The North Shore is rich with spots to catch the sunset over a round of beverages, you’re certain to stumble across a few no matter which direction you wander. But for those who like to plan ahead, these are a few of our favourite spots in North and West Vancouver to while away the summer days.
Head west along the shore towards Dundarave, and you’ll find a delightful spot to enjoy fresh oysters and watch the waves roll in. We adore Beach House for its delicious West Coast menu and wine list as much as for the stunning views off their waterside patio. A must-visit if you’re considering exploring the area’s beachside communities.
Head in the opposite direction, and of course, you’ll hit a community embedded in natural beauty, Deep Cove. Arms Reach Bistro is just a walk up from the beach, where you can watch boats, paddleboarders, and all manner of water sports as you enjoy a spiced margarita or a flight of rosé. The perfect pit stop after doing the Quarry Rock hike, or as a pre-game before indulging in one of BC’s best donuts.
The north shore is home to some truly fantastic craft breweries, so we felt it would be simply UNCOUTH not to include at least one. While each brew house in the area is well worth visiting (or embarking on a crawl for), we’re partial to this cozy spot with its little enclosed wooden patio. A great place for a date, the big front windows open onto the outdoor seating, creating a nice feeling of space, but also of an intimate bunker of sorts. Order a pint of “Beery the Hatchet” sour ale, and tell us we’re wrong!
The banner photo of this article says it all! With boats and yachts drifting past, this is the closest you can get to eating on the water. A short walk from Lonsdale Quay, this Shipyards favourite is a great place to end a day of sightseeing/hiking/shopping or whatever you got up to on the North Shore. Whether for brunch, a cocktail, or an order of steak and lobster, Pier 7’s West Coast menu pairs with just about any occasion.
Is this cheating? Yes, it’s more of a mountain top lookout than a patio per se, but this is our list, and nobody can tell us otherwise! What is undoubtedly one of the best views in the Lower Mainland, Altitudes (which is located atop Grouse Mountain), offers more than just a stunning panorama. A menu for everyone in the family, the selection provides both light and hearty options for whether you took the gondola up or the storied Grouse Grind. An ice-cold beer and a plate of the famous mountain nachos are precisely what you’ll need after an afternoon of exploring the world-class mountain attraction.
Beach House: Take the #255 bus westbound, and exit at Marine Dr. and 25th St.
Arms Reach Bistro: Take the R2 bus to Phibbs Exchange, transfer to the #212 Deep Cove bus, disembark at Gallant Ave.
North Point Brewing: You can walk there in about five minutes from Lonsdale Quay
Pier 7 Restaurant + Bar: Just outside Lonsdale Quay, not even a five-minute walk
Altitudes Bistro: Take the #236 Grouse Mountain bus all the way to the gondola!
By Mark Shelling
*All photos are courtesy to each specific restaurant unless otherwise noted.