What’s better than a nice summer day spent on a patio enjoying some delicious food and bevys? We’d say, not much. But as much as we’ve always loved our great city, the biggest downside to patio season has only ever been the lack of spots. That was, until this year. ‘Cause lucky for us, Vancouver’s outdoor dining scene has been blessed with tons of new patios, bringing us to a count of over 400!

Recovered from your shock yet? Good, ‘cause the good news doesn’t stop there. In an effort to come together and support local restaurants after what’s been a very difficult year, and encourage people to check out the amazing dining spots around the city (both new and old!), 15 neighbourhoods have teamed up to bring us PATIO.

Photo via PATIO Vancouver

So, what’s it all about?

Well, in addition to just being an unreal celebration of 15 of our fave neighbourhoods encouraging us to soak up to sun (and grab a bite… and grab some drinks), PATIO is full of voting contests, weekly prizes, and perhaps the greatest gift of all – an interactive patio map.

If navigating 400+ patios sounds like it could be a slightly difficult task, your issue has been solved before it ever even happened. The map features over 400 patios and is equipped with a detailed toggling functionality. So, whether it’s last-minute plans that require an open patio asap, a dog-friendly spot (can’t leave our pups out), heated patios, or even just lookin’ to find a new go-to spot by your place… this is ‘the’ map you’ve always needed, Vancouver.

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Photo via PATIO Vancouver

Plus if you’re looking to make the most of your summer with a staycation and some killer deals, they’ve got it covered. Booking a stay at a downtown hotel will get you a $50 prepaid PATIO gift card to use at a participating restaurant. And, you’ll get another $20 credit against your bill. That’s a total of $70 to enjoy, team!

Ready to win some prizes and vote on some of the best patios our city has to offer? Check out their short survey to vote on your fave patios and you’ll automatically be entered to win weekly prizes. Plus, patio winners will be announced in July, which means you’ll get to refine your go-to’s to include all the top spots! Prizes vary from $100 to $500, with added questions on their Instagram stories at @patiovancouver to win yourself some merch from Phillips Brewing including a cooler and some merch!

Photo via PATIO Vancouver

Vancouver, we know you were already determined to make this summer one for the books. But with PATIO Vancouver on our side, we can guarantee that it’s going to be one for the books. Ready to start the patio crawl? Check ‘em out here for more details.

We’ll see you out there, folks!