As soon as the sun’s out (even a little bit), it’s officially time to hit a patio in Vancouver. Luckily, there are plenty of sunny spaces within strolling distance of The Burrard — from downtown rooftop bars to beachfront restaurants and colourful beer gardens in Davie Village. Whether you want to just enjoy a quick drink outside or an al fresco dinner, here are five of our favourite patios within a hop, skip or jump of our hotel.
Score on Davie
1262 Davie Street (Davie Village / West End)
Get ready for (probably) the biggest plate of nachos that you’ve ever seen, plus plenty of people-watching opportunities on Score on Davie’s sociable patio. Get into the party spirit with a jug of sangria or one of their crazy Caesars: Canada’s national cocktail of clamato and vodka comes garnished with everything from a burger to a brownie to a roast chicken. Stay for late night bites after the sun goes down or head up Davie Street to check out the gay clubs and bars in “the Village.”
777 Thurlow Street (Downtown)
Longtime local favourite and Vancouver institution, Joe Fortes, has been a popular downtown destination for three decades. The menu is solid, but the real draw for the after-work crowd is the sunshine-filled hidden rooftop bar. Stop at this charming chophouse for a post-shopping treat after hitting the shops on busy Robson Street.
1600 Howe Street (West End)
Located downtown but right opposite Granville Island, upscale Ancora’s sunny spot includes an extensive patio that is the perfect place to enjoy some bubbles and Peruvian Japanese dishes. Dig into sustainable seafood in the light and bright dining room or get there early to bag a seat on the waterfront patio and take advantage of early happy hour menus.
1535 Johnston St (Granville Island)
Tucked under Granville Bridge, next to Granville Island Public Market, The Sandbar is in the ideal location for enjoying a glass of local B.C. wine while watching the boats and kayakers in False Creek. Live music and fresh seafood make it a fun place to enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular patios. It’s close to Granville’s theatres and improv centre so it’s also a great option for a pre or post show dinner on the deck.
English Bay Cactus Club
1790 Beach Avenue (West End)
Part of a Vancouver-based chain, the English Bay Cactus Club location has huge happy hour cocktails and boasts the best sunset spot in the city – come early to claim your table! It’s worth the wait for beachside beverages and share plates including giant salads and stacks of Ocean Wise sustainable seafood. Pass the time watching the beach goers, runners, and quirky characters that flock English Bay when the sun comes out. Check out the seasonal ‘concession’ stand next door for casual eats and take your food to one of the beach benches (aka logs) for an alternative al fresco experience.
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Feature image of The Sandbar’s patio: The Sandbar’s website
Score on Davie: Score on Davie’s website
Joe Fortes rooftop patio: Joe Fortes website
Ancora patio: Ancora’s website
The Sandbar’s patio: The Sandbar’s website
Cactus Club English Bay: Cactus Club’s website