Ultimate Happy Hour lists daily food specials, along with daily and late night happy hour spots across Victoria. (Pixabay photo)

Victoria resident creates website to map out more than 100 local happy hour spots

Inspired by a trip to the U.S., Jordan Caron’s idea began to take shape in 2014

A Victoria resident has created a website that lists and maps out more than 100 local happy hours to help people find the best deals in the city.

The idea for Ultimate Happy Hour, created by Jordan Caron, started to take shape in 2014 when new rules were introduced in the province to allow licensed bars and restaurant to change their prices during the day. Caron purchased the domain name but wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with it until he took a trip to the U.S., then he and a friend began mapping out what the site would actually look like.

READ ALSO: Oak Bay residents on Westdowne take happy hour to the limit

“I’m in web marketing and I do search engine marketing for clients, social media stuff. And I’m always looking for side projects,” says Caron, who spends anywhere from 10 to 20 hours per month updating the site. “It’s so cheap and easy to get a website up, so I’ll just kind of throw stuff at the wall and see if something sticks.”

The site has grown to list other cities’ happy hours, including Austin, Nanaimo and Edmonton to name a few. And while Caron isn’t making any money off the site just yet, he has hopes for the future.

He recalls a scene in the movie The Social Network that struck a chord with him.

READ ALSO: Victoria’s median asking rent for one-bedroom hits $1,600

“Shawn Fanning and Mark Zuckerberg are talking about the guy who sold Victoria’s Secret for a million dollars, and three years later when it sold for [far more money] he committed suicide,” says Caron. “He was basically telling Zuckerberg to not monetize this thing because it’s a billion-dollar idea, not a million-dollar idea.”

On the site, people can view a map of all the happy hours across Greater Victoria, along with a list of daily food and drink specials and late-night happy hours.

Everybody loves a good happy hour,” he says, adding that his favourite is at Cafe Mexico. “The bars usually fill up, there’s a good energy, there’s a good vibe and obviously saving money on drinks and food is a bonus especially right now, as a lot of restaurants have increased their prices a little bit to make up for lost revenues,” he says.

To see a list of happy hours in Victoria visit ultimatehappyhours.com/location/victoria.


 

Do you have something to add to this story, or something else we should report on? Email:
kendra.crighton@blackpress.ca. Follow us on Instagram.  
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Food and Drink

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Saanich council to dig into long-awaited garden suite study

Detached suites keep families close, provide financial flexibility, mayor says

Oak Bay council places 60-day protection order on Island Road house

Developer pulled heritage agreement over ‘exorbitant’ $417,000 fees

Protesters showcase massive old yellow cedar as Port Renfrew area forest blockade continues

9.5-foot-wide yellow cedar measured by Ancient Forest Alliance campaigners in Fairy Creek watershed

Firefighters tackle medium-sized grass fire on rural Saanich property

Saanich Fire Department issues warm weather fire safety reminder

Electrical fault results in Saanich hydro pole fire

BC Hydro crews on scene repairing damage well into the early morning hours

VIDEO: Greater Victoria police officers try bhangra dancing with social media star

Gurdeep Pandher leads bhangra lesson on front lawn of the BC Legislature building

Captain Horvat’s OT marker lifts Canucks to 4-3 win over Blues

Vancouver takes 2-0 lead in best-of-7 NHL playoff series with St. Louis

Widow of slain Red Deer doctor thanks community for support ahead of vigil

Fellow doctors, members of the public will gather for a physically-distanced vigil in central Alberta

Taking dog feces and a jackhammer to neighbourhood dispute costs B.C. man $16,000

‘Pellegrin’s actions were motivated by malice …a vindictive, pointless, dangerous and unlawful act’

Racist stickers at Keremeos pub leaves group uneasy and angry

The ‘OK’ hand gesture is a known hate-symbol

VIDEO: World responds to B.C. girl after pandemic cancels birthday party

Dozens of cards and numerous packages were delivered to six-year-old Charlie Manning

Expected fall peak of COVID-19 in Canada could overwhelm health systems: Tam

National modelling projections released Friday show an expected peak in cases this fall

Hundreds of sea lions to be killed on Columbia River in effort to save endangered fish

Nearly 22,000 comments received during public review were opposed, fewer than 200 were for

Most Read