Casual and relaxing, patios are our go-to destinations when the summer weather starts to roll in.
Get some fresh air and enjoy an al fresco meal at one of these top Vancouver open air dinging spots this summer.
Right on False Creek, this casual Irish pub’s sun-drenched patio offers gorgeous waterfront views and a laid-back vibe, complete with brews and pub grub.
Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
With close to 100 seats, sun umbrellas, and a bustling atmosphere, Chill Winston’s sprawling patio is the perfect place to relax, slow down, and enjoy a cold drink (or two). For those seeking some Vitamin D make sure you head to the restaurant during the day as the street-facing patio is an absolute sun trap.
Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
The patio at Dockside is hard to beat for its scope and views. Settle in and soak up the sunshine and enjoy the vista of Yaletown’s skyline and North Shore Mountains, all nestled alongside False Creek. Head over for brunch, a beer and a snack, or a seafood-centric dinner.
Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Lined by a beautiful blooming garden and a living green wall, Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio provides a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Robson Street below. Sun-drenched, the iconic space is a wonderfully peaceful spot to indulge on the restaurant’s signature seafood-focused dishes.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
You’d be forgiven for walking straight past this hidden Mount Pleasant gem. This unmarked bar (watch out for the red light which signals that the bar is either open or closed), is home to a welcoming backyard patio. With strung up lights and shady trees this hideaway patio is the perfect place to chill on a sunny afternoon.
Address: 1898 Main Street, Vancouver
With no tell-tale signs to remind you you’re in Vancouver (no mountain or ocean view), it’s easy to forget exactly where you are when you step foot onto this beautifully laid-out, hidden patio at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Reminiscent of outdoor spaces found in L.A., New York, and Miami, the newly-remodelled Reflections Lounge, surrounded by soaring buildings, is the ideal urban oasis. With its own private elevator to the fourth floor, it can be tough for some to find on their first visit, so simply ask the hotel staff to point you in the right direction.
Address: 801 West Georgia Street (4th floor), Vancouver
The Keg’s Yaletown rooftop patio is one of the most sought after open air spaces in the city. Overlooking the warehouses on Mainland Street, coupled with a solid drinks and food menu, The Keg’s comfortably furnished patio has undeniable appeal.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street
Ancora opened up in the former C Restaurant space in Yaletown in September 2015, so while its impressive False Creek-facing patio saw many a sunny day last year, it has yet to soak up the rays for a full, proper patio season. Enjoy terrific cocktails and unique Japanese-Peruvian fare with an upscale West Coast bent.
Address: 1600 Howe Street, Vancouver
A peaceful spot tucked away at the rear of the restaurant, Pronto’s patio is a fantastic space to retire to. Enjoy a taste of sunshine and fresh air on this warm-weather hidden gem, while digging into a plate of the eatery’s handmade gnocchi.
Address: 3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Enjoy a positively summery vibe on Tap & Barrel’s sizeble patio. Set right on False Creek patrons are encouraged to lap up the water views, while they dig into the casual eatery’s comforting fare and throw back one of the many craft beers on offer.
Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Residing along the sandy shores of English Bay, Cactus Club Cafe’s Beach Avenue locale has, inarguably, one of the best patios in the city. Offering spectacular ocean vistas, the waterfront setting is ideal for people watching, taking in the sunset, and sun seekers wanting a good dose of Vitamin D.
Address: 1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
There can be absolutely no denying that the patio attached to this upscale restaurant in Coal Harbour is pretty damn spectacular. Situated on the waters of Vancouver Harbour, LIFT Bar & Grill offers diners stunning costal views as well as a range of fresh seafood focused selections.
Address: 333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver
Apart from offering the most over-the-top Caesars (think everything but the kitchen sink atop a Caesar) this casual hangout on Davie Street is known for its laid back patio. Enjoy sunny times on their open air stretch of Davie street while digging into the pub’s comfort food.
Address: 1262 Davie Street, Vancouver
The Local Public Eatery is an obvious choice but we had to include it. The casual beachside sports bar has a hugely popular patio across the road from Kits beach. It’s always packed, so be prepared to wait for a spot, and those fish tacos will taste even better.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
The Galley, beachside at the Jericho Sailing Centre, is open till sunset every day. You’ll get a fantastic view of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park, the North Shore Mountains, Bowen Island, and the Strait of Georgia – with a beachside menu to match.
Address: 1300 Discovery Street, Vancouver