We’ve already sleuthed around the city and discovered a handful of great patios to park yourself on post-work. But, Vancouver being the amazing city it is, we found a few more suggestions for you to test this summer.
Joey Bentall One
Always packed with a well-heeled crowd, this popular Joey’s location cozily sits among the buzz of Vancouver’s business district, offering the perfect spot to see and be seen. Featuring two distinctly different patios – one for their Wine Room, the other for the casual Long Bar side – both are equally chic. Plan your cubicle escape when 5 o’clock comes and be sure to check out their extensive selection of local and imported beers, crafted cocktails, and over 30 wines by the glass (courtesy of an Enotech machine). 507 Burrard St., Vancouver, 604-915-5639.
Lift Restaurant, Bar and Grill
Located in the heart of Coal Harbour, steps away from Stanley Park and over-looking the harbour activity and surrounding scenery, this is a favourite spot to unwind under the sun by Vancouverites. Featuring several Oceanside options, take your pick from the lower (smaller) deck for a casual cocktail or two, or request a seat on the rooftop deck and take in a killer view. If you’re lucky, nab a spot around the fire in their open-air lounge and tuck in for a few hours – you won’t want to leave. 333 Menchions Mews, Vancouver, 604-689-5438.
Altitudes Bistro at Grouse Mountain
lf you know Vancouver, you’ve likely heard of the Grouse Grind, or perhaps completed this post-work feat yourself. It’s basically Mother Nature’s answer to the ‘stair-master from hell’ and the only thing that fuels a lot of hikers is the rewarding view (and a cold one) at the Altitude Bistro’s patio on top. This patio, though a bit removed from the city’s downtown core – is a must-do. Take in the cityscape and forget your never-ending desktop ‘to do’ list by ordering an ice cold pitcher of brew and gorging on their piled-high nachos. A quick ride down the tram will have you home in minutes. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver, 604-980-9311.
The Galley Patio and Grill
This patio is seriously one of Vancouver’s hidden gems, located in the heart of Jericho beach atop the Jericho Sailing Centre. Known as a great casual spot to kick back and relax, leave your suit and fancy shoes at home: flip-flops and beachwear are the accepted dress code. Though the food isn’t fancy, it is generous and delicious and a tight list of bevvies is available to help wash it all down. 1300 Discovery St., Vancouver.
Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse
If it’s an upscale patio you’re seeking to peruse, look no further than this longtime Vancouver fixture. Joe Fortes is a true post-work cocktailing classic and home of the much buzzed-about Oyster Shucking Contest. Expect to do some serious people-watching and rub elbows with other like-minded young professionals, CEOs, bankers (and perhaps your boss!) Though there won’t be any specials on pitchers of Canadian here, the atmosphere and energy more than make up for it. We guarantee a good (often, entertaining) time will be had. 777 Thurlow St., Vancouver, 604-669-1940.
Image of Lift Restaurant, Bar and Grill’s rooftop patio.