With the sun shining it seems almost a crime to leave your dog at home when you’re out enjoying the fantastic weather. This year’s list of dog-friendly establishments not only welcome canine companions, they’re the perfect place to hydrate and refuel after a sunny stroll with your four-legged best friend.
An important note: Technically the City of Vancouver doesn’t actually allow dogs on patios where food is being served, over health concerns. But many establishments do provide a tie-up space just on the exterior, with many offering water, treats, shade and, for the good boys, a pat on the head.
It should go without saying, but only bring your pup to the patio if they are well behaved: We don’t want one bad egg ruining it for the rest of the patio-loving dog owners in this city.
Here are Vancouver’s best dog-friendly patios.
Just off the bike route set back in the brewery’s parking lot is this sunny patio where you can sip on signature beers and enjoy diner favourites. Owners can secure their dogs on a large section of patio just beside the tables. Umbrellas are set up to protect your pooch from the elements and canine guests are provided with “unlimited bowls of water.”
Address: 295 East 1st Avenue
Lots of regulars tie their dogs to the outside of the patio, and you can have your pup right at your feet. Servers know the regular dogs by name, some more than their owners’ names! Try: Local free-run chicken wings, Banga #1 cocktail with gin, lemongrass and fresh lime
Address: 219 Union Street
Just across the road from Kits Beach, this sunny patio has an adjacent “pooch pound” in the parking lot. You can tie your pooch up here, and they’ll have access to fresh water. Try their Fish tacos, fresh Palomas and $9.75 breakfast margaritas, served in a glass boot.
Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue
A repeat pick for best dog-friendly patio, this West End haunt allows pooches tied up outside their spacious streetside patio. If you’re feeling adventurous and thirsty, check out the special caesars decked out with free-range chicken wings and onion rings.
This eight-seater street-side patio is the perfect stop off during your weekend stroll with your pooch, and has a killer weekend brunch. Sip on their Talladega Nights Julep with moonshine, apple, lime, and mint.
This quaint street-level patio is the perfect stop while out perusing the shops on Main Street. Curb-side trees and parked cars offer Fido shade from the sun, and servers provide fresh water. Tie your pup up on the patio exterior through the wood slats. Brunch has new vegetarian options, and double caesars and coffee with Baileys for just $6.
Address: 2610 Main Street
The pub has a number of tables on the far west patio where guests can have dogs next to their tables. Water is provided and there are also umbrellas, so your pooch can enjoy the shade. Half price bottles of wine on Wednesdays.
Address: 601 Stamps Landing
With its bright yellow paint job, waterfront tables and house-made gelato, this iconic Vancouver restaurant on Granville Island has drawn humans and their four-legged friends for decades. Bridges allows dogs to be tied up on the outer edge of its patio and water is provided, and some pats on the head from passersby.
Address: 1696 Duranleau Street
Dogs are allowed to be tied on the exterior on the other side of the railing while the owners enjoy their meals at this stylish but casual French bistro. Jules offers water, dog treats and lots of shady spots for Fido to get out of the sun. 30% off wine for happy hour — perfect for patio sipping while hanging out with your furry best friends.
Address: 216 Abbott Street
Well-behaved dogs are welcome to be tied on the exterior of this sunny patio just across from the Vancouver library promenade. Drinks are cheap and cheerful here, and plentiful. With TWO happy hours featuring half price appies and $4 wine, you can’t go wrong.
Address: 783 Homer Street
Just off the False Creek seawall lies this semi-hidden gem that takes in stunning false creek views and is perfect for sundowner drinks. The west-facing upper level patio has an adjacent level for dogs that is shaded with an umbrella. You can keep an eye on your pooch while enjoying the water views, and eating Oceanwise certified seafood nibbles.
Address: 610 Stamps Landing
Enjoy wine on tap while enjoying this waterfront bistro on the False Creek seawall. Provence provides a place to leash dogs outside the railing while pet-lovers enjoy their meal, and there are multiple water dishes all along the patio for furry friends. Staff often know the names of the canine regulars that show up with their humans.
Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent
This is a bit of a bonus pick, since it won’t be open until early June, however the former Pirate Pub will re-appear soon as TAPShack, but will continue to boast a dog-friendly patio for its patrons with four-legged canine friends. Situated along the seawall under the Burrard Bridge, this is a great patio for relaxing in the sunshine.
Address: 1012 Beach Avenue