We all know St. Patrick’s Day is a great night to spend with friends and celebrate. And with the occasion falling on a Friday this year what better night to go out and grab a happy hour! If you are looking for a place to avoid the massive crowds, or looking for something a bit less green than green beer check out one of these 5 alternative places to spend St. Patrick’s Day.

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    UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar 900 Seymour Street

    If you fancy trying something different this St. Patrick’s Day then UVA Wine and Cocktail Bar is the place to be. They offer four different wine flights, each with 3 different wines to sample. And each glass is 2oz. Try the Bubbles Flight ($18), which includes a glass of Prosecco or select the Italian Tourist Flight ($16) which includes a 2015 Pinot Grigio. You can also choose the Freshen Up Flight ($16) or the Rain Shadow Flight ($18) which comprises of three reds to warm your soul. Come between 2pm and 6pm and enjoy the Happy Hour antipasti selection of Arancini (3 for $5), Panelle (3 for $5), Marinated Olives ($5), Crispy Potatoes ($5), and the Mistecanza ($9). If you feel like stepping out later in the evening then take a look at UVA’s Late Night Menu which includes Marrow Toast ($12), Steamed Mussels ($12), and Pâté nella Crosta ($10).

  • 2.

    YEW Seafood + Bar 791 West Georgia Street

    Who says Happy Hour has to be early?! YEW have created an inviting Reverse Happy Hour concept, in which five new cocktails and five new dishes have been custom created to enjoy for $10 each and are available every day of the week from 8pm to 11pm. Try the Careyeros Cocktail which features Altos Plata Tequila, Dry Vermouth and Tamarind, Fernet Branca, Turmeric (yes, Turmeric!), and Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur and Condesa Bitters. Pair this cocktail with the YEW Poutine: Hand Cut Kennebec Fries, Emma Farm Cheese Vurd, and Lobster Bisque. Check out their website to explore the Teatro Colon, the Highveld Colada, the Expat Booster and the Palmeraie Cocktails each with their respective food pairings or just take a trip to YEW and jump in!

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    Hapa Izakayi 1193 Hamilton Street (Yaletown) and 909 West Cordova Street (Coal Harbour)

    Another one for those wanting to escape anything Irish on St. Patrick’s Night – Hapa in Yaletown or Coal Harbour. Come between 5pm and 6pm daily or between 9pm – Close from Sunday to Thursday to benefit from this Happy Hour Menu. Select Draft Beers ($4) and Glasses of Wine ($5) are offered along with a selection of Hapa Food which includes the Negitoro ($6), the Renkon Gyoza Tempura ($5) and Tokoyaki ($6). And if you want to treat yourself to a little spice, we can recommend the $6.50 Spicy Pork Ishi-Yaki. Yum!

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    BierCraft Bistro 3305 Cambie Street

    If you wish to choose your own adventure this St. Patrick’s Day then why not visit Biercraft Bistro in Cambie Village and choose any four draft beers (4.5oz each) from their beer flight for $10. You get to choose from a large selection of Taps amongst them, the Delirium Tremens Belgian Beer (nominated for best beer in the world!), the Czech Pilsner Urquell, and the Danish Somersby Apple Cider. You can also sample great BC Beers such as the Driftwood Fat Tug, Steamworks Pale Ale, and the Parallel 49 Rotating Tap. A great combination for a great night.

  • 5.

    Chill Winston 3 Alexander Street

    If you fancy sticking with the religious theme of St. Patrick’s night but don’t fancy the Guinness then check out Chill Winston’s Cocktail Menu. You can try the Spooning Jesus Cocktail ($9) or the Believer Cocktail ($10.50). Feeling brave? Then try the Ritual Sacrifice Cocktail ($12) or the Son of Adam Cocktail for $13.

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