Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail, enjoyed on a sunlit rooftop patio. While Vancouver isn’t necessarily known for its rooftop spaces, the ones we do have certainly make up for it.
Take advantage of these elevated spaces with our guide to the best rooftop patios in the city.
Located on the top of Black+Blue on Alberni Street, The Roof’s patio has been designed with a sophisticated late night crowd in mind. Indeed, the space has been is decorated with ultra modern furnishings and open pit table fireplaces. Guests who are lucky enough to grab a seat on one of Vancouver’s largest rooftop patios, can enjoy a range of beverages and meals from the kitchen’s extensive menu.
Address: 1032 Alberni Street
Lined by a beautiful blooming garden and a living green wall, Joe Fortes’ rooftop patio is a wonderfully peaceful and sunny spot to enjoy the restaurant’s signature seafood-focused meals. With such a tranquil setting it’s easy to forget that the Joe Fortes patio sits above the hustle and bustle of Robson Street.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street
Recently opened on the corner of Granville and Smithe, The Rooftop Cantina, located above The Roadhouse Country Bar, offers one of the largest rooftop patios in the city. Not only that, it also charges some of the most reasonable prices for food and drinks (check out their happy hours deals). Kitschy in appearance with lawn furniture, astro-turf, strung up lights, and pallet benches and tables, The Rooftop Cantina boasts a fun and boisterous atmosphere.
UPDATE 06/15/16: The Rooftop Cantina is now closed.
Darby’s patio is a non-pretentious bar patio with an impressive line-up of B.C. craft beers and decent food specials. It doesn’t hurt that the patio is sun-drenched most of the day and you won’t be frowned upon for showing up in sandals and beach wear.
Address: 2001 Macdonald Street, Kitsilano
Over in North Van, Pier 7’s adjoining top floor patio may not be considered by some as a roof top space, as its technically not situated on the roof, but it does, however, boast some pretty phenomenal elevated views. Overlooking Vancouver Harbour, Pier 7’s top level patio offers diners expansive views of the water and downtown Vancouver, in addition to tempting plates of fresh fish and oysters.
With a sizable wooden deck, a variety of seating options, vege gardens, delicious cocktails, and superb views of Coal Harbour, the rooftop patio at the Vancouver Club is a haven of sorts, especially on a warm summers eve. To get onto this rooftop there is a big catch however, you must either be a member of the Vancouver Club or know a member to get in.
Address: 915 W Hastings Street, Coal Harbour
Located in South Granville, Joey Broadway’s partially covered rooftop patio is a fantastic spot to retreat to on a hot summers day. Sporting a range of lunch and dinner items, an array of enticing featured cocktails, and a cluster of tables and chairs, Joey Broadway’s outdoor area is comfortable, inviting, and a great place to linger.
Address: 1424 West Broadway, Fairview Slopes
The Keg’s Yaletown rooftop patio is one of the busiest in the city. Overlooking the warehouses on Mainland Street, coupled with a solid drinks and food menu, The Keg’s sunny patio has an undeniable draw.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street, Yaletown
Reflections Lounge at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia has a beautifully laid-out patio, where specialty cocktails and light edible fare can be enjoyed. While some may question Reflections legitimacy as a rooftop patio (it’s located on the hotel’s 4th story landing not the roof), it does lay claim to this title as there are no structures above it. Reminiscent of outdoor spaces found in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, Reflections Lounge, surrounded by soaring buildings, is the ideal urban oasis.
Address: 4th Floor, Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 Georgia Street
Laying outside the downtown core, in White Rock, The Boathouse is a casual, waterfront eatery. Dotted with tables, chairs, and sun umbrellas, The Boathouse is a nice, sunny spot to enjoy a glass of wine in the sun, while taking in the ocean views.
Address: 14935 Marine Drive, White Rock