The temperature is slowly rising, which means it’s your personal duty to spend as much time outside as possible.
And by outside we mean on patios with the sun in our faces. Preferably with food and drinks.
Lots of drinks.
The “great outdoors” can take various forms. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to tempt you.
Here are 12 of the best patios in Vancouver we can’t wait to lounge on this summer…
1. Adesso Bistro
This unassuming neighbourhood gem is burrowed among the bustling residential avenues of the thriving West End, offering soul-warming home-style Italian dishes in an intimate setting that will make you feel like you’re at your Italian grandmother’s backyard.
Beyond the charming rustic floors stilted over the ocean and past the harbour are breathtaking views of Stanley Park and the North Shore coastline. The patio is lined with heaters, an optional roof and, if you’re really a curmudgeon, blankets to shield yourself from the refreshing ocean breeze.
3. Kingston Taphouse & Grill
Whether you find yourself cushioned between palms trees or a churning fountain, either way you’ll enjoy nourishing Irish-inspired cuisine and a long list of cocktails and beer.
The charming Bridges patio invites sunshine and embodies the elegant quirkiness of Granville Island. The fantastic array of food and drinks is a respectful nod to local Oceanwise seafood options. This spot yields the perfect sun-basking environment.
5. Joe Fortes
Year-round Joe Fortes is where anyone in Vancouver goes for unrivalled service, but with summer rolling around they also happen to offer a timeless patio that is a perfect setting for a lunch meeting or post-work drinks.
6. The Roof at Black + Blue
Take the elevator up through their sophisticated dining room and you’ll reach a casual and elegant roof complete with heaters for those breezier afternoons, as well as a retractable roof. Expect exquisite eats and an incredibly accommodating wait staff that will offer you a large variety of cocktails and wines.
Nestled in a precious nook of Coal Harbor lies the elegant stilts of Lift’s patio. You’ll enjoy world-class fare complementing the finest seafood the West Coast has to offer while basking in the Pacific Northwest sunlight.
8. Minami Restaurant
Some of the most precious items are not the largest, and that rings true with Minami’s patio — small, refined and elegant, Minami’s patio offers all of the elite trappings you’d expect from the Aburi Group, rendering an elegant open-aired Downtown experience.
9. Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company
This little getaway tucked away on artsy and historic Granville Island guarantees great views of the False Creek. Not only is this treasure of a patio enchanting, it’s also on the boardwalk and is ideal for people watching.
Located on the third floor of the Rosewood Hotel in Downtown’s core, you would never know that this luxe oasis lined with linen cabanas is sandwiched between two iconic Vancouver business towers — making it a perfect pit stop for young professionals to unwind and sip world-class cocktails.
11. Gallery Cafe
The incredibly elegant patio is set atop the historic Vancouver Art Gallery overlooking Robson Square and its convenient location provides an easy escape for YPs during the workweek.
12. Joey Broadway
On any occasion Joey’s restaurants are always a great pick for no fuss cocktails and a delicious fusion menu, but during the sunnier months Joey Broadway is an even more enticing pick because of its open rooftop patio and central Fairview location. And c’mon what’s more refreshing than their slushy twist on a Bellini?