Oh, happy day. We were promised change after the BC Liquor review and here it comes. Today, the provincial government finally opened the door to happy hours and implemented minimum drink pricing. Now the minimum price a bar, restaurant or pub can charge is $3 for a drink, which can be a single oz cocktail, five oz glass of wine or 12 oz sleeve/bottle of beer or cider. The minimum price for a pint of beer is $5 and $15 for a 60-ounce pitcher of beer.
Alas, two for one drink specials are still outlawed, but 'happy hour' can last all day or part of a day, so long as drinks do not fall below minimum price standards.
Other changes introduced today which finally see the end of some of the more baffling BC policies include:
• Food-primary establishment patrons can now order drinks without being obligated to order food.
• Customers are free to move their drink from one adjoining licensed area to another, meaning you can carry your beer from the bar to a table in the restaurant.
• Hosts of family Special Occasion Licence (SOL) events are now able to legally serve homemade or UBrew/UVin wine or beer.
• Bar/restaurant/liquor store owners may now transfer small amounts of liquor between similar types of establishments.
More on this story - and where you can dive into Happy Hours across the city soon. Watch this space.
· All Coverage of BC Liquor Policy Review [EVAN