We’re almost there, folks. Year after year we wither through long stretches of rain and sombre skies to get to the good stuff – Vancouver in the summer.
Here we are, teetering on the precipice; shorter hemlines, glistening flesh and sun-kissed faces are just a few Celsius degrees away. Perhaps it’s the exposed skin or the intoxicating scent of sweat that awakens our primal urge to pursue and chase. Or maybe it’s the liberal orders of mojitos. Whatever it is, this sexy season turns our thoughts to our libido.
So, whether you want to chase or be pursued, here are the patios where you can find men soaking up the sun and rum. Game on.
Settle in with a peach Bellini and admire the romantic backdrop of Coal Harbour shimmering in the sun. A couple cocktails and dreamy scenery may be all you need to lock eyes with a comely stranger and send over a smile. The beckoning views that this patio offers reels Vancouverites and tourists in droves.
Address: 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-620-7410
The Keg Yatetown’s rooftop patio has graced almost every patio best-of list. Rightly so and perhaps that’s the reason it has also quickly turned into THE spot to meet people. The patio consists of a dining area with large sectionals and tables for intimate dining. But, the bar area is abuzz with a dapper-looking crowd swilling cocktails and just itching to mingle.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-633-2534
Website: The Keg Yaletown
Craft the beer and they will come. With eight in-house crafted brews and deliciously curated cocktails to imbibe in, there is no shortage of gents here. From the suited-up to the casual, everyone likes parking their derrieres on this patio that wraps partially around a Yaletown block.
Address: 1111 Mainland Street
Phone Number: 604-681-2739
This patio offers one of the best views in the city as it overlooks False Creek, making it possible to fit Science World and BC Place into your selfie. Or better yet, ask a cutie to take a picture of you and your friends. Tap and Barrel is a modern pub and its extensive craft beer and wine on tap list befittingly lures the men in.
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-685-2223
This modern sports bar has outfitted their patio with TVs so their patrons may enjoy the game, or UFC match, in the glorious heat. The Hub facilitates games with their customers during professional match-ups, this creates endless opportunity for friendly jeers or competitive banter with some handsome menfolk.
Address: 1165 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-696-0400
This patio is a seamless extension of their inside dining area, complete with booth seating and cloth napkins. Though this upscale-looking patio seems intimate, it’s common to happen upon a band of suave-looking suits taking over a booth.
Address: 1095 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-688-4990
This quintessential West End watering hole serves up Vancouver’s best (and ingenious) Caesars. Made traditionally Canadian-style with vodka and Clamato, then garnished with everything but the kitchen sink. Some Caesars are garnished with burgers, appies, even breakfast. The $60 Checkmate Caesar is a Caesar topped with whole roast chicken, a cheeseburger, a pulled pork slider, a mac and cheese hotdog, onion rings and chicken wings. And, oh yes, dessert: a brownie, topped with whipped cream. The patio is adorned with some communal table seating – perfect for sharing a Checkmate Caesar.
Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-632-1646
Get comfortable in casual dress and mix it up with cute hipsters, tattooed punk rockers and ruggedly handsome travellers. This historical dive bar in Gastown has an open patio layout and the cheapest pitcher in Vancouver, a winning combination for a love connection. Or beer goggles. Oh, well.
Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-688-9158
Joey on Burrard is ultra-urbane and draws in a stylish clientele. Come dressed to impress, order a crimson-coloured sangria and steep yourself in the sun’s warmth. At 5 p.m. this patio is crawling with corporate cuties, though the servers and bartenders provide a good amount of eye candy, too.
Address: 820 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-683-5639