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Vancouver's Most Awesome Happy Hours

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Happy hour is a relatively new arrival in Vancouver (and comes thanks to a change in the law in 2014), but locals are embracing the heady thrill of cut-price appetizers, drinks specials, and bargain cocktails with the enthusiasm you’d expect from residents of one of North America’s most expensive cities. Several spots are doubling up with evening happy hour deals, too, and the smart traveler can bar hop for hours, tasting some of the best food and drink in town for a fraction of the price.
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1079 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9, Canada
For a city surrounded by so much incredible seafood it’s often hard to find good basics at a reasonable price, so thank goodness for Wild Tale for perfectly filling that gap. They offer casual West coast cooking, with a lovely patio on Mainland...
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777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5, Canada
Sure, in the summer there is absolutely no better place to be than on the patio at Joe Fortes, enjoying their lavish hospitality in their sun-trap garden in the heart of the city, but really, every smart Vancouverite knows, that Joe’s is great...
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637 Hornby St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2G3, Canada
A young city like Vancouver doesn’t offer up much in the way of Old School experiences, which is why I adore the atmosphere at Hy’s for when I want to pretend it’s the '50s and have a sexy Mad Men-esque steak-and-three-martinis lunch. The menu is...
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780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4, Canada
Without a doubt the longest queues in the city form every day to eat the ambrosial offerings at Café Medina, but smart diners beat the crowds and head there at off peak lunch hours (especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays) or at 2pm, the last call is...
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900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L9, Canada
There are plenty of things to love about Uva, but one of my favourite things is its daily happy hour which lasts from 2-6pm, offering buck a shuck oysters, delicious bruschetta (my favourites are the ricotta, and the devilled egg), and excellent...
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217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2, Canada
You’ll find people queuing outside the doors in Gastown throughout the week to take advantage of L'Abattoir's excellent bar-only Happy Hour from 5.30-6.30pm which offers half-priced appetizers from their award-winning menu, daily red and white...
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350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3, Canada
Pidgin may be known for their deceptively simple East-meets-West Asian-inspired menu with a decidedly French edge, but their cocktails are all kinds of fantastic too, and in a casual but cool spot like this, it’s most fun to combine the two. Try...
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845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6, Canada
Boulevard is one of the city’s most attractive upscale restaurants; all gleaming marble, stylish monochrome tile work and dazzling artwork-like chandeliers with a Parisian-style patio out front. But all that glitz and exceptional talent behind the...
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1479 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C1, Canada
New to the ramen scene in December 2015, this is the first ramen bar from the popular Hapa Izakaya chain. Their house speciality is a kimchi ramen made with a spicy Korean fermented chili paste. If you’re not a fan of kimchi, then try their shoyu...