Ethnic Happy Hours

Ethnic Happy Hours in Vancouver

I call myself the Queen of Happy Hours because even before it became legalized, I was tweeting and blogging about it. So I’m always looking for happy hours that offer a happy hour menu with food that isn’t offered at other places so what’s better than a blog about ethic happy hours in Vancouver to satisfy your international cravings.  I’ll be adding to this blog post when I find new ethnic happy hours.

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Homer St Cafe

Homer St. Cafe (898 Homer St):  I’ve been meaning to come here for quite some time ever since I had their skirt steak at a Dish ‘N Dazzle event and my niece makes this a go to place whenever she flies in from Calgary because she said the pork belly is that oinking good. Oh yes and during happy hour,  Monday to Friday, 2:30 to 5pm, it’s a mere $5 bucks. Say what!  Pair it with a $5 house or red wine which incidentally at the time I went was a lovely French Rhone wine. The chick pea dip aka humus is pure addiction as it has plantain and taro chips along with a big strip of deep-fried chicken skin which is the new bacon as I’ve has it in quite a few restaurants. But don’t forget to have dessert for yes you guessed it just $5.  The selection isn’t large but it’s divinely decadent with three huge gluten-free peanut butter cookies served with a whole lot of luscious Nutella cream.  Need I say more?

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Chewies Happy Hour

Chewies (1055 West Hastings)  Home to buttermilk honey chicken so good that I’ll lick your fingers too after mine, Chewies’ happy hour runs daily from 3-6pm at their Coal Harbour location where you can slurp happily along with buck-a-shuck oysters, $5 wine or discounted appies such as crab cakes at $12 or oink completely out on pork belly for.$10.  The Kits location of Chewies (2201 West 1st Avenue) has happy hours Monday to Friday 5pm – 6pm, Sunday to Thursday 9pm – Late and Saturday & Sunday 3pm – 6 pm.  There’s also daily specials such as half off bottles of wine on Mondays and $5 off fried chicken on Tuesday at both locations.


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Spencers Resto Lounge

Spencer’s Resto Lounge (550 West Hastings Street): Because this is a lounge located inside Delta Hotel, it’s easy to miss the entrance to Spencer’s. To my surprise, they had ethnic appies such as chicken skin and pedron peppers for $8, and for $7 – panko shrimp, dumplings and Brussel sprouts with a whole lotta bacon  bits.  Wine and beer is only $5.  Daily 3-6pm.


Bambudda

Bambuddha (99 Powell St). Modern Chinese food and cra-cra cocktails such as the pucker up triple lemon South Side , I knew I had to add Bambudda to my list of ethic happy hours. What pairs with a lime happy Hemmingway Dacquiri? Well try Hot and Sour noodles with crispy tofu that takes your taste buds from tangy to hot-to-trot as there’s quite a kick in this dish. But to ease the heat are juicy garlicky X.O. Prawns and crispy deep-fried Lobster and Shrimp dumplings which I’ve never seen on any dim sum cart in my life and being Chinese I’m taking 2000+. There’s also some side dishes such as black bean and tofu and sesame noodles under $5. Although happy hour is only an hour long, the server happily let us know when to place our last order.  Happy hour is Tuesday to Sunday 5:30 to 6:30 with half priced appies and $7 classic cocktails.


Nammos Estiatorio

Nammos Estiatorio (3980 Fraser St). If you say opa three times some wonderful Greek food appears in the shape of tender Kalamari served with sweet and savour beet sauce that as strange as it sounds just works as the sweetness of the best is offset by some savoury elements. There’s also Tzatziki, Fava, Dilmathe, Mydia, Kalamari and Keftedes, all of which are 50% off 2-5pm daily. The drink specials are $3 Beer and cocktails and although there’s no wine specials, I saw some $7 wines on their impressive wine list which also features Greek wine. The wine list also contains helpful tasting notes. There’s also daily drink specials like bottomless mimosas on Sunday for $12 and half price for bottles of wine on Mondays. Did I mention there’s a patio where you can the different flavours of Ernest Ice Cream walk by, of course with humans attached.

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hapa Izakaya

Hapa Izakaya. I’ve been to Hapa Hour many many times as I love Japanese tapas. Here, order the Spicy Pork Ishi-Yaki which comes so steaming hot that you can cook a raw egg which is actually mixed into the gorgeous mixture at your table. The Ebi Mayo Shrimp is delightful and so is the Beef Tataki.  Wine is $5 and draft beer $4. Offered weekdays 3-5:40 at the Coal Harbour location and daily 4-6pm at the Yaletown location.

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Jules Bistro

Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street – Patio). What makes this happy hour eclectic is that it offers superb French wine (1 selection of each of white, red or Rose) for $5 a glass or $25 a bottle paired with Thai and French appies for $8 as you can choose from Thai Chicken Bites that aren’t overcooked paired with a spicy sauce or plump juicy Mussels that you can eat on the patio watching the tourists take 1000 selfies in front of Gassy Jack. Although dessert isn’t on the happy menu it’s just $8.50 and you can’t go wrong with the Sour Cherry Claflouitis. Offered daily 2:30-5:30.


Federico's

Federico’s Supper Club (1728 Commercial Drive). With Italian tapas for $2.50 a piece and a large portion of &10 pasta paired with either $5 wine or $8 Aperol Spritzer or $6 martinis it’s a Happy hour that old blue eyes would approve of. It’s a perfect setting for that first date with live strumming from guitarist in the background that won’t your pocketbook. Offered Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday 5:30-7pm.  Read my complete review here.



Bao Down

Bao Down Gastropub (115 W. 2nd Ave). One of the latest food trends is Asian fusion tapas and Bao Down has the recipe down pat. At their daily happy hour 3-6pm you can tuck into Baos stuffed with savoury lemongrass chicken or catfish for $4 a piece or crunch on some delectable pork belly crackling in the Laus Salad (Reg $12) or Bang Bang Prawns with peanut sauce (Reg $12). All appies are half price and pad Thai is offered for $10. For drinks there’s $5 steam whistle beer, $5 shots or $5 house white or red wine which is blasted church Chardonnay and Merlot or make yourself super happy by supersizing it to 9 oz for $7.  Bao Down is in the process of opening another location in the former Cork and Fin location and one in San Francisco in a hotel.

Mamie Taylors

Mamie Taylor’s (251 East Georgia St – Patio).  One buck one buck one buck. It shore doesn’t take much to make this hungry gal happy as its Southern Fried Chicken, Ham Grenadines, Lamb Meatballs and Fried Green Tomato Sliders (the only $2 item) Pair it with $5 wine or $3 draft beer or the Mamie Taylor cocktail of and you’re sitting happy under $15 for your happy meal which is a whole lot better than Mickie Dee’s.

 

 

La Bodega

Bodega on Main (1014 Main Street)  if you love traditional Spanish tapas such as Patatas Bravas (potatoes) or Jamon (ham) and of course, paired with the quiessential Spanish wines at $6, beer and highballs at $5, then head here Monday to Friday 3-6pm   There’s also weekly specials such as Wine Mondays for $6 wine and on Wednesdays, Sangria is $6 or $12 a pitcher.


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Dianne

Editor in Chief of Fabulously Frugal in Vancouver.

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