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With the abundance of wet weather, can you blame Vancouverites for getting excited over a little sun? When the sky turns from gray to blue, look for these rooftop patios to be packed with alfresco diners.
Reflections Lounge in the soon-to-be-rated Rosewood Hotel Georgia is open for the most outdoor-friendly months of the year during spring, summer and early fall. A swishy outdoor bar located on the fourth floor of the hotel, the feeling is upscale lounge, the cocktails are refined and the menu of hot and cold bites (octopus and white bean salad, manchego cheese croquetas) are perfect for sharing — along with a bottle of dry white wine.
Joe Fortes, a classic steak, seafood and chop house, is always packed with locals and one of the few notable restaurants in the Robson Street shopping district area. Its lush rooftop patio is best described as eco-urban: white umbrellas, a green living wall, an outdoor fireplace and sleek potted plants set the perfect atmosphere for afternoon wine and oysters.
The Keg, a popular group of steakhouses in Western Canada, has gone where no restaurant has gone before — a rooftop patio in condo-dense Yaletown. The space has the feeling of a living room you never what to leave: plush couches, plenty of fireplaces and constant stream of young professionals winding down after work.