It’s the eternal burning question we ask ourselves, “Where should we eat for my birthday dinner?”
Whether you want something casual and cost-friendly, or lavish and private as-can-be, we’ve gathered a selection of spots that will surely provide you with the perfect venue to host the next big birthday occasion in your life.
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From hidden rooftop gardens to paper confetti cannons, make it a birthday to remember at one of these 18 restaurants and bars in Vancouver.
Black & Blue is a contemporary steakhouse that ages all of their steaks in a custom made salt room. With three floors of seating, including two private rooms, a semi-private space, and the largest covered rooftop patio in Vancouver, your birthday party is going to be lit if you celebrate here.
Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
This hidden gem in Chinatown is a total no-brainer when it comes to group celebrations and birthdays. Just enter the emerald green door, head up the stairs, and start sipping on quality cocktails. Be sure to check out which of its three spaces you’d like to book before the day of though.
Address: 555 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Glowbal Group’s flagship namesake restaurant Glowbal was designed for parties. It features three stunning private rooms, the Golden Room being the largest with a capacity for 60 diners. Of course, the smaller rooms are just as fun, such as the Marilyn Room that comfortably fits 15 guests and features its own lounge and tufted leather walls.
Address: 590 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Sitting at the corner of Thurlow and Robson Street, Joe Fortes is hard to miss with its brick facade and retro yellow cab parked out front. The beloved seafood restaurant has one of the biggest oyster bars in Vancouver, as well as a private mahogany-lined wine room. If you make your way up the staircase to the mezzanine, you will find their breathtaking rooftop garden, which has its own bar and cozy fireplace.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver
The Craft Beer Market’s iconic red building is massive and their selection of draft beer is equally impressive (and happens to be the largest in Canada). The space itself boasts gorgeous exposed trusses and beams, ample seating, and probably the biggest bar you will ever see.
Address: 85 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
It is always a party at Chewies Steam & Oyster Bar, so you can be certain it will be a memorable birthday if you choose to celebrate here. The Coal Harbour location has plenty of space for large groups and can even be bought-out for a night of oysters and drinks.
Address: #110, 1055 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Address: 2201 West 1st Avenue, Vancouver
On the third floor of the opulent Shangri-La Hotel you will find the luxurious Market by Jean-Georges and an award-winning menu. The stunning space has several private rooms, but it is their private patio that is the most sought after. It is perfect for spring and summer birthday meals.
Address: 1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Homer St. Cafe and Bar is steeped in history and underwent a complete restoration in an effort to preserve its original windows and central staircase. Hidden behind the bar is the “cockpit,” a private space for 12. The wall is lined with paintings of roosters, a not so subtle nod at their succulent rotisserie chicken.
Address: 898 Homer Street, Vancouver
This Yaletown hot-spot has ample seating, including their large red booths for bigger squads. Go out for a night of fun at this club style restaurant and indulge in their handcrafted thin crust pizzas and fun fruity cocktails from their ever-changing drinks menu.
Address: 1011 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Located inside the Settlement Building is the rustic yet chic Belgard Kitchen. Its grand over-sized wooden doors open into a space with open high-ceilings and is divided by a wall of oak barrels. Belgard also happens to have a semi-private balcony (accommodates 30 guests) that overlooks the bar and kitchen.
Address: 55 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver
Many diners at L’Abbatoir are surprised to hear that the kitchen is located in an adjacent building across the red-bricked courtyard. That location also houses a massive private event space for 100 diners. If its a smaller, more intimate birthday dinner you’re after, request The Atrium as it is a breathtaking glass-enclosed space overlooking Gaoler’s Mews.
Address: 217 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Just like its Belgium-inspired menu, Chambar restaurants interior is impeccable. The inviting space features original exposed brick, warm wood accents, ornate blown-glass light fixtures, and comfortable tufted brown banquettes. Purveyors are often surprised to learn that underneath the already spacious dining room is a private space for 80 guests, perfect for a big birthday extravaganza.
Address: 568 Beatty Street, Vancouver
Yaletown Brewing takes birthdays seriously, so much so that they always have a confetti cannon on standby to shower birthday guests in a rainbow of paper specs. If it was not obvious already, YBC wants everyone’s time to be a blast, so you will find keg light fixtures, pool tables, a massive bar, and the biggest patio space in all of Yaletown.
Address: 1111 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Hidden amongst the hipster stores on 4th is a restaurant that embodies Canadiana. With its live edge wood tables, cedar plank walls, and moose antlers above the real wood-burning fireplace mantle, Oakwood Canadian Bistro always a good time.
Address: 2741 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver
Resurrection Spirits (for drinks)
If you are wanting to do something a little different for your birthday, give Resurrection Spirits distillery a visit for a refreshing cocktail made with their own organic rye gin and whiskey. The space features a 19-foot charred reclaimed wood bar and a complete view of their distilling equipment at the back through a glass wall.
Address: 1672 Franklin Street, Vancouver
When it comes to food and service, Cactus Club Cafe is hard to beat, so it comes as no surprise that it is a popular place among Vancouverites. There are seven locations across the city, all with their own unique offerings. Our favourite has to be Coal Harbour, as it overlooks the float planes and gives an unobstructed view of the sunset.
Address: Coal Harbour 1085 Canada Place, Vancouver
Address: 1790 Beach Avenue, Vancouver
Address: 1136 Robson Street, Vancouver
Address: 357 Davie Street, Vancouver
Address: 1530 West Broadway, Vancouver
Address: Bentall 5 588 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Address: 575 West Broadway, Vancouver
Celebrate your birthday with the best Aburi-style sushi in Vancouver at the sophisticated Miku Waterfront. The dining space overlooks the Burrard Inlet and features a large hand-painted mural of ornate fish swimming from the body of water towards the full-service sushi bar, as a symbol for the freshness of the local seafood used in each roll.
Address: 70-200 Granville Street, Vancouver
Everyone needs to experience Pourhouse once in their life, so why not spoil yourself with their meticulously crafted cocktails on your birthday. The fancifully charming, yet inviting, space in Gastown was built with true passion because every piece of the interior tells a story, like the handmade 38-foot bar from reclaimed Douglas Fir wood.
Address: 162 Water Street, Vancouver