Friday afternoon drinks on a patio - Vancouver
now it's Saturday - but a great question you asked above ...
does the westin bayshore have outdoor? not sure. haven't been in years - but would be handy if one is out with mixed age group (ie kids to seniors)
for easy budget - no alcohol - suitable for all ages incl four-leg friends (outside the restaurant jurisdiction, of course) the newish (isn't it?) starbucks on the east side of the westin bayshore is very quiet, no traffic, pretty views, easy to walk/bike location, close to stanley park - it's on the seawalk/bike ride path.
I just wanted to report that we just had a surprisingly excellent meal at Monk McQueens on Saturday evening. In the past I've been less than impressed by the food but we still go because of the wonderful view. However, on Saturday our food was wonderful and the service was impeccable (they asked if I wanted oil and vinegar instead of butter with the bread after I mentioned a dairy allergy; my husband dropped his napkin at one point without noticing and only realized when a new one appeared by his side, etc).
It's back on the list, especially as the sunny days grow more frequent.
A few others -
Right by Monk's is The Wicklow Pub - great patio!
Lift in Coal Harbour
The Reef on Main st. gets some good sun and people watching
The Galley Patio and Grill at Jericho - beach front patio
Or being dicreet - plastic cups and your choice of beverage at any beach
Great topic actually. I'll preface by stating that the view may trump the food. As long as the beer is cold, almost any patio with a view will work:
Jericho Sailing Club
Mahoney and Son's (Convention Center)
Market (view of the street below)
Romer's (the new one in South Van on the river)