Sun's out, it's 5 PM and you just got off work. What do you do? Go home? No way! It's summer and it's the best time to enjoy the city at it's finest. So call your friends, ask out that cute coworker, check for your latest Tinder matches. There's a whole city to explore in the palm of your hands.
And since there's this fantastic thing called daylight saving time, the sun isn't going down until wayyyyy past 10 PM (or just stay for happy hour, gotta get the homebodies in the house before 8:30 PM). So why not soak in the sun and get your vitamin D in the most relaxing way possible - on some rooftop terraces and patios.
Check out this list we made of the best second-story dining in Vancouver.
1. Black+Blue // 1032 Alberni Street
Although on the higher end of the food spectrum, their happy hour is one that MUST be taken advantage of.
2. The Keg Yaletown / 1011 Mainland Street
An oldie but a goodie, be sure to try out their watermelon mojitos (if you haven't already!).
3. Reflections // 801 Georgia Street
A beautiful open-air patio, where you can enjoy specialty cocktails and delicious appys. Reflections is a must for that luxurious dining feel.
4. Joe Fortes // 777 Thurlow Street
What's better than drinks on the rooftop patio of Joe Fortes? Mix in some brunch and you're pretty damn close.
5. The Boathouse Restaurant // 1795 Beach Ave
They have a strong staple wine list containing my BC brands, and their appys make for the perfect after-work snack.
6. Gotham // 615 Seymour St
Open air, surrounding greenery and plenty of sun create your own personal, garden dining experience.
7. Westin Vancouver // 433 Robson Street
A pop-up patio by the poolside with a live DJ, drinks on tap and bites from Hendricks Resto-Lounge? Definitely get in on this before it's too late.
8. Lift // 333 Menchions Mews
They feature reasonably priced cocktails (most around $5), but definitely head to Lift for Thirsty Thursdays (25% off cocktails).
9. Forage // 1300 Robson St
Casual, comfortable and affordable, their farm-to-table dining mixes perfectly with their picnic-styled decor.
10. Darby's // 2001 Macdonald St
With a cozy atmosphere and 24 beers on tap, it's the perfect place for an evening of craft beer and food.
11. Vij's // 3106 Cambie St
Their fence of lights and stringed lights across the patio create the ultimate outdoorsy feel to nurse drinks and watch the sunset.
12. Joey's Broadway // 1424 W Broadway
Comfortable and modern dining, Joey's is a staple for go-to restaurants and tasteful, yet affordable eats.
13. Pier 7 // 25 Wallace Mew
Boasting a solid happy hour and a fantastic seafood special, come hungry and leave more than happy (if not a little tipsy).