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 Vancouver restaurants with patios with happy hours.
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.
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.
Out of all the Hapa Izakaya’s and you just had to end up in mine. The Hapa Hour is the best happy hour for Japanese food as it offers tapas, appetizers and drinks, but to my knowledge only the Coal Harbour location has a patio (check the website for the times for each location).
And if you’re not a downtown girl, here’s HART HOUSE in Burnaby whose patio will make you remember why you live away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Happy Hours specials are offered; Tuesday-Friday & Sunday from 3-6 with buck-a-shuck oysters, beer $5, cocktails $6, wine $5 and food specials.
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 only place to be.
For undercover spies, there’s a really hidden patio which is located at the back of The Kitchen on Main and feels more like patio tables in someone’s nice back yard. Happy hour runs from 5-6:30 Mon-Sat, where you can hold many secret covert meetings.
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, .
Pronto has a really hidden patio where you can not only leisurely enjoy Italian inspired food with a modern twist but hide from your ex if you’re going through an ugly divorce as the patios is at the back of the restaurant. House wine is only $6 and sangria $6.5 and that’s not a happy hour price but every day offer. Other wines are $10 or less.
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 it’s all for the price of, you guessed it – five bucks.
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 down and dirty $3 wine at happy hour from 3-6pm does the job at Rogue Wetbar and by the seventh one 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. .
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.
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 bubbles on Saturday and on Mondays all weekly specials are offered all day! Tappy Hour is from 3-5pm with $5 wines and bites. Check the website for more specials.
And back to the Glowbal Group of restaurants where Coast has a small patio where you can enjoy $5 wines with $5.95 Lobster Rolls and and $3.95 Fish and Chip Cones. But if fishy stuff ain’t your thing, then head to Glowbal where Short Rib Poutine and Beef Carpaccio hits the spot.
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 (hello it is in Chinatown).