Best patios on Commercial Drive to check out this season

May 18 2023, 11:00 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 neigbourhoods when it comes to kicking back on a patio and enjoying the sun.

Here are the best patios on Commercial Drive.


Chancho’s brand new location on The Drive is dreamy to say the least – especially because of its fantastic street-side patio. This is prime people-watching real estate, especially with a margarita in hand.

Address: 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


The Drive Canteen

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This cool snack shop and convenience store happens to have a sneaky, 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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Recently remodeled Havana still happens to have one of the best patios 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 Forno e Vino


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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, lunching, and aperitivo needs, plus it’s got a great happy hour deal with a top-notch Negroni.

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



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


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

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


The Lunch Lady


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This acclaimed 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


Mum’s the Word


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This chill spot has couches and retro vibes inside, but its side street patio is also covered and hella charming.

Address: 1301 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


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