Best patios in Vancouver to check out this summer

Jul 30 2020, 2:30 pm

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 things. 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

 

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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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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, Bridges also has two patios, which means double the opportunity to soak up some sunshine.

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

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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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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 11:30 am to 9:30 pm daily except Tuesday.

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

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Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

 

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Gotham Steakhouse offers diners an urban garden oasis complete with a ton of lush greenery. Hidden to folks just passing by on Seymour Street, we can’t think of a better spot to enjoy a perfectly cooked steak or lobster cobb salad on a summer’s day.

Address: 615 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-605-8282

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Local – Gastown

 

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

We love 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 & Sons – Stamps Landing

 

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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 & Sons Stamps Landing location is definitely worth one of your summer afternoons.

We’re a sucker for the Stamps location, 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 bit of 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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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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These are undoubtedly some of the best permanent patios in Vancouver, but check out our running list of the nearly 300 temporary patios that have been approved across the city.

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