Sitting in the sunshine on the steps at the Central Branch of the Vancouver Public Library or marching down to a Whitecaps game at BC Place you may not know that a few storeys above the intersection of Homer and Robson lies a hidden patio. Perched next to the pool at the Westin Grand, #PopUpPatio comes alive every Thursday and Friday with a live DJ, drink specials, and hot-off-the-grill menu items.
John and I were invited to #PopUpPatio last week — when the summer sun was indeed shining — to sample their cocktails and light menu designed by Executive Chef Matthew Richmond.
All food and beverage prices listed on the menu include taxes and gratuity. For $20 flat you can get a sleeve of Granville Island Lager and a share plate. Custom cocktails include refreshers like rosé sangria, blueberry mojito, elderflower wine, pina colada, a blood orange margarita, and more.
Our favourites were the quesdilla and the za’atar which had the largest portions and the most bang for your buck. The za’atar wasn’t out first choice off the menu but it was loaded with flavour and crisp ingredients. Drink wise, the sangria was tough to beat and perfect for a patio experience.
Considering the all-inclusive prices matched with the atmosphere and comfort of the outdoor lounge, it’s worth treating yourself at the end of the week. The #PopUpPatio is open every Thursday and Friday until September from 5:00pm to 9:00pm, weather-permitting.