Vancouver’s best rooftop patios

After a long, soggy Vancouver winter that drizzled its way right into spring, there’s nothing to perk up Vancouverites’ spirits like a sunny afternoon on a rooftop patio. A glimpse of the city’s killer views from any one of these perched hotspots makes all those rainy days seem like a distant memory. Grab a seat for your dose of vitamin D. [Photo credit: Glowbal Restaurant Group]


1032 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1A3

With plenty of outdoor fireplaces, colourful cube lights and zebra-print cushions, The Roof at Black+Blue is a popular patio destination, even after the sun goes down – no wonder it’s open nightly until 1 am. If you’d rather soak up some rays, make your trip up the private glass elevator during the afternoon cocktail hour for feature drinks starting at $5.

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House

777 Thurlow St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V5

Joe Fortes bills its rooftop space as a garden rather than a patio – and it’s easy to see why. The lush plants and living wall create a green oasis perched above the hustle and bustle of Robson Street. The rooftop bar is a prime place for a chilled glass from the award-winning wine list. Snag a coveted table to dive into some of Vancouver’s best seafood – don’t miss the house-made lobster oil.

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant

1535 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9

Nestled under the Granville Street Bridge on Granville Island, The Sandbar patio offers stunning views of the Burrard Bridge and False Creek. The menu features a wide selection of sustainably harvested Ocean Wise seafood, including an extensive daily fresh menu. The Sandbar’s sightlines truly show off Vancouver at its best – especially at sunset.


3106 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 2W2

Vikram Vij’s new namesake location on Cambie Street is topped with a charming rooftop patio. Covered with grape vines that will eventually grow to provide a canopy of shade, the patio is designed to feel more like a courtyard than an exposed rooftop – but with views only a rooftop can provide. Head on up to sip Tiki-style cocktails while you wait for your table downstairs, or make a full meal from the menu of rice bowls and other simple dishes available up top.

Reflections : The Garden Terrace

801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

Nestled among office buildings and hotels, this fourth-floor rooftop patio is smack-dab in the middle of downtown Vancouver – but you wouldn’t know it from the bright, beachy colours that welcome you to the space. Part of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Reflections offers a tapas-style menu and extensive cocktail list. It’s a hip place to see and be seen, so dust off your dressy sandals and settle in for a fine summer afternoon.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

1011 Mainland St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5P9

This classic Vancouver rooftop patio is fully convertible from open-air summer afternoons to covered and heated winter nights. With plenty of fireplaces and a great view of Yaletown’s glass towers, it’s a great place for an iconic Keg steak any time of year.

White Rock may be the Lower Mainland’s smallest city, but there’s plenty of great beer packed into the five square kilometres that make up this beachside community on Semiahmoo Bay. From local craft breweries to perfect patios, White Rock has an ideal suds-sipping spot for every taste.  [Photo courtesy of 3 Dogs Brewing]
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