As soon as the sun’s out (even a little bit), it’s officially time to hit a patio in Vancouver — especially since that’s our only restaurant dining option for now. 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.
*Note: most of the photos in this post were taken pre-Covid, but all establishments are following current BC CDC protocols.
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 stores on busy Robson Street. Even during the best of times, this is a popular patio, so call ahead to check if they have a seat for you.
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 their cocktail hour menu, offered from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm.
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. Fresh air and fresh seafood make it a fun place to enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular patios. During normal times, it’s close to Granville Island’s theatres and improv centre, making it a great option for a pre-or post-show dinner on the deck.
Homer Street Cafe & Bar
898 Homer Street (Yaletown / Downtown)
A great example of the temporary “parking spot” patios that sprung up around the city last year, Homer Street Cafe & Bar extended their regular outdoor dining space onto the roadside, complete with a cavalcade of greenery to spiff it up. Take a seat and enjoy their French brasserie menu, with a focus on rotisserie meats. And don’t forget brunch! Is there anything nicer than al fresco eggs?
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.
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Feature image of The Sandbar’s patio: The Sandbar’s website
Joe Fortes rooftop patio: Joe Fortes website
Ancora patio: Ancora’s website
The Sandbar’s patio: The Sandbar’s website
Homer Street Cafe’s patio: Homer Street’s Instagram account
Score on Davie: Score on Davie’s website