Are after-work drinks starting to take a toll on your budget? Do you love going out but need to save cash? (Doesn’t everyone?)

Here’s where and when to get some of your favourite happy hour snacks and cocktails without breaking the bank.

Drinks

Highballs (1oz)

A happy hour staple for pocket change.

Chuck’s Burger Bar – $3.50

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2:30 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
  • Location:Β 538 Yates St

Earls – $3.50

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 1199 Government St

Felicita’s Pub – $3.50

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
  • Location: 3800 Finnerty Rd

Highballs (2oz)

For when you need a little something extra.

Pluto’s – $5.95

  • Hours:
    • Sunday β€” Thursday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
    • Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. to close
  • Location: 1150 Cook St

Cenote – $6 (gin & tonic)

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 5 p.m. β€” 7 p.m.
  • Location: 768 Yates St

Local beer sleeves

Cold local brews for just a couple of toonies!

Ferris’ Grill & Garden Patio – $3.95

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 536 Yates St

Baan Thai Wok & Bar – $4

  • Hours: Monday β€” Saturday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 1117 Blanshard St, 104-2000 Cadboro Bay Rd, 400-777 Royal Oak Dr

Crooked Goose Bistro – $4

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2:30 p.m. β€” 5:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 4136 Wilkinson Rd

Martinis

Because classy doesn’t have to be expensive.

Fiamo – $5.50

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 4 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
  • Location: 515 Yates St

Vista 18 – $6

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. (note – will reopen early spring)
  • Location: 740 Burdett Ave

Sangria

Fruity and frugal.

Steamship Grill & Bar – $5

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 470 Belleville St

Santiago’s Cafe – $5

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 660 Oswego St

Tapa Bar – $5 ($20 pitcher)

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. & 10 p.m. to close
  • Location: 620 Trounce Alley

House wine

By the glass.

Ferris’ Grill & Garden Patio – $3.95

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 536 Yates St

Nourish Kitchen – $4

  • Hours: Tuesday β€” Saturday, 2 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 225 Quebec St

Strathcona Hotel’s Rooftop Patio – $4

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 4 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
  • Location: 919 Douglas St

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Food

Truffle fries

Is there a more heavenly combination than truffles and fries?

Cactus Club Cafe – $4

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 1125 Douglas St

Lot 1 Pasta Bar – $5

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
  • Location: 815 Cloverdale Ave

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Flatbread

The perfect pre-dinner snack.

Fireside Grill – $5

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 2:30 p.m. β€” 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: 4509 W Saanich Rd

Finn’s – $6

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 4 p.m. β€” 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: 1208 Wharf St

Cheese boards

Even indulgent cheese boards are possible on a budget!

Milestones – $9

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. & 9 p.m. to close
    • (Patio: 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.)
  • Location: 812 Wharf St

Caffe Fantastico – $10

  • Hours: Monday β€” Saturday, 4 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 965 Kings Rd, 298 Harbour Rd

Dry ribs

Clean plate, full wallet, can’t lose.

The Sticky Wicket – $5

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 4 p.m. β€” 6 p.m.
  • Location: 919 Douglas St

5th St. Bar & Grill – $7

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: 1028 Hillside Ave

Moxie’s Classic Grill – $7

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m., 9 p.m. to close
  • Location: 1010 Yates St

Sliders

As adorable as they are affordable.

Pagliacci’s – one for $4

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 1011 Broad St

Glo Restaurant & Lounge – two for $7

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. & last hour of service
  • Location: 2940 Jutland Rd

Shark Club – three for $7

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. to close
  • Location: 2852 Douglas St

The Beagle Pub – three for $8

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 2 p.m. β€” 4 p.m.
  • Location: 301 Cook St

Calamari

Are you a crunchy tentacle or a chewy ring kind of person?

Shark Club – $7

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 3 p.m. β€” 6 p.m. & 10 p.m. to close
  • Location: 2852 Douglas St

Heron Rock Bistro – $8

  • Hours: Monday β€” Sunday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m. & 8 p.m.
  • Location:Β 435 Simcoe St

The Beach House Restaurant – $8

  • Hours: Monday β€” Friday, 3 p.m. β€” 5 p.m.
  • Location: 5109 Cordova Bay Rd

Did we miss your favourite? Know a place that’s even more affordable?

Comment below and let us know where you go for happy hour on a budget.