Patio season is here, and there are a few new spots to check out this year in Vancouver. So take a seat, grab a drink, and cheers to the long summer days still to come!
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
Not only did the old Subeez locale get a complete overhaul when the Social Corner took over the space, but the Yaletown eatery’s sidewalk patio also got a revamp. With a row of flower boxes and sun umbrellas, Social Corner’s patio encourages patrons to enjoy an al fresco meal, accompanied by a drink or two.
Address: 891 Homer Street
Say what you will about the Vegas-like vibe of the swanky downtown multi-level Glowbal, but this patio is a terrific place to be, any time of year. On chilly days you can warm up to their cozy in-wall fireplaces, and in summer enjoy the shade from the impressive overhang courtesy the award-winning architecture of the Telus Garden building.
Address: 590 West Georgia Street
A new addition to this year-old modern European restaurant, the patio at Bauhaus takes advantage of its prime Cordova Street corner location. If you aren’t up for the splurge of the full tasting menu experience, settle onto the patio for a more affordable drink and afternoon snack.
Address: 1 West Cordova Street
Slated to open in June, the rooftop deck at the new Vij’s on Cambie going to be a real game changer, not just for the restaurant itself, but for the neighbourhood. Head up to the top of this quirky Cambie Street restaurant and sip drinks and snacks surrounded by a sky-high “fence” of lights; this is in part what gave the new flagship its nickname, Vij’s Lantern. Make the patio your destination, or hang out there waiting for your table in the main dining room.
Address: 3106 Cambie Street
Ancora opened up in the former C restaurant space in Yaletown in September 2015, so while its impressive False Creek-facing patio saw many a sunny day last year, it has yet to soak up the rays for a full, proper patio season. Enjoy terrific cocktails and unique Japanese-Peruvian fare with an upscale West Coast bent.
Address: 1600 Howe Street
Gastown’s ‘ONO Raw Bar features a cozy, outward facing people-watching patio. Yes, the space is teeny tiny but is offers patrons a welcoming open air nook to enjoy a lingering drink, a happy hour bite, and the colourfulness of Gastown that surrounds.
Address: 221 Carrall Street
Projected to re-open late May, Musette Caffe’s new digs on Burrard Street (a short stroll from the original location) will boast a 40-seat, south-east facing patio, which means a ton of sun exposure. Once open, drop by for a coffee, a light bite, or something a little stronger. Thanks to a recently acquired liquor license, Musette Caffe will offer a simple beer (bottled) and wine menu.
Address: 1325 Burrard Street