, you can get $4 sleeves from 3 to 6pm.
Izakayas are a type of informal Japanese gastropub, and Hapa delivers on complex Japanese flavours with a casual feel. Plus, beers are $4 from 3 to 5:30pm.
Check out JOEY’s Bentall location for a slick patio and a fusion of Eastern and Western cuisines throughout the menu. From 3 to 6pm, beers are $4.
A few blocks up from the Bentall location is JOEY Burrard, making the upscale casual chain one of the most accessible in the area. Just a few steps off Robson and next door to YYoga, JOEY Burrard is great for post-shopping and post-vinyasa imbibing. Beers are $4 from 3 to 6pm and 9pm to close on Sunday through Thursday.
Library Square Public House
Cruising past the downtown branch of Vancouver Public Library between 3 and 6pm? Stop by Donnelly Group’s Library Square for a chill patio and $4 beers.
Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar
Original Joe’s Robson location is right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Vancouver’s downtown shopping neighbourhood, making it a perfect choice after hitting the boutiques. Check out their 3 to 6pm happy hour for $3.75 Original Joe’s Draught — one of the best beer deals in the city.
Yagger’s Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar
Channel the ghost of Cinco de Mayo’s past during Yagger’s 4 to 6pm happy hour: Dos Equis are on special for $3.50, and draft beers are $4.75. In terms of vibe, expect a relaxed sports bar with plenty of comfort food on hand.
Vancouver’s downtown core is dense and always bustling, but there are still plenty of quiet oases where you can enjoy a relaxing drink. Head to the closest of these spots next time you’re needing a beer and craving the sweet satisfaction of paying less for it.
Feature Image: Lance Anderson