13 awesome Gastown patios you need to visit this summer

Apr 24 2019, 9:42 pm

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This historical neighbourhood is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, bars, and ice cream parlours, meaning it’s always abuzz with lively locals and tourists alike searching for the best place to set up shop and enjoy food and drink in the open air.

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Whether you’re aiming to grab a cheeky beer or enjoy a feast in the sunshine, Gastown is in no shortage of choices when it comes to outdoor spaces.

Here are some must-try patios in Gastown.


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The back alley patio at Tacofino Gastown is a wonderful, sunny spot to enjoy this eatery’s popular Mexican-inspired fare. This 16-seat patio is super cool and casual. Built with a two-way entrance, you can enter from either West Cordova Street, where the restaurant’s walk-up window Burrito Bar lays claim, or up through Blood Alley Square.

Address: 15 Blood Alley Square, Vancouver
Phone: 604-899-7907

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This patio faces Alexander and Water Street and is perfect for large 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.

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




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Coquille offers a great selection of seafood which can be enjoyed on its patio, located at the front entrance of the restaurant. This is a prime people-watching patio as well, something always worth noting.

Address: 181 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-559-6009



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The Lamplighter Public House’s Water Street corner location and chill vibe puts its patio high up on our list during the day. You can head to this popular watering hole and hit the patio for casual bites or extensive cocktail and beer menu.

Address: 92 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-687-4424

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Six Acres

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Six Acres offers a great menu full of comforting gastropub classics and a drinks list that’s just asking to be enjoyed on its street-facing patio. This is a casual open-air spot to chill out with cocktails and beers in hand.

Address: 203 Carrall Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-488-0110

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Located near Maple Tree Square, the patio at Peckinpah is a perfect place to enjoy Carolina-style BBQ plates dished up on warm summer nights. A total sun trap, be sure to layer on the SPF on this one, guys.

Address: 2 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-681-5411

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Water St. Café

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Water St. Cafe offers diners a killer view from its slender wraparound patio. Located directly across the street from the Gastown Steam Clock, the patio is not only the ideal place to indulge in delectable Pacific North West cuisine but also a fantastic spot to do some serious people-watching.

Address: 300 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-2832

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The Charles Bar

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With a sun-drenched patio, The Charles Bar is the ideal spot to enjoy a sunny afternoon. The Charles Bar offers a great variety of staple food and beverage options.

Address: 136 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-8040

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Jules Bistro

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Small but might, this casual French bistro offers a quaint sidewalk patio. The patio’s petite size is also reminiscent of eating a coffee and pastry breakfast on the cobbled streets of Paris.

Address: 216 Abbott Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-669-0033

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Just on the edge of Gastown, this microbrewery offers its own house beers with a range of tasty pub grub, but it also boasts a sizable patio with a retractable awning.

Address: 375 Water Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-689-2739

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The Cambie

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A popular hangout for students and young travellers alike, thanks to the attached hostel, The Cambie Pub’s patio serves cheap beer, and an eclectic social scene on picnic tables on its front outdoor patio.

Address: 300 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-688-9158

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Rogue Kitchen

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Situated in Waterfront Station, Rogue is a convenient spot for SkyTrain and SeaBus users. Not only is its proximity to transport a huge plus but it also offers a welcoming wraparound patio.

Address: 601 West Cordova Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-678-8000

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Alibi Room


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Alibi Room on Alexander Street is the perfect spot for throwing back a cold one or enjoying a casual weekend brunch in the sun, we recommend the brunch burger if you’re aiming to go into full-on food coma mode.

Address: 157 Alexander Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-623-3383

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