By Wade Kinley
At once a modern urban playground and sprawling network of parks and trailways, Surrey knows well how to deftly mix work and play. So it’s no surprise that there is plenty to choose from to ease one’s day into evening. Here are just four of the happiest hours in Surrey.
When you arrive at Dominion Bar + Kitchen in the newly revamped Surrey City Centre, a sign welcomes you through golden doors, exclaiming “you’re here!” Easily accessible from Surrey Central Skytrain Station, you’ll be as excited to arrive as they are to have you. Especially at happy hour: weekdays from 2 to 6 PM and 3 to 6 PM on weekends. Wine and beer go for $5, while classic cocktails like a Bellini or Negroni are a cool $7. Dominion reflects Surrey’s diversity in their menu and it’s on offer at happy hour too. Try the sweet and spicy gochu wings ($11) or traditional-with-a-twist dim sum ($7). Neapolitan style pizzas are tossed to order for $10.
For most folks, happy hour comes at the end of the workday, an early evening respite after a long day at the office. But what about those that don’t keep the traditional 9 to 5 schedule? That’s where The Taphouse in Guildford comes to the rescue. Happy hour here runs from 9 PM to close, Sunday to Wednesday nights. Drink specials include craft beer, wine or Bellinis for $4 and a double high ball will put the day behind you for $6. Good old fashioned pub grub is on the menu too, all for $5 each. Try the lemon pepper fries for an extra tangy kick to everyone’s favourite bar snack.
Fancy a trip to Ireland, but only have the cash for a couple of happy hour deals? Look no further than Dublin Crossing where they truly put the Irish in Irish Pub. One step inside the stained-glass doors and you’re immediately transported to the Emerald Isle by the great dark wood bar and the retro Irish ads that adorn the faux-weathered walls. Happy hour runs here every day from 3 to 6 PM. Raise a glass to sláinte with beer, wine and highballs going for $4.50. A $6 appy menu runs the same time Sunday to Thursday and features, as any good Irish menu must, beer battered Parmesan truffle fries and loaded potato skins.
Central City is one of BC’s oldest craft breweries and certainly one of its most successful. Award after award has poured in for its Red Racer series of beers. See for yourself at the original brewery, expanded to a full scale brew pub in the heart of Surrey. At Happy Hour, every day from 3 to 6 PM, you can try any of their beer pouring that day. If variety is your spice, sample a 10 oz glass for $3.25. When you find one you like, upgrade to a 16 oz pour for a dollar more. Your non-beer-loving friends can enjoy high balls for $3.50 or wine for $5. A rotating menu of Happy Hour food starts at $5.