The warm weather is here, and everyone is looking for a place to dine and imbibe outside. Lucky for you, Vancouver USA has great outdoor patios for indulging in tasty food, thirst-quenching brews, and quality craft wines.
Here for the Views
Feel as if you are on a sailboat at the restaurants along the new waterfront development, situated in the shadows of the 75-foot mast protruding from the Grant Street Pier. Sip on Washington wine under umbrellas at Maryhill's tasting room, and try some fresh seafood on WildFin's patio or at their walk-up Daily Catch window. But don't forget the oldies-but-goodies on the other side of the Interstate Bridge—it’s hard to beat McMenamins on the Columbia and Beaches Restaurant & Bar for their riverfront patio views and delicious grub along the Columbia River Waterfront Renaissance Trail.
Feel a part of Vancouver’s history as you sip on a cocktail from the deck wrapping around the historic Grant House. The Eatery at the Grant House is located in the oldest home on Officers Row, and the veranda overlooks the bandstand at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. For a front row seat to the summer festivals at Esther Short Park, visit the expansive new patio at Grays Restaurant and belly up to the cedar bar for unbeatable park vistas.
Traveling with your trusty pup? Have no fear; dog-friendly patios dot the city for all to enjoy. Trap Door Brewing in Uptown Village invites dogs to hang out in its outdoor space next to a few food carts for snacks in the sun. Visiting four-legged friends even have their own Instagram! In downtown, Heathen Brewing Feral Public House is the undisputed patio king—boasting a 200-seat space, dozens of outdoor taps for beer and wine, massive nacho plates, and water bowls for the canine crew. Head north to 3Peaks Public House & Taproom for enough space for Fido to run around in the field, usually with small children in tow. Order seafood from neighboring PNW Best Fish Co. while enjoying a local brew. Go east to Grains of Wrath Brewery or The Hammond Kitchen & Craft Bar for more puppy-loving outdoor eateries.
There’s nothing quite like drinking a local beer at a picnic table in the sunshine. These pubs give you the homey backyard feel for ultimate relaxation. Doomsday Brewing Safe House added their own food truck to the mix with pizza and wings on the menu. The Thirsty Sasquatch is a cozy taproom and outdoor space with activities happening almost every day of the week (think Bingo, Timbers viewing parties, tap takeovers, and more). And Brothers Cascadia Brewing in Hazel Dell offers lower and upper level seating outside, with an array of food carts in its pod, including nationally-recognized Pizzeria La Sorrentina.
Wine and Dine
While almost every winery in the Clark County area has outdoor spaces to enjoy, you won’t want to miss these popular sunny day sipping spots. Rusty Grape Vineyard transports you to a little town in Italy with a light-strung courtyard and authentic tasting room. Choose from wood-fired pizza or backyard BBQ during a summer movie on the lawn. Relish a charcuterie board alongside a fine Cabernet Sauvignon on the floating dock at Bethany Vineyard & Winery. Head to the outskirts of town to find Moulton Falls Winery (and meet Jake the Great Pyrenees) or take a shorter journey to Cellar 55’s urban escape in downtown Vancouver.
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