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 below!) Expect VCW signature cocktails, snacks, entertainment, socializing and more. Don’t forget to enter your photos in the Instagram contest, and you might win a Gastown prize package featuring gift cards for select venues to enjoy at your leisure. Note that these events are not ticketed; however, some establishments may recommend reservations, so call ahead to secure a seat.
Ancora Waterfront Dining and Patio
#2-1600 Howe St.
2:30 to 5 pm
Take a journey through Peruvian piscos. This Cinq à Sept event showcases the unique flavours of this South American brandy through cocktails and flights, served with delicious bites that embrace the harmony of Peruvian and Japanese cultures while incorporating the bounty of the West Coast. ancoradining.com
ARC Restaurant at the Fairmont Waterfront
900 Canada Pl.
3 to 5:30 pm
This elevated happy hour experience features signature cocktail flights celebrating Wayward Distillery’s Unruly Gin. Dave Brimacombe, Wayward’s founder and CEO, will be on hand to lead cocktail demonstrations with the award-winning, honey-based gin. arcdining.com
1566 Commercial Dr.
4 to 5 pm
Bringing the real Italy to you in Vancouver’s “Little Italy.” Come escape with grappa and amaro flights and classic European cocktails. Served with imported and local meat and cheese boards and apertivo hour snacks. barcorso.ca
Brass Fish Tavern
385 Burrard St.
3 to 7 pm
Enjoy a selection of $8 classic cocktails (2oz): Old Fashioned, Margarita, Negroni, Brass Fish G&T, Classic Martini. donnellygroup.ca/brass-fish-tavern
Capo and The Spritz
350 Davie St.
3 to 7 pm
Drawing inspiration from classic Italian flavours and using only the finest ingredients, our bar manager Jessica Hoffman has created a selection of vibrant cocktails. Pairing with these specially created drinks, chef Evan Morgan is offering an array of delicious cichetti. capoandspritz.com
1115 Alberni St.
2:30 to 6 pm
A celebration of vermouth. We’re designing a special cocktail menu all around vermouth, to be enjoyed during our aperitivo hour, 2:30 to 6 pm daily. carlinorestaurant.com
212 Abbott St.
March 8 and 9, 5 to 7 pm
Enjoy a selection of $8 classic cocktails (2oz): Old Fashioned, Paloma, Negroni. donnellygroup.ca/clough-club
261 Powell St.
Savour Latin American small plates and unique and classic cocktail creations in industrial chic surroundings. cuchillo.ca
1028 Canada Pl.
Bacaro is focused on lighter, aperitivo-style drinks, so expect to enjoy the delicately bittered flavours of vermouth or amari in cocktails or on their own. giovanebacaro.com
Gotham Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
615 Seymour St.
3 to 6 pm
Celebrate social hour in the fabulous Art Deco-inspired Gotham Lounge. Sip sophisticated cocktails and savour small bites in the seductive atmosphere of this award-winning downtown favourite. gothamsteakhouse.com
Guilt & Co.
1 Alexander St.
5 to 7 pm
Notes & libations, underground. Enjoy featured cocktails & small plates for Cinq à Sept followed by a night of live music. guiltandcompany.com
1212 Commercial Dr.
3 to 5 pm
Enjoy a tasting flight featuring three of Havana’s signature cocktails: the Cuban Old Fashioned, The Governor Sour and Santiago. havanavancouver.com
801 W. Georgia St.
4 to 6 pm
During our Cinq à Sept celebration, Hawksworth Restaurant will offer tableside cocktail demonstrations featuring colourful twists on two classic cocktails, the South Side and Blushing Negroni. Each features garnishes that transform the colour of the drink as it is poured and/or stirred—as appetizing for the palate as for the eye. hawksworthrestaurant.com
Homer Street Cafe and Bar
898 Homer St.
2:30 to 5:30 pm
“Bitter is better” at Homer Street Cafe and Bar. The Cinq à Sept will feature classic and contemporary cocktails featuring our favourite amaros from our friends at Campari. Come and enjoy some delicious cocktails and spritzes and get your appetite started! homerstreetcafebar.com
Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
637 Hornby St.
5 to 7 pm
Join us for happy hour with highlights from our outstanding whisky bar. Enjoy both classic and contemporary cocktails featuring amber spirits from around the world, paired with chef’s specially matched bites. hyssteakhouse.com
Land & Sea
1864 W. 57th Ave.
5 to 7 pm
Here at Land & Sea, we like to explore and push cultural boundaries by highlighting seasonal ingredients and putting our spin on our favourite dishes and drinks. Join us and enjoy immersive cocktails curated by bar manager Juheon Lee paired with elevated small bites by chef Kevin Lin exclusively for VCW. landandseayvr.com
43 E. 5th Ave.
Enjoy fun modern classic cocktails made by the Lavish team and delicious appetizers and mains by Blaze Gourmet Burgers. If you like what you try, you can also purchase retail items to take home with you and up your home bartender game! lavishliquid.com
Maxine’s Cafe & Bar
1325 Burrard St.
Come and join us at Maxine’s Cafe & Bar for a journey inspired by the classic cocktails of La Belle Époque. Let our bar team take you through our creations inspired by the classics that shape the cocktail world. maxinescafebar.com
185 Keefer St.
MILA was created to prove that doing good for the planet doesn’t have to come with compromise. Through trusted culinary innovation and a focus on internationally-inspired flavour, MILA delivers on elevated, yet approachable, plant-based dining experience. Sip on MILA’s two feature cocktails while you enjoy savoury plant-based bites. milaplantbased.com
Pourhouse Restaurant & Cocktail Bar
162 Water St.
3 to 6 pm
Happy hour features VCW cocktails curated by bar manager Adam Domet plus snacks including Pourhouse classics such as the single smash burger, Pourhouse caesar salad and Truffle Tots. Live music nightly from 7 to 10 pm. pourhousevancouver.com
Published on Main
3593 Main St.
We’ll be offering one or two feature cocktails that are inspired by the season, harnessing locally foraged ingredients that present new flavours in an approachable and sustainable way. We’ll also be offering small bites that play with similar flavours designed to pair with the cocktails. publishedonmain.com
St. Regis Bar & Grill
608 Dunsmuir St.
3 to 6 pm
Say “cheers” to happy hour at the St. Regis Bar & Grill. This neighbourhood favourite features the best casual snacking and sharing menu in the city, along with traditional cocktails, expertly elevated. stregisbarandgrill.com
Tableau Bar Bistro
1181 Melville St.
2:30 to 5:30 pm
Come and join Tableau Bar Bistro’s bar manager Nich Box and his team in a spirited tour of cocktails and spirits from Provence through Normandie. Explore the popular, the obscure and the forgotten spirits of France through fun cocktails created by our exceptional bar team. tableaubarbistro.com
Tutto Restaurant & Bar
901 Homer St.
4:30 to 7 pm
Enjoy Milanese aperitivo-style cocktails and food while learning about Italian aperitivo culture. The “Lounge Aperitivo Series” will feature craft cocktails, classic antipasti (prosciutto, olives, cheese, salami, grissini, crackers, canapés) and our signature creations (such as funghi pizza, buffalo mozzarella salad and vitello tonnato). Plus our sponsors from Campari (Sunday and Monday) and Select Aperitivo/Montenegro (Tuesday and Wednesday) will be on hand to entertain guests with stories about their brands. tuttorestaurant.ca
Queens Cross Pub
2989 Lonsdale Ave.
Enjoy cocktails designed especially for VCW by Robyn Gray and Tarquin Melnyk using avant garde technique and molecular technology featuring Ms. Better’s Bitters. Accompanied by classic pub fare in a historic environment. queenscross.com
UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar
900 Seymour St.
2 to 5 pm
This tour of the Amalfi Coast will be a mouthwatering experience like no other as bar manager Stephen Sherry and chef Jesse Zuber take you to one of Italy’s most famous food and drink regions. With a flight of four cocktails and four bites all centralized around the famous cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, this event will take you on a journey from ocean to grassy clifftop. uvavancouver.com
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: