The season for outdoor dining is upon us, however, it’s not all sunshine and butterflies throughout the summer months.
Offering shelter in gloomy weather, here is a list of Vancouver’s best covered patios, where summery cocktails and delicious bites can be savoured well into the evening, despite a light patter of rain.
A peaceful spot tucked away at the rear of the restaurant, Pronto’s covered patio is a fantastic space to retire to, especially when the weather has turned sour. Complete your visit to the Cambie Street eatery with a bowl of handmade gnocchi.
Address: 3473 Cambie Street, Vancouver
A new outdoor pop-up patio restaurant has recently opened Downtown. Hidden above the city, Roof Garten (located at the junction of Smithe and Granville Streets) offers patrons a unique dining and cocktail experience. Exclusively running for one summer only, the elevated space features beautiful lush green and wooden details, lounge seating, a scattering of tables and chairs, and a long wooden table centre piece.
Address: 670 Smithe Street, Vancouver
With an adjustable rooftop, The Roof at Black+Blue is the perfect spot for a post work drink, or a quick business lunch — regardless of the weather. The outdoor space has been decorated with ultra modern furnishings and open pit table fireplaces. Guests who are lucky enough to grab a seat on one of Vancouver’s largest rooftop patios, can enjoy a range of summery libations from the bar and appetizing plates from the kitchen’s menu selections.
Address: 1032 Alberni Street, Vancouver
Situated right under the Granville Street Bridge, The Sandbar is home to a comfortable, covered patio, which boasts striking views of False Creek and yonder. Whether it’s for a family brunch or a romantic dinner, Sandbar’s dining experience is top notch.
Address: 102 – 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver
Nestled among the trees in a residential neighbourhood on Haro Street, about a block and a half past Denman, Adesso Bistro offers patrons a secluded al fresco dining experience. Tucked out of the way, it’s no wonder that people are surprised when they stumble upon this little beauty. Flaunting beautiful hanging flowers, the bistro’s 50-seat covered patio is the perfect place to perch oneself on a summer evening, whilst tucking into an antipasti platter. Reservations for the patio are required.
Address: 1906 Haro Street, Vancouver
Phone: 604-568-9975 (Reservations required for patio seating)
The Keg’s Yaletown rooftop patio is one of the most sought after open air spaces in the city. Overlooking the warehouses on Mainland Street, coupled with a solid drinks and food menu and a covered area, The Keg’s comfortably furnished patio has undeniable appeal.
Address: 1011 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Located on a quiet stretch of East 6th Avenue (near Main Street) The Whip offers patrons well-deserved pints, comforting fare (with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike), and a cozy awning-covered sidewalk patio.
Address: 209 6th Avenue East, Vancouver
Brix & Mortar (the amalgamation of Brix and George restaurants) offers two floors of unique dining nooks. Enjoy an upscale nosh on the restaurant’s signature glass-covered courtyard space, or a drink on the renovated outdoor patio, which is illuminated by seven-tier glass chandeliers and protected by a big blue awning.
Address: 1138 Homer Street and 1137 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
The sheltered patio at Miku’s waterfront location offers unbeatable views of Canada Place. The restaurant’s name literally translates to “beautiful sky,” and the ownership has certainly done what they can to put that into play when designing the restaurant.
Address: 200 Granville Street, Vancouver
The Boathouse – Kitsilano
The Boathouse has a tradition of setting up its restaurant locations with stunning waterfront vistas, and this goes for its Kits location too. Patrons who frequent the Arbutus Street digs are rewarded with beautiful ocean views from the restaurant’s second floor covered patio.
Address: 1305 Arbutus Street, Vancouver
Located in South Granville, JOEY Broadway’s partially-covered rooftop patio is a fabulous spot to retreat to on a hot summers day. It is also a great place to hang when the cooler weather sets in, thanks in large part to the restaurant’s outdoor heaters. Boasting a range of lunch and dinner options, featured cocktails, and a cluster of tables and chairs, JOEY Broadway’s all-weather outdoor area is comfortable, inviting, and a top location to grab a lingering drink.
Address: 1424 West Broadway, Vancouver