7 (But Kinda 11) Happy Hours by the Water

Water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink. I guess that’s what happy hour is for, right? To sate your thirst for a refreshing beverage on a hot summer’s day, as well as your appetite for stunning waterfront views.

Living in Vancouver, we’re blessed to be surrounded by the ocean on almost all sides. There are many fine restaurants and casual brew pubs that dot our city’s shores, some of which offer fresh seafood dishes that highlight our proximity to the sea. Stop for a beer by the bay and drink in the incredible views of the water.

1. Cactus Club Cafe (Coal Harbour and English Bay)

Several of the establishments on this list have not one, but two seaside locations with happy hours. Stop by Cactus Club Cafe in Coal Harbour after a long day at the office, or pedal over to their English Bay location to sip and watch the sunset over the water. Both locations offer $4 Longboard Lager and Gypsy Tears, $6 movin wine, $4 sunset soda, and $5 bellinis from 3-6pm, but only the English Bay location has late night happy hour from 9pm to close.

2. Mahony & Sons (Coal Harbour and Stamps Landing)

Whether you choose to watch the tankers and seaplanes in Burrard Inlet or the stand-up paddleboarders in False Creek, Mahony & Sons is the perfect seaside destination. Happy hour features include local pints, craft bottles, highballs, and select shots available from 3-6pm Monday to Friday.

3. TAPshack (Burrard Bridge and Coal Harbour)

Nestled under the Burrard Bridge, TAPshack boasts picture perfect views of False Creek from its patio. Swing by either location (its sister establishment sits in Coal Harbour) from 3-6pm to enjoy $4.50 beer, $5 wine, $4 highballs, and select appies such as Santa Fe chicken tacos and two for one popcorn.

4. Tap & Barrel (Olympic Village)

Meandering around the False Creek seawall, thirsty Vancouverites can find relief at Tap & Barrel in Olympic Village. This is one of the best patios in the city; it’s full of life, especially after work when the dragon boats and kayakers race through the water. Classic happy hour offerings include $5 beer, $6 wine, and $4 highballs from 3-6pm.

5. The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

At Sandbar, they don’t call it happy hour. They call it #musselmania, and for good reason. Enjoy fresh mussels and a pint of Granville Island Beer in the lounge for just $15, available Monday to Friday from 3-6pm. Once you’ve had your fill, we recommend grabbing a bottle of vino and sitting on the dock as day turns to dusk over the Burrard Street Bridge.

6. The Boathouse (Kitsilano and English Bay)

The Boathouse has operated seven incredible waterfront locations, making it a must for our list. This upscale dining spot offers a whole menu of happy hour appies, including ahi tuna tacos, calamari for one, and coconut shrimp. Also: $5 draft beer, $6 wine, $5 spirits, $7 cocktails, and select oysters from $1.69-$2.59. It’s a full menu all on its own, so get there right at 3 and don’t budge until happy hour ends at 6pm.

7. Ten Ten Tapas

Vancouver’s waterfront is almost more beautiful at night than it is in the daytime. Night owls can stop for late night happy hour (10-midnight) at Ten Ten Tapas, a gorgeous seafood restaurant and jazz spot under the Burrard Bridge. Reservations are recommended, and all drink and food specials are only $5.

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Where to Find Cheap Beers for Under $5: Downtown Vancouver

For frequenters of Vancouver’s downtown core, here are the cheapest happy hour beers you can find.


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.

Hapa Izakaya

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.

JOEY Bentall

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.

JOEY Burrard


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

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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.

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