(Trounce Alley/Photo by Vanessa Annabella)

Whether you’re casually visiting the downtown core, or plan to embark on Happy Hour hunt, this article’s a must-read for you!

The Downtown Victoria Business Association has some choice recommendations for all you lovers of fine cuisine and low, low prices.

So without further ado, here’s a list of some of the best restaurants in downtown Victoria and their Happy Hours that’ll keep you going back for more!

1. Cafe Mexico

  • What: One of the largest Mezcal bars in Canada, Cafe Mexico has been around since 1985 – and based on how popular it is, this restobar is here to stay! Their Happy Hour deals encompass the Street Food menu, and the following drink specials:
    Margaritas – $2 Off
    Modelo Especial – $5
    All Cerveza on Tap – $5
    Frozen La Paloma – $8
    House Red/White – $6
    House Prosecco – $6
  • When: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. every day | 10 p.m. – midnight on Friday & Saturday
  • Where: 1425 Store St

2. Ferris’ Upstairs Seafood + Oyster Bar

  • What: This iconic restaurant offers a two-part dining experience – you can choose to go Upstairs to the Seafood and Oyster Bar, or stay on the ground floor for their Grill and Garden Patio. And each experience has its own set of deals!

DOWNSTAIRS:
Buck a shuck oysters
Tempura prawns (minimum 6) – $1 each
3 panko breaded oysters – $6
House wine – $4
Red racer pilsner – $4
Hi balls – $4

UPSTAIRS
Buck a shuck oysters
House wine – $4
Red racer pilsner – $4
Hi balls – $4

  • When: DOWNSTAIRS: 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. everyday | UPSTAIRS: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. everyday
  • Where: 536 Yates St

3. Canoe Brewpub

  • What: You probably know about this place because of its live music, gorgeous patio, home-brewed beer and all round great vibes. Now, we’re telling you when to catch this pub at its cheapest!
    Brewmaster’s Pint – $5.85
    Red/White Wine – $6
    Snacks – $6
  • When: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Friday | Every Thursday
  • Where: 450 Swift St

4. The Pink Bicycle

  • What: Often referred to as the best burger joint in the city, this restaurant starts its Happy Hours an hour earlier than most others – just in time for a late lunch!
    Small Poutine – $5
    Beer sleeves – $5
  • When: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Where: 1008 Blanshard St

5. Smiths Pub

  • What: Grab a pint or two at this cozy pub in the heart of downtown Victoria – we’ll tell you when to go so you’ll get the most bang out of your buck!
    Beer sleeves – $4
    House Wine – $4
    Grilled Cheese Sandwich – $4
    They’ve also got tons of daily specials so check out their website for more.
  • When: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. everday
  • Where: 777 Courtney St

6. The Tapa Bar

  • What: This adorable bistro is the place to go if you’re craving a good sangria and a  scrumptious bite or two! Check out these super affordable prices:
    Draught beer – $5
    Red/White Sangria – $5/glass | $20/pitcher
    Select wines – $5/glass | $25/bottle
    Mussels de cha cha cha – 10
    Gambas al ajillo – 10
    Gambas chipotle – 10
    Pollo chipotle – 10
    Pollo al ajillo – 10
    Margarita pizza – 10
  • When: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. everyday
  • Where: 620 Trounce Alley

7. 10 Acres/Commons

  • What: With possibly the most extensive Happy Hour menu of them all, this restaurant may just be one of our favourites when we’re on the lookout for a sweet deal.

REGULAR:
Hiballs – $4
Draught beer – $4
Shafts – $5
Mint Mojitos – $6
Margaritas – $6
House wine – $6
Bellinis – $8
Fresh shucked oysters – prices vary depending on quantity
Crispy chicken tacos – $12
Burger + Fries – $15
Prawn tacos – $15
Halloumi + tofu tacos – $12
Sushi Platter – $20

LATE NIGHT:
Hiballs – $4
Draught beer – $4
Shafts – $5
House wine – $6
Oysters – 1/2 price

  • When: REGULAR: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. everyday | LATE NIGHT: 10 p.m. – close everyday
  • Where: 620 Humboldt Street

8. Swans Hotel and Brewpub

  • What: For all you hungry and thirsty night owls roaming the streets in search of sustenance, look no further than Swans Hotel and Brewpub!

LATE NIGHT:

All burgers – $8 (with the purchase of a beverage)
Feature beer – $5

WEEKENDS:
Caesars – Single $4.95 | Double $6

  • When: LATE NIGHT: 9 p.m. – 11 p.m. Monday – Friday | WEEKENDS: 10 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Where: 506 Pandora Ave

So next time you’re in downtown Victoria, make sure to bring your appetites, because you’ll want to sample all of these delicious treats!

And once you’ve filled up on drinks and snacks, check out the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s event calendar to find out more about all the things to do in the area when you’re there!

Although this concludes our list for now, these are just a small handful of the many amazing restaurants and bars that serve Happy Hour in the downtown core. What are some your favourites?

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