The rapidly growing area of Mount Pleasant is home to some of Vancouver’s most eccentric shops, restaurants, and people. From large corporate franchises to mom and pop establishments, this burgeoning neighbourhood offers diners the opportunity to eat and drink amongst a juxtaposition of new and old. Check out some of the best patios in Mount Pleasant.
Nestled among the hustle and bustle of Main Street is Burgoo, a bistro-style restaurant that serves the ultimate in comfort food. From soups and sandwiches to stew and curry, Burgoo offers up casual fare that will cater to all types of palettes. Be prepared to line up for the patio on a sunny day, but with filling portions and $5 daily drink specials, rest assured that it is well worth the wait.
Address: 3096 Main Street Vancouver
Arguably one of the best views in the city can be found at Tap & Barrel, a relative newcomer to the Vancouver patio scene. Situated along the False Creek seawall, this two-storey watering hole serves familiar pub grub – burgers, pizzas, and a variety of shareable appetizers. Beer and wine connoisseurs can rejoice in the restaurant’s extensive selection of craft beer, as well as Canada’s largest selection of wine on tap. With outdoor seating for 280, Tap & Barrel is favourite spot among locals to spend a lazy Vancouver day.
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
A neighbourhood favourite, The Five Point serves casual pub fare in a cozy, intimate setting. A street-facing patio along the busy Main Street corridor makes it a great spot for a slow day of people-watching. Make sure to check out the daily food and drink specials to get the best bang for your buck.
Address: 3124 Main Street, Vancouver
Channel your favourite Brady Bunch character at The Rumpus Room, a quirky Main Street restaurant serving up comfort food with a twist (peanut butter burger, anyone?). With its kitschy décor, plastic flamingo-adorned patio, and impressive board game collection, The Rumpus Room successfully recreates the feeling of hanging out in your doting, yet slightly offbeat grandma’s basement.
Address: 2689 Main Street, Vancouver
Hidden away on a quiet street off Main is The Whip Restaurant & Gallery, a neighbourhood establishment that uses its lofty space to feature work from local artists. With a small but cozy patio, The Whip serves comfort food, with options abound for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Meat is organic and locally sourced, and several B.C. craft beers are available on tap. A different cask of local brew is tapped every Sunday afternoon, and the fully stocked bar features a sizeable Scotch list, making The Whip a haven for local connoisseurs.
Address: 209 East 6th Avenue, Vancouver
Written and researched by Jessica Lee, a columnist at Vancity Buzz.
Photo Credits: Canadian Veggie/Flickr (featured image); Janis Behan/Flickr (first image – Burgoo); Canadian Veggie/Flickr (second image – Tap & Barrel); The Five Point (third image); YVRBCbro/Flickr (fourth image – Rumpus Room); The Whip (fifth image)