As Canada’s oldest still running cycling classic, this July 12th, Gastown welcomes thousands of energetic fans and cyclists to the neighbourhood for an exciting day filled with food, drink, celebration and racing.
The Grand Prix is a super fast paced race called a “Criterium”. Also known as a “crit”, it is a high speed action-packed bike race that is held on a closed course, that is usually between 800 and 1,500 meters. Criteriums are mass-start races where riders travel around the course for a set number of laps or time: i.e., 50 laps or 90 minutes. During the race, riders will also race for prizes called primes (pronounced “preems”). If a rider is involved in an accident, they can have one free lap to repair the damage in the mechanics pit before re-entering the race.
The Gastown Grand Prix is a one day only event. It’s a fantastic chance to spend an entire afternoon and evening in one of the city’s best neighbourhoods. Enjoy refreshing drinks and delicious food during Happy Hour and keep your spot along track. Have some of your friends hold down your great viewing spot along the route while the other half of the group go in for drinks and food – then switch up relay style – everyone will be satiated, just in time for the race!
(The races start at 5.30pm).
Here are 25 of the Best Places to Find Happy Hour in Gastown for The Grand Prix.
Gastown has it all. History, modern fashion, current trends, good art, exceptional food and lots of coffee. It also has enough Happy Hours to fill the face of a clock, twice over. We’ve found the best places to enjoy fine drinks and food at delicious prices!
At L’abattoir, Happy Hour is each day from 5:30pm to 6:30 pm, it’s first come first served at the bar, with half-priced appetizers, daily red and white wines for $6, beer for $5, and cocktail specials for $7.
Vegetarian and vegan centered Meet Restaurant has a sweet Happy Hour from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and 10:00pm to close with $4 sleeves of Phillips Lager and $5 Groovy Gravy Fries or Corn Fritters.
Nicli Antica Pizzeria – Vancouver’s first VPN Certified Neapolitan Pizzeria, has a Happy Hour each day from 4pm-6pm. They offer: 8-inch Margherita Pizza with Draught Beer or House Wine $10, Italian Classic Cocktails at 50% off and a glass of Fernet for $4.
Southern Styled BBQ joint, Peckinpah offers Happy Hour daily from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with $5 Draft Beer.
Jules French Bistro pours featured Happy Hour wines at $5 a glass and $25 a bottle along with an $8 menu 2.30pm – 5.30pm each day.
The Revel Room has a “Sour Hour” Tuesday through Saturday afternoons from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, $6 sours, $5 craft beers and $9 tipsy pour (9oz) wines.
Come for “Low Tide” at Rodney’s Oyster Bar Monday through Saturday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm for cheap oysters, mussels, clams, garlic shrimp and Haida Gwaii Candy.
Six Acres offers cheap beer and Pimms Cups for $5 – Happy Hours are each day 11:30 AM to 6 PM.
The Diamond is a Gastown gem – Sushi and unique cocktails – Happy Hour goes til 7:30pm.
Tacofino makes every day Happy from 3:00pm to 6:00pm with MARGARITAS $8, ALL DRAFT BEER $5 and WINES BY THE GLASS $1 OFF. Food menu includes: CHIPS & DIP $10, QUESO FUNDIDO $8, TORTILLA SOUP $5, BAJA CAESAR $8 and SALMON CEVICHE $8.
There’s an excellent “Appy Hour” at The Flying Pig available every day between 3pm & 6pm (Monday to Friday) 4pm & 6pm (weekends) with such tasty numbers as their Siracha BBQ Chicken Drumstick, Beef Carpaccio and Truffled Jumbo Macaroni.
And at the other Pig in Gastown, The Greedy Pig Happy Hour is Tuesday through Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm and includes $4 single high balls, $6 doubles, $4 sleeves, $5 pints and $15 pitchers of draft beer. They also have house red and white wines for $5 with a $4 to $7 appetizer menu to choose from.
“Fun for all the family” Happy Hour at The Irish Heather allows kids to eat free from lunch until 7:00pm (One child per adult). HAPPY HOUR DRINKS $5 3-6PM DAILY- GUINNESS, KRONENBOURG 1664, RUSSELL BLOOD ALLEY BITTER, PUCKER UP GRAND-DAD (Old Grand-Dad Bourbon followed by a shot of pickle juice) and JAMESON $4.
With discounted Tipples, Beer Taps and Wine on the board, Tuc Craft Kitchen’s Happy Hour is short but sweet, going from 5:00pm to 6:00pm. Small plates include: Mussels & Sausage,Pork Croquette & Kimchi, Gravlax and Parsnip Fries. Bring your bike and check it in for the evening at Tuc’s Free Bike Valet set up just for the event.
The Clough Club has its Cocktail Happy Hour – $7 Select Classic Cocktails, $4 Spirits and $4 Highballs, $5 Hot Dogs (three to choose from) – free bar snacks included, Monday to Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.
At The Lamplighter you’ll find Happy Hour from Monday to Friday, 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Try their Best Boudin Balls and Bourbon Bacon Popcorn! Craft Beers and House Wines are $5 each and Highballs are $4.
The Portside Pub’s Happy Hour is from 5:00pm to 7:00pm and includes a $6 Appie menu, featuring their delicious Lobster Roll and many other nibbles. Stop by after work and pair one of these tasty treats with any of their 22 local craft beers on special for $5!
The Charles Bar at the Woodward’s Building has a Happy Hour Monday to Friday from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. Wings are $8.95; Domestic Draft is $4.00; House Red or White is $4.00; and Well Highballs are $3.00!
Joe Pizza sells ‘al taglio’ square cut pizza cooked Roman Style, along with salads, beer and wine. Happy Hour is 4-6pm every day – [Dine-In Only].
La Mezcaleria, Gastown’s latest Mexican restaurant, has their Happy Hour Tuesday 9pm-11pm and Wednesday to Sunday 2pm to 5pm. House wines are $6, Lager $5 and Cocktails $6-$7. Food includes Ceviche Callejero $6, Quesito Fundido $8 and Amigos Flight (3 items) $16.
The Metropole Bar offers a Burger and Beer Combo for $7 every day along with .75 cent Tacos 4pm-8pm daily.
Pourhouse holds a generous Happy Hour each day from 5-6pm. Drink specials and small plates are all half price.