Best patios in Vancouver you need to check out this season

Jun 19 2024, 9:10 am

What does it take to be seen as one of the best patios in Vancouver? Well, naturally, it depends and may differ based on your personal criteria.

Like most of our lists, we know you’ll all likely have a different opinion about which space should take one of the coveted top spots, and we respect that.

This particular roundup is based on a mix of several factors. Whether it’s a view, the amount of sunlight, the people watching, or the vibe, it has all been taken into account.

Vancouver’s bars and restaurants have some of the best open-air, outdoor patios in the world.

Here’s where you can find the best in the city.

Lift Bar & Grill

Located in scenic Coal Harbour, Lift has an elevated patio that’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already. The bi-level patio has ample seating, but if you can, head to the rooftop and enjoy the views and the city skyline.

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

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Joe Fortes

 

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Joe Fortes is an institution in the Vancouver food scene that brings a lot with it, including an unmatched rooftop garden patio barely visible from the street. This awesome spot comes with expert service and a relaxing paradise-like atmosphere.

Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-1940

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Tap & Barrel Bridges

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This is one of the largest patios in the Vancouver area with one of the best views. Not to mention, Tap & Barrel Bridges also has two patios, which means double the opportunity to soak up some sunshine.

A second-floor patio extension has also been installed, and that space boasts a retractable roof and winterized siding so it can be used year-round.

Address: 1696 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-4400

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Provence Marinaside

It’s extremely hard to leave Provence Marinaside’s patio once you’re sitting on it. Take it from us, many “quick drinks” have turned into hours-long sunshine sessions on this top-notch outdoor space in Yaletown.

Address: 1177 Marinaside Crescent, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-4144

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Cardero’s

 

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Coal Harbour’s Cardero’s Restaurant has an easy, breezy patio that awaits diners. Folks can head there for appetizers and drinks or stay for the whole meal deal.

Address: 1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-7666

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Lavantine Restaurant & Skybar

Lavantine Restaurant & Skybar

Lavantine has now come to life as an Arabesque-inspired restaurant offering seats for 99 people.

The space boasts both a sky bar and a restaurant. The open kitchen leads to the bar, which has views of downtown Vancouver’s skyline. From there, the space opens to the patio portion of the restaurant. A section of the space features a retractable roof, so patrons can enjoy the atmosphere year-round.

Address: AZUR Legacy Hotel — 833 West Pender Street, Vancouver

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Social YVR

 

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This Commercial Drive spot is one elevated outdoor space you don’t want to skip this summer. The vibes are always good up here and it’s one of the area’s most in-demand patios.

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

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Dockside

 

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Be sure to check out this popular False Creek fixture for brunch, lunch, dinner, or drinks when you get a chance. Dockside is open from 11 am to 9 pm.

Address: 1253 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-685-7070

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Local – Gastown

 

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This patio faces Alexander and Water Street and is perfect for groups to sit and hang out in Gastown on a sunny day. Hit this patio for their food and the extensive beer and cocktail list.

We are fond of this Gastown patio, but Local’s Kitsilano outpost also boasts a great outdoor space and it’s just steps away from the beach.

Address: 3 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 778-737-4277

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Mahony’s Tavern – False Creek

 

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This spot offers Irish pub fare, a great beer list, and, most importantly, an absolute sun trap of a patio. Whether you’re coming by bike, foot, or Aquabus, Mahony’s False Creek location is definitely worth one of your summer afternoons.

We’re a sucker for this outpost, but it’s worth mentioning its Convention Centre location’s patio ain’t so bad either.

Address: 601 Stamps Landing, Vancouver
Phone: 604-876-0234

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Tap & Barrel — Convention Centre

 

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There might be a wait for a table on this stellar patio, but you really can’t beat the location and vibe if you’re looking for a casual drink or bite with unparalleled views.

Tap & Barrel’s Olympic Village and Shipyards locations also have top-notch patios.

Address: 76-1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-235-9827

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Stanley Park Brewing Restaurant & Brewpub

When you’re done playing pitch & putt, lawn bowling, or tennis, hit this patio nestled in Stanley Park. The heritage building has two large covered outdoor patios and dog-friendly open-air spaces as well.

Address: 8901 Stanley Park Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-0460

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The Roof at Black + Blue

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Last year The Roof at Black + Blue reopened with a stunning garden-inspired makeover, and folks have been loving it ever since.

Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-637-0777

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Giardino Restaurant

 

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Umberto Menghi’s Giardino Restaurant is home to a beautiful hideaway, 80-seat garden patio. With the eatery’s red-tiled roof, stone exterior, and lush garden, diners will feel as though they’ve been transported to Tuscany.

Address: 1328 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-2422

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Parallel 49 Brewing Company

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The East Vancouver brewery and tasting room’s 100-seat beer garden was first unveiled a few years back and quickly became a super popular spot to head for a brew and some sunshine. In addition to being a total sun trap, this oasis is surrounded by Japanese maples, brewery tanks, hanging Edison lightbulbs, and even boasts a view of the mountains.

Address: 1950 Triumph Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-558-2739

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Parker Rooftop

 

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Parker Rooftop features 20-foot soaring ceilings and double-height windows along with adjoining striking patios, three of them, to be exact. This spot has a robust menu of eats and drinks and there’s truly something for everyone up for order here. It’s one of the coolest new patios we’ve seen pop up in a while, so be sure to check it out if you haven’t been just yet.

Address: Ninth Floor of The Parker Hotel Vancouver — 1379 Howe Street, Vancouver

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Cactus Club – English Bay

 

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Want to feel like you’re stepping out to Miami Beach? Just take a seat at Cactus Club English Bay. Beachfront, water views, and palm trees – what more could you ask for during patio season? Other than sangria, of course.

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

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Beach Ave Bar & Grill

 

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This is one of the best places on the Seawall to people-watch. Beach Ave Bar & Grill offers drinks, food, and even weekend brunch.

Address: #1 1012 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Phone: 604-676-2337

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Cactus Club – Convention Centre

Cactus Club Coal Harbour

Cactus Club Coal Harbour

This Coal Harbour Cactus Club offers a spectacular outdoor space to enjoy views and our favourite menu items from the brand. It’s also Drake’s favourite, in case you missed it. This is one of the quintessential local patios to hit during the warm months, whether you live here or you’re visiting.

Address: 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 604-620-7410

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1931 Gallery Bistro

We love this restaurant at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It offers top-notch dining service and grab-and-go options, but one look at this tucked-away patio, and you’ll definitely be tempted to stay and devour your eats.

Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver

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The Sandbar

The Sandbar’s patio is on the second floor of the restaurant, resulting in an absolutely breathtaking view of False Creek. The Sandbar serves seafood-forward dishes for dinner daily and for lunch and dinner on weekends.

Address: 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-9030

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H Tasting Lounge

 

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Tucked right next to Cardero Park, this patio is great for people-watching and soaking up the sun, but while you’re doing that, be sure to order some eats and beverages from H Tasting Lounge’s top-notch menu.

Address: 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver
Phone: 604-691-6962

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Batch on Plaza

 

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Simply put, we love the vibes at this spot. The atmosphere is easy-breezy, the drinks are cold, there’s always something delicious food-wise on offer, and it’s incredibly dog-friendly. On top of all of that, the people-watching is exceptional. Whether you’re biking the seawall or out for a solo jog, Batch is a tempting mid-point stop for many of us travelling the route.

Address: Plaza of Nations — 770 Pacific Boulevard, Vancouver

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The Vancouver Fish Company

The Vancouver Fish Company is serving up fresh, local fish that is battered using Granville Island Honey Lager. It’s also serving up awesome views and vibes from its Granville Island patio.

Address: 1517 Anderson Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-3474

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CRAFT Beer Market – English Bay

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English Bay has several stellar spots to chill out and soak up the sun, including park benches and beach logs. But if you want all the creature comforts we know and love from CRAFT, be sure to check out its English Bay patio. The elevated area offers the brand’s signature selection of cold sips and shareable bites, which make for one killer patio date.

Address: 1795 Beach Avenue, Vancouver

The Keg – Yaletown

 

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The Keg Yaletown boasts a killer patio that’s open year-round and even heated in the winter. During the summer months, you can hang out here and order all the Keg classics we know and love.

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

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