Best patios in Vancouver 2013

Jul 15 2013, 7:38 am

After visiting every corner of Vancouver in search of the city’s best patios, from Granville Island to Coal Harbour, we bring you the final installment in our patio series. After some serious consideration, consultation and culling, we’ve realized this city has no shortage of great patios. Here, not ranked in any particular order, are the best patios in Vancouver.

The Roof at Black and Blue


The Roof at Black + Blue – The Golden Age of Steak, hosts a newly renovated patio, celebrated last month on Vancity Buzz. The Roof features an open kitchen and bar, specifically for guests dining on the patio – which is a first for Vancouver. Patio hours – Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a lovely weekend brunch. Happy hour specials from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and will feature half price appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Attire is smart casual, arrive early and enjoy the summer sun in comfortable seating while watching the state-of-the-art Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven by Wood Stone.The Roof at Black & Blue can accomodate up to 120 people. Limited reservations and walk-ins are also welcome. Enjoy their delicious pizzas, renowned steak selections or mouth-watering 20 layer chocolate espresso cake, while basking in the sun – atop The Roof .

Address: 1032 Alberni Street (third floor), Vancouver
Phone: 604-637-0777

The Keg Rooftop patio


The Keg Steakhouse & Bar’s rooftop patio is as close to heaven as you can get in Yaletown. The patio design concept is a restaurant on a roof complete with a kitchen, full bar and tables with booth seating. Enjoy a summer-inspired cocktail with a steak while watching seagulls fly past.

Address: 1011 Mainland Street
Phone: 604-633-2534



A local landmark, the brightly coloured Bridges Restaurant boasts one of Vancouver’s most recognizable patios. Canary yellow umbrellas, dockside seating and a laid back atmosphere make this restaurant a favourite among locals to eat and drink the day away in an unpretentious setting. From pizzas and Nova Scotia lobster to beer and martinis, the menu at Bridges offers something for every taste.

Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver (Granville Island)
Phone: 604-687-4400

Cactus Club on English Bay


The Cactus Club Cafe on English Bay patio is the perfect choice for excellent drinks and food while enjoying the view of the beach and and English Bay. Cactus Club offers a very diverse ocean-wise menu and signature cocktails and beers. It’s the perfect location to relax after a long day at the beach. Their globally inspired menu celebrates Vancouver’s local harvests and cultural diversity. A sinfully delicious dessert menu makes the The Cactus Club patio a must for any sweet tooth.

Address: 1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone Number: 604-681-2582

Chill Winston


Chill Winston has the ultimate patio in Gastown. The patio feels like it is bigger than the inside restaurant and is perfectly situated right across from Gassy Jack. This is the go-to patio for anyone trying to soak up some sun for lunch, dinner or pre-party.

Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-288-9575



The charms of Cuba’s capital surround you while pouring pitchers of ice-cold Tropical Sangria. Havana is a classic Drive patio, but it’s worth a visit inside to see the art gallery and theatre.

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



Lift restaurant has one of the most celebrated patios in the city boasting panoramic views of the marina and Stanley Park. Settle in, nosh on some grilled octopus and watch the sun make its grand exodus over the Harbour.

Address: 333 Menchions Mews
Phone: 604-689-5438

Local Public Eatery


Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first. Pretty much everyone knows The Local, and trying to nab a patio seat on a sunny day is next to impossible. The Local gets points for being the ‘go to’ in Kits but loses points for being so packed all the time!

Address: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-734-3589

Mahony & Sons


This Irish pub lives large as it is situated along Coal Harbour’s waterfront. Their patio flaunts beautiful views of cruise ships, the harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains. Also, great people watching space as there is lots of walk by traffic along Burrard Landing.

Address: 1055 Canada Place, Unit #36 (at Burrard Landing)
Phone: 604-647-7513

Tap and Barrel


Arguably one of the best views in the city can be found at Tap & Barrel, a relative newcomer to the Vancouver patio scene. Situated along the False Creek seawall, this two-storey watering hole serves familiar pub grub – burgers, pizzas, and a variety of shareable appetizers. Beer and wine connoisseurs can rejoice in the restaurant’s extensive selection of craft beer, as well as Canada’s largest selection of wine on tap. With outdoor seating for 280, Tap & Barrel is favourite spot among locals to spend a lazy Vancouver day.

Address: 1 Athletes Way, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-2223