Rooftop bars Vancouver

Complete guide to the 6 best rooftop bars in Vancouver [2020 update]

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Last updated: April 21, 2020

When the Vancouver summer and sunshine arrives, it's time to enjoy tasty bites and refreshing drinks al fresco. The best option: head to a rooftop bar Vancouver, which also allows you to see the city from a new perspective. While not overflowing with sky-high rooftop destinations, there are some great Vancouver rooftop bars and patios, well worth a visit. To help you find them, this guide will lead you straight to the best venues, packed with all info you need about about each Vancouver rooftop: opening hours, dress code, pics, maps, booking links and much more. From waterside patios to downtown rooftop lounges, there is rooftop bar Vancouver for everyone. Just scroll down and find the Vancouver rooftop bar best suited for you.

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Area:Yaletown
Rooftop bar The Keg Steakhouse + Bar in Vancouver
1

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar

$$$ 1011 Mainland St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Year-round
  • Great ambience
  • Top steakhouse

The Keg Yaletown is one of Vancouvers’s top steakhouses, and also home to one of few year-round rooftop bars. Perched on the 3rd floor, the rooftop terrace is a great spot for sunny summer drinks, but heaters mean you can enjoy the lovely outdoor vibes and views no matter the season. Indulge in classic Keg steaks, but also a fine selection of seafood, signature and classic cocktails and a lengthy wine list.

Area:Downtown Vancouver
Rooftop bar Joe Fortes in Vancouver
2

Joe Fortes

$$$$ 777 Thurlow St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Rooftop garden
  • Relaxing & friendly
  • Seafood restaurant

Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House is one of the very best seafood restaurants in Vancouver, and also equipped with one of the city's most desirable rooftop gardens. The second floor rooftop terrace comes with a living green wall, cozy outdoor fireplace and bustling horseshoe bar. Relaxing and friendly atmosphere, you can visit for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, as well as the 4-6pm Joe Fortes happy hour.

Area:Coal Harbour
Rooftop bar LIFT Bar Grill View in Vancouver
3

LIFT Bar Grill View

$$$ 333 Menchion Mews
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • Fantastic views
  • Two-level terrace
  • Stylish yet relaxed

Set in the beautiful Coal Harbour, LIFT is a modern west coast marine bistro, equipped with a fantastic two-level terrace. Here you can enjoy fantastic views over the water and and the North Shore Mountains, as well as over the Vancouver skyline. Open daily for lunch and dinner, and on weekends for brunch, LIFT serves a varied menu, from seafood, sushi and prime steaks, to a carefully chosen wine and cocktail menu.

Area:Kitsilano
Rooftop bar Darby’s Public House in Vancouver
4

Darby’s Public House

$$$ 2001 Macdonald St
  • Highlights
  • 2nd floor
  • 30+ taps
  • Scenic views
  • Relaxing

Located in Kitsilano, Darby’s Public House is a local, independent and classic Vancouver venue, going strong for over 37 years. Fun and friendly in atmosphere, you can visit Darby’s year-round for 30+ taps of craft, import and domestic beers, locally sourced food, trivia, karaoke and live sports at the indoor pub. But the true gem is the seasonal rooftop terrace, offering a relaxing atmosphere and scenic views of the North Shore Mountains.

Area:Downtown Vancouver
Rooftop bar The Roof at Black & Blue in Vancouver
5

The Roof at Black & Blue

$$$$ 1032 Alberni St
  • Highlights
  • 3rd floor
  • Stylish
  • Josper Grill
  • Daily Cocktail Hour

Located on top of the premium Black & Blue steakhouse, The Roof is a stylish and luxurious venue, and also Vancouver's largest rooftop dining destination. Surrounded with fireplaces, the terrace is equipped with both dining tables and comfy lounge sofas. Here you can enjoy a menu filled with shareables, oysters and generous cuts of prime meats cooked in the Josper Grill. There is also a big selection of fine drinks, available at $6 during the daily Cocktail Hour.

Area:Downtown Vancouver
Rooftop bar Reflections: The Garden Terrace in Vancouver
6

Reflections: The Garden Terrace

$$$$ 801 West Georgia
  • Highlights
  • 4th floor
  • Garden-like setting
  • Popular
  • Courtyard

Reflections is an upscale urban rooftop oasis, set within the inner courtyard of the Rosewood Hotel Georgia's 4th floor in downtown Vancouver. With modern furniture and a garden-like setting, the terrace is a beautiful and highly popular space. In a ophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere you can enjoy light tapas-inspired dishes, as well as great and refreshing cocktails, from classic and signatures to a set of sparkling creations.

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Rooftop bar Vancouver

Rooftop-grade: 5/10
Prime season: May-Sep
Residents: 2.2 millions
Climate: marine west coast

Which is the best rooftop bar Vancouver? While this seaport city in western Canada is not booming with sky-high rooftop venues, there are still some great spots for elevated drinks, and this complete guide will help you find the best rooftop patios and terraces in Vancouver. While Vancouver winters are not as cold as many other parts of Canada, November through March still means quite a lot of rain and chilly temperatures, so the really good rooftop season is between May and September.

The typical Vancouver rooftop bar is set a couple of floors up, and while the views might not be panoramic, you can still enjoy soothing vistas over the mountains and the water. Apart from tasty and refreshing drinks, many of the Vancouver rooftops are connected to great seafood and steak restaurants, so there is usually a nice selection of food as well.

About Vancouver

Vancouver is the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada, located on the West Coast, close to the US border. Vancouver usually ranks high as a city for livability and quality of life, and it is also home to a vibrant nightlife scene, fillew with a wide range of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Thanks to the mild climate of and proximity to ocean, mountains, rivers and lakes, Vancouver is a popular destination for outdoor recreation. From cycling and water sports to skiing.