The Wine Bar
Is there anything better than sitting on a patio on a nice summer day with a nice glass of wine? Yes, how about a glass of wine at happy hour prices? So, here’s my list of restaurants in Vancouver patios with happy hours (updated May 2018). I’ve added some new Vancouver patios with happy hours at the top of this list
NEW — Do a little Mexican hat dance as the Mexcian meets North Pacific food at Fayuca kisses your taste buds in a manner no other restaurant has kissed before! Happy hour is Monday to Friday 3-6pm on the patio with $5 beer, $6 wine, $8 Margaritas and $7 to $9 food.
NEW — Located in the West End, Adesso has a lovely patio where you can apparently park yourself on a nice sunny day and enjoy happy hour Tuesday-Sunday 3-5pm. There’s no information on their website as to what is being offered. Hmmm sounds like a happy hour adventure waiting to happen.
NEW — Where’s the beef? Well everyone knows the good beef is at Gotham’s Steakhouse and during their Social Hour Monday-Friday 3-6pm you can enjoy Prime Rib Sliders and bubbles (40% off) on their patio. Now that’s what I call living the high life
NEW — There never used to be restaurants at Granville Island offering happy hour specials, but now Dockside Restaurant is offering happy hour on their patio daily from 3-5pm with $4 beer, $7 wines, $6 cocktails and $8 small plates. The spectacular view is complimentary.
The Boathouse at Kits Beach has great apps and drink specials plus a great view of Kits beach in their bar area if you can’t get a seat in their outdoor patio space. Did I mention that free pecs and thong bikinis come with every order. but you’ll have to bring your own zoom lens for a closer look at the spectacular young sweet things that flock to this beach.
Looking for pretty young things? Located by The SFU Campus, The Charles is a place where the under 30 crowd lets it all hang out and there are daily specials plus a daily happy hour from 3-6pm where $4 wine and draft beer will definitely make you feel young at heart after you’ve had 4, 5 or maybe 6 of them. Luckily there’s a tall fence around the patio to keep you safe from being harassed from beggars which I’ve seen happen on occasion, so this is the my least favourite of Vancouver patios with happy hours.
Both locations of Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar have patios although the Coal Harbour location has a larger patio. There are oysters for happy hour and daily specials on other nights such as $5 off their sumptuous buttermilk chicken on Tuesday at the Kits location.
Oh give me a home where the big spenders roam. Joe Fortes has long been a favorite haunt of stock brokers, lawyers, the celebrities and everyone else in Vancouver for that matter. Their upstairs rooftop is so popular that you’ll have to get there before 4pm. Happy hour is at the bar, downstairs or in the upstairs patio: daily 4-6pm and 9:30pm-11pm, although the 4-6pm happy hour menu has more extensive offerings like Mini Lobster & Shrimp Rolls and Shrimp Ceviche.
For the quintessential French experience, it doesn’t get any better than the quaint Jules Bistro who offers wine for the serious wine lovers for $5 paired with $8 bitesdaily 2:30pm-5:30pm. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get a seat on the patio where you can watch the world go by or gaze into your lover’s eyes while enjoying French inspired small plates that aren’t big in price, but big in flavour. When you can’t afford the airfare to gay Paris, this is the one of the many Vancouver patios with happy hours to be.
Momma told me that if I didn’t eat all my vegetables that I wouldn’t get dessert but in this case, you’d just starve as The Naam Restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant that also offers gluten-free and non-dairy options. Now it offers happy hour specials Monday-Friday 3-6pm featuring $5 house wine, $3 draft beer or a sweet treat of Brown Supreme for $5. Enjoy it in their patio, .
You can’t go wrong with five bucks, five bucks, five bucks at Provence Marinaside daily Tappy Hour, 3-5pm, where they offer great bites such as truffle popcorn and wine that makes you smile instead of wondering if it came out of a cardboard box. And there’s a lot of great wines you can’t find anywhere else for the price of $5 and up.
Although located two stories above Alberni Street, the The Roof at Black+Blue with its gorgeous rooftop patio whose design lets in enough sun to please even any sun lover, is a space where the beautiful people come to imbibe during Glowbal’s infamous cocktail hour from 2:30 to 5:30. Come early as its wildly popular. My favorite half-priced appy is the Phyllo Praws and Tuna Screamer.
When you’re really having a bad day, the happy hour from 3-6pm does the job at Rogue Wetbar and by the seventh drink, you certainly won’t feel the pain or any part of your body for that matter. As far as I know, only the Waterfront location has a patio.
From $4 wine to $7 and under food, Sciue offers a happy hour menu at their Robson, Yaletown and Pender locations (2:30 to 6:30 at Yaletown & Robson and 2:30 to Close at Pender) and with $4 Prosecco on tap, it’ll be double trouble once I get there as there’s nothing I like better than $4 wine unless it’s 3 glasses of $4 wine. All locations have patios. Not sure if they have happy hour anymore.
Brought to you from the guys who can make pigs fly at The Flying Pig, from 4-6 get happy with a seafood inspired happy hour menu at Wild Tale in Yaletown with prices from $5 to $6. I recommend their ginormous grilled Fanny Bay Oysters and Hawaiian Poke to get your wild on. Not sure what they prices are for happy hour – May 2018
Strategically located on Marinaside Crescent where you can dream of being a stowaway on one of the yachts at the pier, The Wine Bar has different daily deals such as 25% off bottles of wine on Wednesdays! Tappy Hour is from 3-5pm with many $5 to $9 wines, $5 beer and bites at happy hour prices. Check the website for more specials. This is one of my favorite Vancouver patios with happy hours as it has such a great view.
And back to the Glowbal Group of restaurants where Coast has a small patio where you can enjoy $5 feature drinks with $3.95 Fish & Chip Cones and buck and shuck oysters (daily 3-6pm). But if fishy stuff ain’t your thing, then head to Glowbal where Short Rib Poutine and Tuna Poke Carpaccio hits the spot during happy hour from 2:30-6pm daily.
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.
On a budget? Mamie Taylor’s happy hour of $1 bites will make you hap-hap-happy indeed. Offered Monday-Friday from 5-6pm and Saturday-Sunday from 3-5pm – Build your own $1 appy menu with lamb meatballs, ham grenades, fried green tomatoes, chili honey wings paired with $5 beer and $6 house wine and $6 cocktails. Have happy inside with the animals (mounted on the walls) or on the patio where you can watch bad drivers try to parallel park (hello it is in Chinatown). It may not be my favorite Vancouver Patios with Happy Hours, but it’s the most interesting. And for those of you who are offended by what I just wrote – hello, it’s called freedom of speech and it’s not racist as I am Chinese and traumatized by Chinese drivers as I was in the backseat of the car while my mother was learning to drive (bruises on my forehead resulting form when she braked and my parents did not make me wear my seat belt). .