During the joyous hours where food and drink can be had for less, indulging in an early dinner (or at least pre-dinner drinks) doesn’t mean you have to shell out big bucks. In Vancouver, the Happy Hour deals are plentiful. I’ve rounded up some of my favourites for when you can get out a little bit earlier. [Image courtesy of Medina Cafe]
In close proximity to one of the nation’s best wine regions, it’s no surprise that Kits is home to numerous restaurants catering to wine lovers. Whether you’re enjoying the work of an artisanal chef or just relaxing with friends after work, here are several spots to fill your glass in Kits. [Photo courtesy of Bishop's]
Locals and tourists alike love Gastown, and for good reason. This neighbourhood has the Old World charm of Montreal, and is chock full of independent retailers, bars and restaurants. Enjoying the neighbourhood can come, however, with a hefty price tag. So for those looking for a quick post-work pint, or a steal of a deal while out on pub crawl with friends, check out these Happy Hour specials! [Image courtesy of Six Acres]
Vancouver’s natural beauty is one of her strongest selling points, so fantastic views abound in our glorious city. In the rainy winter months, though, it’s easy to choose finding shelter over stopping to take it all in. Sitting on any of these heated patios precludes having to make such a choice, allowing locals to remain warm – and dry – while getting a small taste of the outdoors. [Image courtesy of Dockside Restaurant]
Trendy South Granville is packed with drinking and dining establishments that have stepped up their happy hour game with impressive deals on sips and nibbles. Whether it’s the end of a tough workday or the start of a night on the town, meeting up with friends at these happy hour hotspots makes for some budget-friendly socializing in this sometimes-pricey neighbourhood.
Rainy evening or summer afternoon: it’s always a good time for a gin and tonic. Some of Vancouver’s finest establishments turn a classic G&T into an original masterpiece. If you’re looking for fizz and flavour, pull up a stool at these local cocktail bars. 
Who doesn’t love the refreshing blend of zesty lime and tequila? As patio season fast approaches, these vibrant spots throughout Vancouver offer creative and classic margaritas for summer sipping. [Image credit: iStock.com/mitchellpictures]
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]
Some meetings are hard to define: is this the kind of date for a coffee or would your colleague-turned-friend really prefer a glass of wine? For when you just can’t decide what sort of drink the occasion demands, these Vancouver cafés offer the best of both worlds – a choice of alcohol or caffeine that avoids any awkward misunderstandings. [Image courtesy of Medina]
You can't always leave the kids at home. Thankfully, Vancouver is a city full of drinking – and eating – establishments that cater to foodies with underagers in tow. Whether you're bringing little ones along to a bar with board games or just grabbing a booth at the local pub, cold pints and laid-back vibes await you at these family-friendly spots.
One of America’s favourite vintage cocktails, the Old Fashioned has experienced a newfound popularity in recent years, thanks in part of course to one Donald Draper. The simple-yet-sophisticated libation features bourbon whiskey, bitters and sugar, with a citrusy orange-slice garnish and an optional cherry on top. You’ll find timeless tipples and a few modern variations at these fine Vancouver watering holes.
If Vancouver’s bar scene is too social or slick for your night-out requirements, these cozy nooks offer a relaxing alternative, and they’re the closest you can come to a true European pub experience on this side of the Atlantic. Check out these laid-back locals for a solo pint or a low-key get-together with friends. [Photo credit: iStock.com/gpointstudio]
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