Summer in Vancouver involves two key things: (a) patios, and (b) drinking on said patios as you enjoy the sun before it disappears for another 8 months.
One of the best things about this city is the fact that you can feel like you’re on vacation without even leaving. And when it comes to the patio game, Vancouver plays it strong.
Whether it’s after work cocktails or a couple of beers with your friends, or the infamous “one drink” that somehow ends with you getting back home at 3 am, there’s a patio for it in here in the city.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Corona (they know a thing or two about living your best life outdoors in the sun) and rounded up the top nine patios in Vancouver that are absolutely worth visiting this summer.
So whether you’re stuck in an office or scrolling through your phone on the couch, remember: Humans want to be outside, and that’s twice as true when we’re enjoying drinks with friends.
If the party pub vibe is what you’re after then catching the sunset on the new Dublin Calling Rooftop needs to be at the top of your list. Located on the Granville strip, it’s open until 2 am or later every night of the week. You can get boozy, enjoy some tasty pub grub, or play some arcade games while you’re there.
Where: 670 Smithe Street
Formerly the Chill Winston, Local has a super central location on the crossroads at Alexander Street where you can grab a drink and catch up with friends on the patio. It’s somewhere you’ll always find a lively buzz with great beer and a menu of shareable eats. Take a seat, order a beer and watch the sunset in the heart of historic Gastown.
Where: 3 Alexander Street
You might know this Local as the original spot. It’s got the same cool atmosphere as the new Gastown location except with more of a beach vibe. Spend the day at Kits beach and walk just two minutes (literally) up to Local to enjoy a beer and some tasty pub fare in between tanning.
Where: 2210 Cornwall Avenue, Kitsilano
This rooftop bar is easily one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Located downtown in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, it’s a trendy spot that boasts contemporary decor in a chic garden setting. Visit to split a bucket of beers with friends, or swing by for your next date night for a romantic rendezvous.
Where: Rosewood Hotel Georgia, 801 West Georgia Street
Score Bar is another awesome venue with a top-notch patio. Open until 1 or 2 am every night of the week, it’s the perfect spot to hang out with friends and watch the sunset, then stay for a little longer. It’s also one of the best spots to go for brunch, in case you need an excuse to day drink. (Spoiler: You don’t need an excuse.)
Where: 262 Davie Street
When the sun is shining Vancouver’s False Creek looks even more breathtaking. Make the most of it and enjoy a front-row seat on the patio at Mahony & Sons Stamps Landing this summer. The Irish-themed pub offers hearty Irish grub, drinks, and of course craic (fun). Plus, it’s easily one of the best places to watch the sunset that’s close to downtown.
Where: 601 Stamps Landing
If you’re working downtown or spending the day shopping, Mahony & Sons Burrard Landing could be your new retreat for a cold one in the sun. While you’re there you can look out at the action on the water and crush on a wallpaper-worthy mountainous backdrop.
Where: 1055 Canada Place #36
Studying at UBC or spending the day at Wreck Beach? Either way, the Mahony & Sons patio located along University Boulevard is the best place to pop in for a cold beer. You can extend your stay to watch the sunset here, too. (FYI, it doesn’t look like it in the photo, but we can confirm the patio is outdoors.)
Where: 5990 University Boulevard
Centrally located downtown, Kingston Taphouse has what you need for a beer or two in an ambient community atmosphere. The neighbourhood bar opens until 12 am latest so if you’re planning on hitting the patio on a weeknight it works out in your favour.
Plus, the Kingston is now serving up Instagram-worthy brunch every weekend. Get down for 11:30 am or whenever you roll out of bed and take a lovely seat on the patio before you order a refreshing beer.
Where: 755 Richards Street
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