Honestly, Vancouver’s rooftop scene is, for lack of a better word, lacking. We’ve got some of the best hotels in Canada, an incredible skyline, and arguably, the most picturesque setting you could ask for. So where are all the rooftop bars? Slap one on top of a highrise instead of a penthouse, and watch the money pour in.
While we wait for that to happen, here are the best rooftop bars and patios in Vancouver.
Sitting on the 4th floor of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, this spot is the closest you’ll get to feeling like you’re in Brooklyn. Reflections boasts a really solid cocktail list, some small bites, and an exclusive atmosphere. Make sure you’ve got your influencer outfit on for this one.
Hours: It’s so busy that your best bet is booking a table in advance
Where: 801 West Georgia Street
A Kitsilano staple, the main draw of Darby’s is their rooftop patio. We think this is the spot to go when you have time for a pint in the middle of the afternoon because we hate waiting but love patios. Darby’s has the best beer selection on our Vancouver rooftop patio list and they just finished renovations.
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11AM-1AM, Friday, 11AM-2AM, Saturday, 10AM-2AM and Sunday, 10AM-1AM
Where: 2001 MacDonald Street
With a patio bigger than the restaurant itself, Guu Garden is great for entertaining large parties. The izakaya menu helps out as well since practically every dish is meant to be shared. We recommend trying anything that sounds good, we’ve yet to be disappointed.
Hours: Lunch Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-3PM, Lunch Saturday/Sunday, 12PM-3: 30 PM, Dinner Sunday to Thursday, 5:30PM-12AM and Friday/Saturday, 5:30PM-12: 30 AM
Where: 888 Nelson Street
The quintessential spot for seafood in Vancouver also has a great rooftop patio. It’s the perfect place to kick your feet up after shopping on Robson or visiting the art gallery. All in all, it’s hard to deny that Forte’s has one of the best patios in Vancouver.
Hours: Daily, 11AM-11PM
Where: 777 Thurlow
Another Vancouver staple, and right down the street from Joe Fortes. Maybe your relatives are in town from the prairies, and they’re not super into eating a ton of seafood. No problem, just head for some high-quality steaks on a rooftop patio. Or, come for a $13 burger and beer power lunch on Fridays (til 2 PM).
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 11:30AM-11PM, Friday, 11:30AM-12AM, Saturday, 4:30PM-12AM and Sunday, 4:30PM-11PM
Where: 1032 Alberni Street
Located on Cambie street, the rooftop patio at Vij’s isn’t so much about the view. Instead, the draw is getting to eat the best Indian in Vancouver outside. However, we’ve got to say that the pink fencing does look pretty sweet.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 5:30PM-10PM and Friday/Saturday, 5:30PM-10: 30 PM
Where: 3106 Cambie Street
Located on a pier in Coal Harbour, Lift might just have the best views on this entire list. Pacific Northwest cuisine dominates the menu, and their happy hour features buck a shuck oysters. The best spot for your upcoming date with a person that just moved to the city and wants to chill by the water.
Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30AM-10PM and Saturday/Sunday, 11AM-10PM
Where: 333 Menchion Mews
And there’s our guide for the best rooftop patios in Vancouver! Now get out there and get a head start on what is sure to be a fantastic summer.