Best Happy Hours in Kitsilano

Relaxing, chic or a rollicking good time, Vancouver’s Kitsilano is home to a vast array of watering holes. If you’re looking for discounted food and drinks to put you in a good mood, here are some of the neighbourhood’s best Happy Hours on offer throughout the week. [Image credit: iStock.com/microgen]

Biminis Management Ltd

1
2010 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M9

Part club, part bar, this staple on Fourth Avenue has queues lining up the street on most weekends. Nestle into one of the their large booths at a quieter time – between 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on weekdays – to enjoy $3 craft beer, highballs or house wine. With an extensive menu of pub food offerings, you could find your Happy Hour turning into a few.

The Colony Pub

2
3255 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H5

Scrubbed wooden tables, dark leather booths, breezeblock walls, aluminum chairs and natural light: Colony is a modern bar that tips its hat to Vancouver’s history. Every weekday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, they offer $3 Whistler Lager and Granville Island Pale Ale, $4 for house wine, and regular food specials. It’s now a go-to place for locals – regardless of the time of day – with a buzzing atmosphere that reflects that.

The Ouisi Bistro

3
3014 Granville St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3J8

True to New Orleans style, Ouisi’s Happy Hour encourages even the most reclusive of guests to celebrate into the evening with a range of specials on drinks after 9:00 pm, including beer, wine and highballs. On Friday evenings, enjoy One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer – in the style of John-Lee Hooker. While it’s not part of Ouisi’s Happy Hour, for a price of under $15, it could be.

The Fringe Cafe

4
3124 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2H3

It’s hard not to fall in love with The Fringe. More than a dive bar, with quirky decorations and a welcoming atmosphere, it’s full of regulars – or soon-to-be-regulars. The bar includes an extensive selection of domestic and imported beers, while drink specials abound. Try a pitcher of beer with chips and salsa for just $10, before checking out the bar’s Wall of Shame depicting regulars having the time of their lives.

The Bibo Restaurant

5
1835 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M4

A cozy nook that’s easy to walk past, The Bibo provides the atmosphere and food of a local Italian pizzeria. The local fave has earned numerous awards – including multiple Westender Best of the City prizes – for its thin, handmade crusts and mouthwatering topping combinations. Their weeknight specials include a pizza and beer for $18, and 50 per cent off all bottles of wine on Thursdays.

Grapes and Soda

6
1541 W 6th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1R1

If Farmer’s Apprentice is the restaurant you take to impress a date, its neighbour and sister restaurant – Grapes and Soda – is where you go on your fourth date, or take a close friend. Intimate yet stylish, refined yet friendly, Grapes and Soda specializes in unusual wines and lovingly created share plates. Enjoy $2 off all wines from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, or adventurously try one of their featured cocktails for $8 – highly recommended.

Local Public Eatery

7
2210 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K 1B5

When summer comes, some Vancouverites see the inside of The Local more than their own living room. Just steps away from the beach, the pub takes its cue from relaxing seaside culture. Daily drink specials include $3 beers and $4 wine, on rotation. On Sundays, The Local becomes an aptly named “recovery room” offering specials on mimosas and Caesars for the hungover crowd.

The Cove Pub

8
3681 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6R 1P2

With screens showing daily sports, and dark wood paneling from ceiling to floor, The Cove at first feels like part bro bar, part maritime dream. In fact, it’s a friendly local favourite with regular events and a welcoming staff. A different drink special is featured every night, including discounts on imported beers, sleeve and shot combos, and bottles of wine. Head there on a Monday to enjoy a pint plus the pub’s famous Trivia evening.

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