Fancy a beer or wine while you sail aboard a major route on BC Ferries?
Well, you’re in luck. As of November 9th, travellers aboard BC Ferries vessels travelling between Victoria and Vancouver can now purchase alcoholic drinks from the Coastal Café.
This comes after a successful pilot project where BC Ferries sold wine and beer at its Pacific Buffet for five months without incident back in October 2019.
Travellers aged 19 or older can now purchase up to two alcoholic beverages on board sailings between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, from the Coastal Café.
“We’ve heard from many passengers that they would like to enjoy an alcoholic beverage with their meal while on board,” the website reads. “We are adding alcoholic beverages to the menu in select Coastal Cafes as a way to improve the customer experience.”
The drink options include 355 millilitre cans of beer, cider, or a “refreshment beverage,” as well as a 250-millilitre glass of wine.
These are the drink options that will be available:
- 12-ounce glass of cider costs about $7.49 plus tax
- 12-ounce refreshment beverage costs about $7.49 plus tax
- 8.5-ounce (250ml) glass of wine costs about $13.99 plus tax
- 12-ounce (355ml) glass of beer ranges from $6.99 plus tax to $7.99 plus tax
Customers won’t be allowed to take their alcoholic drinks out of the Coastal Café area, and children are still allowed to sit in the cafeteria area, just as they would at a typical restaurant.
Currently, alcoholic drinks are only available between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, however, BC Ferries says it plans to expand the sale of alcohol to sailings between Tsawwassen and Duke Point, and between Departure Bay and Horseshoe Bay.