Nothing says summer like al fresco eating and drinking. Despite endless coastline and inimitable views, Vancouver has shockingly few patios due to strict restaurant and liquor licensing laws. We wish we had more but as September looms, we figured we’d better make the most of the options we do have. We encourage you to do the same and enjoy a drink and a nibble at any one of our top 5 favorite patios:
Surrounded by buildings but open to the sky, this contemporary outdoor lounge is located on the 4th floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Removed from the traffic and noise of Georgia St, it gives off a seductive, South Beach vibe. Try the Watermelon Smash or, for a real kick in the pants, a Mexican Pick Me Up – a heady blend of Patron Reposado, Patron XO Cafe, Cointreau, chilled espresso, and Xocolati. Open seasonally between April and October and then again over the Christmas holidays, it is well worth a visit.
Reflections at Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Address: 801 W. Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 673-7043
A stunning waterfront location, paired with Japanese design sensibilities, have made this the hottest patio in town. Signature Aburi (flame-seared) Sushi is served up all day and all night alongside majestic views of the North Shore and Canada Place.
Address: 70-200 Granville Street, Granville Square (Canada Place Way and Howe Street), Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 568-3900
The Keg Yaletown
Address: 1011 Mainland St., Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 633-2534
Cactus Club English Bay
Cactus Club transformed what was once a standard concession stand into a modern, airy restaurant and patio space. The view is unparalleled and the hot, beachside vibe demands a cool Bellini or Frosé accompany your truffle fries! Come early to avoid lineups. Happy hour is midday 11-1pm or late night, 10 pm to close.
Address: 1790 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 681-2582
For a more urban feel, check out Chambar. The red brick restaurant, in the shadow of Rogers Arena, offers up a vibrant cocktail scene. Happy Hour named “Interlude” runs Monday-Friday, 3-5 pm. making this the perfect place to grab an Interlude Old Fashioned before a concert or Canucks game or simply enjoy a succulent meal from award-winning chef, Nico Schuerman’s kitchen.
Address: 568 Beatty St., Vancouver, BC
Phone: (604) 879-7119