Happy hour diehards rejoice, because late night happy hour is real and it’s taking over downtown Vancouver. The area is home to upscale restaurants, casual pubs, and headbanging clubs, so there’s certainly something for everyone. And while the sun might set around 9pm or so in the summer, your night doesn’t have to end with it.
Swing by after a late night at the office or a dinner downtown (or try to line up your happy hours back to back so you can indulge all night long — we won’t judge).
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
This quirky spot has been a Davie Village landmark for the last 17 years. Specializing in New York-style tapas (“tapatizers”) and unique wines, Bin 941 Tapas Parlour describes itself as “stylishly low-key” and “globally inspired”. Stop in from 11 to close to enjoy $4 draft beers, $6 wine, $4 shots, $6 highballs ($8 for a double), and select appies from $9-$14.
Cactus Club Café (Bentall)
We’ve all been to Cactus before for a birthday, night out on the town or lunch with coworkers. It kind of does it all, and that includes late night happy hour. Sip on $4 Longboard Lager and Gypsy Tears, $6 Monvin wine, $4 sunset soda, or $5 bellini.
JOEY (Bentall and Burrard)
This Vancouver chain is popular with the business crowd for a reason. JOEY is a nice enough spot to entertain a client, but relaxed enough to help you unwind with a beer among coworkers after a long day. Both locations host happy hour from 9 to close, Sunday through Thursday, where you can try $4 beer, $5 wine, $6 gin and tonic, and $6 summer sangria. Select appies like tuna tacos and sushi cones are just $3.50.
Moxie’s Grill & Bar
This spot has fully embraced happy hour. You can enjoy 23 ounces of beer for just $7 (23 ounces, people!), $6 vodka highballs, and an array of cheap snacks like street tacos, chipotle chips, and dry ribs. For summer, Moxie’s has added housemade lemonade to the late night menu, too.
Original Joe’s Restaurant and Bar
Those who know me know that OJ’s is one of my favourite spots in town. This casual sports bar has an amazing happy hour: $3.75 Original Joe’s Draught, $1 off wine, $3.25 well highballs, and 50% off a whole host of appies (Dragon boats! Poutine! Mussels!). You can basically get a full meal and a drink for under $10. Their early happy hour ends at 6pm but starts up again from 9pm to close.
YEW seafood + bar
YEW’s signature reverse happy hour starts at 8pm and runs ‘til 11pm, giving you plenty of time to experience this premier seafood restaurant (which you might not otherwise be able to afford). Five new dishes, all priced at $10, have been concocted for late night guests, and specially crafted cocktails are also $10 each.
Feature Image: Michael Discenza