There is no denying that Vancouver can be expensive, and with Pride Week upon us we’re always looking to spend our money on more important things like spray tans and cocktails. Saving a few dollars can be a lot easier than you think, and that doesn’t mean clipping coupons, or eating from a questionable hot dog cart … that is, unless you really want to.
Don’t Waste Your Money On Water
It’s going be hot, and we’re not just talking about all the shirtless boys. We may not get tons of sun in Vancouver, but you will still get plenty thirsty. Save time in line-ups and your money on over-priced bottled water by simply bringing your own with you. Grab the reusable water bottle from your gym bag or stop by your local dollar store for something cheap and cheerful. Point is, it doesn’t have to be anything super fancy – as chances are you’ll lose it by the end of the night. When its time for a refill head for a city waterfountain or stop by places like Starbucks, who will gladly fill you up when you’re out.
Pack a Snack
You’re bound to get hungry after a few hours of thumping music and sweaty bodies. Save yourself the guilt of indulging in some convenience store score and opt for something healthy and energizing you can bring along from home. Rice cakes, apple slices, trail mix, granola bars, and almonds are all great go-to munchies to help curb your hunger between meals, as well as provide you with that much-needed boost. Bananas of all kinds are yummy too!
Bring Your Own Wine. Yeah, We Said It
It’s a hot topic right now, and if you’re a foodie yourself you’ll probably have an opinion. In Vancouver, you’re now allowed to bring your own wine to most of your local (licensed) restaurants and eateries. Most restaurants charge corkage fees which can vary widely, but some places have special promos on certain days of the week where you can catch a break. Verace Pizza (189 Keefer Place) offers a $10 corkage fee every day but is free on Wednesdays and Pink E Thai (1152 Alberni St) is in at $12, but Vera’s (various locations) beats them all at just $2. Burgers and wine? Maybe. Point is, if you’ll be eating out, you can easily save a buck or two by bringing your own bottle.
Sample, Sample, Sample
Did someone say sausage fest? The second annual Smoking Sausage BBQ Cook Off takes place on Saturday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm in the alley west of Main Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. For just $3 you can try all of the mouth-watering entires, as well as vote for your fave. All proceeds go to the Vancouver Food Bank.
Local Vendor Sample Day happens this Friday and Saturday at Urban Fare (1688 Salt Street in the Olympic Village area) Try a wide selection of delicious local food, including our new favorite, Erin Ireland’s To Die For Banana Bread.
Free Pizza at Brick & Barley
This Friday and Saturday night from 10:30 pm to 2:00 am, head to Gastown and check out pop-up pizzeria Brick & Barley inside Incendio Restaurant (103 Columbia St). Tell them The Food Gays sent you, and you’ll receive a slice of fire-oven pizza on the house with your purchase of any regular craft beer. Supply is limited, so get them before they’re all gone!
The Food Gays are two Vancouver men who love food.Each week they will bring you something tasty right here on GayVancouver.Net.