THE SUN IS OUT! THE SUN IS OUT! And that means we're all looking for room on a patio and nice, cold beverage.
Our ideal patio has ample sunshine, comfortable seating, decent food, friendly and attentive service, inexpensive beer, diverse beverage selection, perfectly situated heat lamps on chilly evenings, and enough room between tables and chairs to get by without sticking your butt in your neighbours' face.
Hey, we can dream can't we? Until there's such a perfect place, here are some of our choices in Metro Vancouver that come very close. Add your picks in the comments below.
See ya there!
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The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, Granville Island, Vancouver
Nothing can make you forget the months of rain faster than sharing mussels and beer on The Sandbar patio with sunny views of the water, downtown, mountains, and the occasional whale.
Chill Winston, Gastown, Vancouver
Best for people/hipster watching. Mediocre food.
Blue Canoe Waterfront, Steveston
Cited for its ambiance right on the waterfront, Blue Canoe is a relaxing place to watch the fishing boats come in and the tourists stroll by. The numbers work in its favour: seating for 110 people and 47 craft beers on the menu.
PIER 7 Restaurant + Bar, North Vancouver
Beautiful food with gorgeous views of downtown Vancouver (sunshine pending).
Dockside Restaurant, Granville Island, Vancouver
This patio features open pit fireplaces, heaters and sofas — and beer from the Dockside's in-house brewery. The restaurant's Oceanwise seafood offerings and live jazz brunch on Sundays are positively refined.
Flying Beaver Bar & Grill, Richmond
An awesome vantage point to take in float planes against backdrop of the Georgia Straight, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island. Standard pub food but microbrews are featured. Service can be hard to flag down when it's super busy. Bonus complimentary shuttle in the evenings to prevent drinking and driving.
The Keg, Yaletown, Vancouver
High above the cobblestones and one-way parking jam, The Keg's patio is a bit of a hidden gem in the competitive Yaletown scene. Maximum sunshine and a decent slab of meat.
Minami Restaurant, Yaletown, Vancouver
Minami offers stunning Japanese food in a definite patio oasis. Ample heat lamp coverage.
The Cambie Pub, Vancouver
Forget fancy heat lamps and slick seating. The Cambie is all about cheap beer, priceless atmosphere. It's a watering hole that's created many a memorable night (followed by equally memorable hangovers).
Gallery Cafe, Vancouver Art Gallery, Downtown Vancouver
A sweet spot for lunch just off Robson, the Gallery Cafe offers healthy and light quiches, sandwiches and salads. Fabulous afternoon sunshine exposure.
Brix Restaurant and Wine Bar, Yaletown, Vancouver
This romantic patio, set in a cobblestone courtyard, is the place to take someone you want to impress with both atmosphere and a lingering dinner, dessert, and after that, who knows?