Drop in to these elevated happy hours across the city
Once the workday is done, head straight to one of these elevated happy hours based on the French concept of the “cinq à sept”—5 to 7 pm, the playful hours between work and family life. (Event times vary, though, so check the venues’ websites!) Expect VCW signature cocktails, snacks, entertainment, socializing and more. Note that these events are not ticketed; however, some establishments may recommend reservations, so call ahead to secure a seat.
The 515 Bar
521 Seymour Street
The 515 Bar is a cosy hideaway where you can unwind, relax and socialize after the 9 to 5. (And if you get started early, even better.) The ambience created by the soft eclectic music, whimsical architectural lighting and inviting furniture complements the cuisine and cocktails that have been curated to create a one-of-a-kind escape. The 515 Bar offers comforting food, cocktails and, best of all, you don’t have to stress about a mess. Sit back, relax and leave the rest to us!
For Vancouver Cocktail Week, The 515 is offering three special cocktails: Gingermelon, “summer in a glass”; Island Gold, a tropical fizz; and Green Goddess, a refreshing tiki-inspired Margarita.
425 West Georgia Street
Step inside this lofty space and enjoy elevated modern Italian cuisine served in a refined, stylish room with an elegant cocktail bar led by one of Vancouver’s most talented bar teams.
1029 West Cordova Street
This contemporary chic space in the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel features a dynamic menu of Venetian-inspired small plates along with an Italian wine list and cocktails that celebrate the aperitivo.
1039 Mainland Street
Hanging out at the Banter Room is like having a drink at a friend’s place—your friend with the best taste, who makes the best cocktails and keeps their bar stocked with things you’ve never tried. Who always makes that one amazing midnight snack that keeps everyone going. It’s that feeling of getting into the rhythm of conversation, of knowing just what to say, of cracking that perfect joke that your friends laugh at for weeks. Banter Room is an enviable host that makes you feel valued and welcomed to the club.
For Vancouver Cocktail Week, Banter Room has created the new Spring Fling cocktail; meanwhile, for Cinq à Sept, enjoy Espresso Martinis and Caesars.
1566 Commercial Drive
Bar Corso captures the essence of Vancouver’s Little Italy. This old-world Italian cicchetti (tapas) bar is the ideal social stop for everything from a quick shot of espresso to late-night grappa or amaro. The cocktail list features a wide selection spritzes, Negronis and house-made originals.
209 East 6th Avenue
Main Street’s very own natural wine bar offers inventive dishes designed to be enjoyed with delicious natural wines from the world over. In addition, Bar Susu has a concise and playful wine-adjacent cocktail program where the team likes to get creative.
For Vancouver Cocktail Week, exclusively from 5 to 7 p.m., Bar Susu will offer a feature rum cocktail along with Kakigōri shaved ice drinks.
1755 Davie Street
With world-famous English Bay as the backdrop, Bayside Lounge is Vancouver’s most cherished retro cocktail lounge. Its unique upstairs venue features a sunken circular bar and a panoramic ocean view, along with a legendary craft cocktail list and a west coast comfort food menu. Oh—and happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. every day.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, Bayside Lounge will offer four special cocktails: the savoury Saltamontes; citrusy Casper; Ginteresting, which is made with three different gins; and Parisian in Peru, a French-accented pisco sour. In addition, guests can enjoy Monday Night Trivia with Sean Amsing—Cocktail Edition as well as a DJ from 5 to 7 pm every day, including: DJ Ahtz (March 5), Sean Amsing (March 6), DJ Waxwork (March 7), Lindsey (March 8 and 10), and DJ Pendemental (March 9).
Brass Fish Kitchen & Tavern
385 Burrard Street
This grand yet welcoming tavern features a stylish parlour room and other creature comforts located inside of Vancouver’s iconic Marine Building on Burrard Street. The modern pub menu includes classic and contemporary dishes, a considered cocktail program and curated selection of more than 250 whiskies.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, Brass Fish’s always amazing happy featuring select classic cocktails will be extended to 7 p.m. daily.
2685 Arbutus Street
Inspired by the brasseries of Paris, Coquette brings the taste of France to the heart of Kitsilano. Celebrating local suppliers and the traditions of French cuisine, Coquette serves a variety of seasonal dishes anchored by French classics, and a petite selection of well-made cocktails.
Capo and The Spritz
350 Davie Street
The welcoming restaurant and lounge in the Opus Hotel is a tribute to all the great things Italy has to offer. Bar manager Alannah Taylor has integrated her B.C. roots into a selection of stunning cocktails designed to be paired with the chef’s tempting cicchetti (Venetian tapas).
For Cinq à Sept, Capo & The Spritz is featuring three cocktails, along with a spritz flight and a non-alcoholic cocktail, daily from 3 to 7 pm.
4241 Fraser Street
A lively, comfortable pizza joint in the Fraserhood, serving authentic pies, international wines and well-crafted original cocktails—along with a heavy dose of cheekiness.
1115 Alberni Street
This elegant restaurant in the Shangri-La Hotel is all about simplicity and soulfulness. Its menu is designed to highlight B.C.’s bounty while staying true to Carlino’s northern Italian roots. A thoughtful cocktail list pays homage to the classics—especially Italy’s aperitivi, with their complex bittered flavours—while taking cheeky modern twists on them.
For Vancouver Cocktail Week, Carlino will offer three special cocktails: the Eclipse, made with Irish whiskey and peach wine; Sorridere, made with basil-washed gin; and Amaro Espresso Martini. Join them for Cinq à Sept daily from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
569 Beatty Street
A bustling, energizing Belgian restaurant. Bold flavours are highlighted beautifully with a skillfully choreographed wine program, extensive beer menu and creative—yet classically informed—cocktail offerings.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, come by for Cinq à Sept , 5 to 7 p.m., and enjoy three special cocktails—Five Fathoms (amaro, chai-spiced vermouth, soda); Bamboozled (vermouth and bitters); and Komorebi (gin, citrus and herbs).
212 Abbott Street
Named for Gastown’s old-timey, one-armed lamp lighter, this trendy cocktail den has vintage flair and irreverent spirit. The well-appointed back bar fills every need with its educated cocktailers steering the ship with unapologetically strong, adult drinks.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, Clough Club’s always amazing happy featuring select classic cocktails will be extended to 7 p.m. daily.
Copperpenny Distilling Co.
103-288 Esplanade East
What may be Greater Vancouver’s most beautiful cocktail lounge is inspired by the owners’ travels around the world and the gins they tasted along the way. Reminiscent of vintage gin parlours, but reimagined in a stylishly modern way, Copperpenny serves up classic and creative cocktails, built on their own small-batch spirits, notably the award-winning, citrus-forward Gin No. 005.
2297 E Hastings Street
Dachi is a neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar in Hastings-Sunrise. For Vancouver Cocktail Week, expect some fun wines, funky ciders, tasty sake, craft beer, and cocktails too. The food will be seasonal treats in mostly smaller sizes meant for sharing, because it’s nice to try lots of flavours.
6 Powell Street
The Diamond is Vancouver’s home away from home to both bartenders and cocktail connoisseurs and an industry staple created by two veterans and former Bartenders of The Year. This second-storey imbibing “treehouse” overlooks the historic Maple Tree Square in Gastown, where it has been serving drinks since it was a speakeasy during Prohibition (and for the last 14 years in its current iteration). An extensive spirit list and exceptional small-producer food menu are served up by knowledgeable and skilled staff to the backdrop of live DJs who are vinyl-focused seven nights a week. A must visit in Vancouver, The Diamond is a true ode to its past and present in the cocktail scene.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week: Happy hour will be held daily from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and features four vodka-based cocktails (nutty and spicy Temptation & Sin, tropical San Juan Sour, herbaceous Cucumber Garden and the classic Martini).
62 East Cordova Street
In the intimate space of the former Nicli Antica location on Cordova, Gastronomy Gastown fuses Italian classics with modern-day Vancouver twists for a whole new culinary experience. Its crudo bar, forno pizzas and mouthwatering mains are complemented by bar manager Stephen Sherry’s innovative custom cocktail program. Newly opened in January, Gastronomy Gastown promises the ultimate unique dining experience.
For Vancouver Cocktail Week, Sherry has created a special cocktail list inspired by the idea that apéritifs are the foundation of all great Italian cocktails. Enjoy a trio of apéritif cocktails in spritz form, elevated with infusions and fresh elements: blackberry-infused By the Old Gods; cherry-flavoured Cherrycano; and a Lambrusco Spagliato.
Guilt & Co.
1 Alexander Street
Located in the heart of Gastown, Guilt & Company is a live music lounge that showcases some of Canada’s best musical talent seven days a week. In 2022, they put on 722 live shows and are looking forward to doing it again in 2023. Guilt also features a selection of delicious cocktails that are created and curated in house by a fantastic bar team. During Vancouver Cocktail Week, happy hour runs until 7 p.m. every night.
1590 Commercial Drive
Located in the heart of Commercial Drive, Hanai is a modern farm to table restaurant offering delicious dishes in a family-style manner with seasonal vegetables and produce from local, organic farms. For Vancouver Cocktail Week, you can expect a lively vibe with tasty natural wines, sake and craft cocktails.
1212 Commercial Drive
Inspired by the colourful culture of Cuba, Havana Vancouver is vibrant and energetic, filled with the sounds of friends connecting and storytelling, all set to a lively playlist. Step into a tropical escape with a year-round, sun-drenched patio, where you can enjoy authentic Latin flavours combined with Pacific Northwest ingredients and, of course, an innovative cocktail program.
During VCW Cinq à Sept, 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, Havana will offer a cocktail flight of its three bestsellers: the Cuban Old Fashioned, Santiago and Governor Sour.
801 West Georgia Street
Hawksworth Restaurant’s thoughtful bar program reflects the personality of their passionate bar team: nostalgic, modern and a little bit cheeky. With cocktails that run the gamut from the pre-Prohibition era to modern day, each member of the bar team has an ardent and meticulous passion for cocktail craft and is dedicated to providing a warm welcome in a lively and laidback Cocktail Lounge setting.
Homer St. Café and Bar
898 Homer Street
Homer Street is both a beloved neighbourhood hangout and a popular destination for its cosy patio, classic rotisserie chicken and exceptional drinks program led by bar star J-S Dupuis and featuring fresh, modern riffs on classic cocktails. Happy hour is always a good time here, but during cocktail week, expect plenty of Negronis and friends, and delightful snacks alongside.
Jetside Lounge at Fairmont Vancouver Airport
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond
Set against the backdrop of the North Shore Mountains and YVR’s active runways, Jetside Lounge offers nightly live music, creative cocktails, award-wining wines, craft beers and dishes that celebrate the flavours of the Pacific Northwest. Whether you’re jetting in or out of Vancouver Cocktail Week, or simply celebrating that it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, Jetside Lounge offers a collection of signature cocktails sure to satisfy every palate. Note that guests enjoy three hours of complimentary self-parking at Vancouver International Airport.
Jetside Lounge honours the tradition of Cinq à Sept with a signature libation created for Vancouver Cocktail Week: the Barrel-Aged Nuked Negroni. No happy hour times needed; the feature cocktail will be available throughout beverage service in Jetside Lounge.
217 Carrall Street
At L’Abattoir, located in the heart of Gastown, chef-patron Lee Cooper and his team are dedicated to highlighting the finer points of dining in a comfortable, yet refined setting. French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with an award-winning wine program and inspired cocktail list to offer an unforgettable dining experience.
For Cinq à Sept, offered daily at the bar from 5 to 7 p.m. during VCW, bar manager David Bulters and his team have crafted feature cocktails around four key flavour profiles: chamomile, line, grapefruit and orange. To complement these libations is a selection of Chef Lee Cooper’s a la carte menu items at 50 per cent off. Note that bar seating is first come, first served, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Maxine’s Café & Bar
1325 Burrard Street
Maxine’s magnificent interiors are inspired by the funky watering holes of Soho and the corner bistros of Europe. Its menu features elevated breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner favourites, alongside a bar program of fresh, thirst-quenching spins on classic cocktails. For happy hour, expect terrific cocktails and range of Maxine’s most popular bites.
1118 Mainland Street
Traditional Japanese flavours meet West Coast culinary techniques. Minami is known for its unique and innovative menu that unites the best of Asian and western cuisines, most notably its signature aburi oshi sushi. Using only the highest quality ingredients, Minami presents the aburi take on seafood dishes and red meats to enjoy with your choice of sake, wine or specialty cocktail. Offering a comfortable, lively atmosphere, Minami has been a pioneer in the vibrant Yaletown District since 2012.
During VCW Cinq à Sept, 3 to 5 p.m. daily, enjoy a Miyazaki Bubble Tea cocktail, featuring milk-clarified mango hojicha tea, or a gin-based Hatsuhinode.
Mount Pleasant Vintage and Provisions
67 West 6th Avenue
Mount Pleasant Vintage & Provisions is a neighborhood cocktail bar and wood fired grill, dressed up (or down!) as a vintage and resale thrift store.
1017 West Hastings Street
With Nightingale’s farm-to-table philosophy front of mind, bar manager Tim Lambden and his spirited bar team are passionate about creating inventive cocktails. Utilizing only the freshest and finest ingredients to craft original, seasonally inspired beverages, while honouring the integrity of every cocktail through technique and execution, is paramount to the foundation of both the team and the bar program.
Per Se Social Corner
891 Homer Street
A place to see, be seen and to get truly social. Enjoy la dolce vita with Mediterranean-inspired flavours on the plate and in the glass, in a stylishly casual but elevated setting in the heart of Yaletown.
Published on Main
3593 Main Street
Owner of a shiny new Michelin star and recognized as Van Mag’s 2022 restaurant and chef of the year, Published is one of the most exciting restaurants in the city. Chef Gus Stieffenhofer-Brandson has been hailed as a “food savant” who combines a passion for foraged and fermented foods with creative culinary flair and the patience to tweezer everything to perfection. That same reverence for ingredients and playful technique inspires the cocktail program, led by the talented Dylan Riches.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, Published on Main offers a feature cocktail list highlighting the elements of British Columbia’s West Coast.
Stock & Supply
550 W Hastings Street
Situated on the edge of historic Gastown, Stock & Supply offers guests a warm and approachable environment that showcases the best of BC flavors and hyper-local inspired craft cocktails. Join them for Cinq à Sept, daily during VCW, from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.
The Stock Room
1144 Homer Street
Wayward, tropical island vibes meet intoxicant stockroom at this classy and cultured yet approachable secret cocktail bar tucked behind Hundy Burger. Clandestine libations and merrymaking are to be found if you’re looking.
During Vancouver Cocktail Week, enjoy three feature tequila cocktails: Paloma, Margarita and Sangrita.
Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville Street
French bistro meets local cool at this award-winning neighbourhood bistro located in the heart of Coal Harbour. Tableau offers classic French fare with a West Coast influence in a warm and comfortable setting. The drinks program, led by bar star J-S Dupuis, features class French cocktails and inspired signatures. For VCW’s Cinq à Sept, come by and enjoy cocktails made with the flavour and spirit of France.
Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar
900 Seymour Street
Located in the stylishly renovated Moda Hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver’s cultural and entertainment district, Uva is by day a European-inspired caffe offering traditional Italian flavours with modern flair. But once darkness falls, it becomes a chic little cocktail bar with a seasonally inspired menu crafted by some of Vancouver’s top drink makers.
These events are not ticketed.
Cinq à Sept times vary and are subject to change. Please double check with individual venues for specific happy hour times.
Thanks to the Cinq á Sept sponsors: