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Tucked away on the eastern tip of Granville Island, there’s a jewel of a patio that is consistently voted as one of Vancouver’s best. Protected on three sides by a boutique hotel, the patio is totally set apart from the bustle of the island. The only occasional noise comes from the small vessels criss-crossing False Creek, with the Yaletown skyline and North Shore mountains as a backdrop.

Welcome to Dockside Restaurant and Brewing Company, in the Granville Island Hotel. It’s a rare feature for a hotel — a brewpub right in the middle of the building. Guests can peek in on brew master Peter Haupenthal’s fermenting tanks on the way to and from their rooms. Peter’s an effusive and friendly fellow, with an illustrious brewing pedigree. He got his start in his hometown of Merzig, Germany, and after apprenticeships in that country and neighbouring Switzerland, he obtained a master’s diploma in brewing and malting from the venerable VLB Berlin institute.

After that, his work took him to breweries in a variety of exotic locales, including Nigeria, Bolivia, the Marshall Islands and Belize. Most recently, he spent three years in Cambodia where he started up and ran Kingdom Breweries, the country’s first craft brewery.

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Fall in love with summer on Vancouver’s best patios

Fall in love with summer on Vancouver’s best patios

Fires burning in the middle of marble tables; luxury yachts in front of the Vancouver skyline: if you want to feel above your station in life, Dockside’s patio is the place to do it. Part of the Granville Island Hotel, which overlooks False Creek towards Science World, the restaurant offers light fare and fresh seafood to quell summertime hunger, and brews their own extensive selection of beer, too.

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Given its scenic waterfront locale, it’s no surprise that Dockside will be featuring spot prawns throughout the season. The award-winning open-air patio catches sunlight throughout the day (and offers cozy fireplaces for when the sun goes down), making it a dreamy spot to enjoy a bite to eat after exploring the many galleries and shops on Granville Island. Executive chef Victor Jacinto will be preparing daily spot prawn specials to showcase the versatility of these juicy jumbo shrimp. Check out Dockside’s Twitter account for updates on daily features.

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There’s nothing quite like being by the water, so we bet that special lady in your life would love a daytime date at this scenic spot on Granville Island. And if Dockside’s stunning waterfront view isn’t enough to lure you here, the all-you-can-eat buffet is sure to tempt your taste buds. The bountiful marketplace brunch ($74.95 per person) will feature more than 70 made-from-scratch food items, including omelettes, pastries, eggs Benny, charcuterie, seafood and more. Be sure to save room for dessert and take a dip at the milk chocolate fountain. Seatings are available at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.

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