Best patios on Commercial Drive to check out this season

Apr 20 2022, 7:00 pm

Vancouver’s Commercial Drive area, known affectionately to locals as The Drive, is a celebrated historic corridor in the city and continues to offer locals and visitors much to see and do.

When the weather warms up, several of The Drive’s top food and drink spots open up their patios so you can really soak up the local scene. Really, this is one of the city’s best ‘hoods when it comes to kicking back on a patio and enjoying the sun.

Here are the best patios on Commercial Drive.

The Drive Canteen

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This cool snack shop and convenience store just added a new hidden patio around back. You have to go through the store to get to it, though, where you’ll be tempted by its fully-loaded hot dogs, nacho platters, and house-brand peach soda.

Address: 1111 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

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Havana

 

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Havana’s patio is one of the top destinations for bites and beverages on Commercial Drive. It’s super sunny, great for people-watching, and a great place to sit down and enjoy a glass (or two) of Havana’s signature sangria.

Address: 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-253-9119

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LIVIA

 

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We love this East Vancouver eatery and bakery. Livia’s sunny and picture-perfect patio is ready for all your brunching and lunching needs, plus they’ve got a great happy hour deal with a top-notch negroni.

Address: 1339 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-423-3869

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Fets Whisky Kitchen

 

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Small but mighty, Fets’ patio is a prime place to catch some rays in this neighbourhood. Take your whisky-loving friend here and impress them with the largest whisky selection in Canada.

Address: 1230 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-255-7771

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Famoso

Pizza and sun just go together, so it’s a good thing Famoso has a killer patio where you can get both.

Address: 1380 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-2292

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Social YVR

 

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This spot, in the former Falconetti’s East Side Grill, has a great street-side and rooftop patio – a rarity in this city. They’ve also got a great happy hour, making them a primo spot for patio lounging.

Address: 1812 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-5565

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St. Augustine’s

Enjoy their vast selection of beer on the patio at St. Augustine’s, and soak up the sunshine while you’re at it.

Address: 2360 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-569-1911

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The Charlatan

 

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Another fantastic place to lounge, one look at the Charlatan’s beverage selection and heading here to relax on the patio is a no-brainer.

Address: 1447 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-253-2777

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Community Taps & Pizza

This pizza and beer joint is in the old BierCraft location, meaning it’s also got the same great patio location as its former tenant. The patio wraps around the side of the restaurant and faces Grandview Park, plus they’ve got a huge selection of local beers and some seriously fantastic pizza.

Address: 1191 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-4200

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Hanai

 

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This Hawaii-style restaurant is a newcomer to The Drive, and a welcome one at that. With a great sake list, tasty cocktails, Hawaiian food, and a killer side patio, this spot is bound to become a local favourite.

Address: 1590 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-251-6932

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The Lunch Lady

 

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This spot for Vietnamese street food has incredible cocktails, chill vibes, and a really great side patio.

Address: 1046 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-5938

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