Vancouverites have learned to accept winter in this city. Come the first sunny day in May though, and we’re quick to ditch the hand-held umbrellas in favour of tiki umbrellas. Vancouver residents flock to restaurant patios and beaches come warmer weather, and the West End is a top destination for patio season.
With the neighbourhood practically bursting with popular restaurants along Davie, Robson, and Denman Streets, it’s not difficult to see why. The options are almost overwhelming! The choice gets easier, depending on what you’re in the mood for. Here are our picks for The West End’s best patios if you’re looking to pop a squat and dine al fresco.
The Score on Davie is a bustling neighbourhood hangout with a large heated patio in the heart of the action. Situated right on Davie Street, it’s perfect for taking in the diversity of the neighbourhood. The Score serves Canadian pub fare, local wines and craft beer, and weekend brunch, but it’s known for its infamous – and epic – $60 Checkmate Caesars (must be shared by two diners). However, this popular restaurant has a lot more to offer than everyone’s favourite brunch cocktail. Whatever your dietary requirements, The Score on Davie offers plenty of omnivore, vegan, and vegetarian options. Just be sure to show up early to “score” a spot on the patio – this place is hopping!
If you prefer a bird’s eye view to being right in the action, Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House has a lush garden patio that may be for you. For 30 years, Joe Fortes has been a Vancouver institution, offering San Francisco-style seafood and grill menu options, and one of the best happy hours in the city. Located just off of bustling Robson Street, The Joe Fortes rooftop patio gives you some of the best views of Robson Street as well as many celeb clientele. It is one of the best patios in the city if you want to see and be seen.
Known as the original “gayborhood” pub in the Village, The Fountainhead Pub is a lively spot on Davie Street for both the gay community and straight residents alike. With a heated and covered patio, The Fountainhead Pub has got you “covered” rain or shine. Enjoy a game of pool, watch the neighbourhood walk by, and enjoy up to 16 beer taps, as well as comfort food and weekend brunch.
Situated where Denman meets Davie, Hook’s patio views can’t be beaten. Overlooking English Bay, Hook is a laid-back, stylish, airy seafood-focused restaurant serving craft beers & cocktails. Try the ahi tuna poke, salmon ceviche, tequila prawns, or fish tacos, and be sure to ask for the beach-influenced cocktail list. Hook is unpretentious beach dining at its finest.
The patio at Cactus Club English Bay is the closest you can (legally) get to bellinis on the beach in Vancouver. Located along the boardwalk of English Bay beach, Cactus Club has arguably one of the best patios in With a never-ending parade of sun, sand, and people walking the seawall, this patio is West Coast living at its best. Revel in the breathtaking ocean vistas, chill vibe, and sip something cold while you dine on casual comfort food with a modern twist.