BC Ferries adds alcoholic beverages to Coastal Cafe menu

Anyone who wants to grab a quick beer, wine or cider at BC Ferries’ coastal cafes will soon be in luck.

The company said it would begin offering alcoholic beverages “in the coming months” at coastal cafes on ships sailing between Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island.

This includes crossings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen and Duke Point and Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay.

BC Ferries says the move comes after introducing wine and beer to the Pacific Buffet more than two years ago “without any problems”. The company received approval in principle for liquor licenses in cafes subject to review by an inspector.

“BC Ferries is continually looking for ways to improve and add value to our customers’ experience and the offering of alcoholic beverages at select coastal cafes responds to customer feedback,” the company said.

Beverages may only be purchased with a meal by persons 19 and older and may only be offered by staff who have their Serving It Right certification. Drinks will also only be served in “limited quantities”, BC Ferries said.

Alcohol will be available for purchase at coastal cafes by the end of the summer, BC Ferries said.

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