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Feb 17, 2014 08:51 AM

Private outdoor patios

I'm looking for a venue that would allow a private party on their patio. There will be some cigar smoking (thus the need for a private outdoor patio)

A patio I had in mind was the old Crave spot on Main (now Tapas23). This size/type of patio would be ideal.

Thank you for any suggestions.

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  1. Very tough find-both the City and Worksafe BC say No Smoking because Staff need to be protected.

    If you do find somewhere don't post it here otherwise the antis will hunt you down (!)

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Good point - It is indeed a tough find :(

      If anyone has suggestions can you please shoot them to

      Thanks all!

    2. Blue Water Cafe has a private patio attached to their private room... but good luck with the smoking laws!

      I wonder if catering an event might be easier re: smoking? Perhaps Swallow Tail Tours/Secret Supper Club could coordinate something for you?

      1. The Law Courts Inn Restaurant has a BIG outside patio attached to the inside banquet space. My cousin had her wedding there in 2009 on a beautiful early Fall evening. The party inside had about 70 guests with 10 little people or so. There were maybe 2-3 smokers in the group and they walked outside to the patio to puff it out.


        My recollection of the food is a bit vague but it wasn't out-of-this-world (except maybe the price).

        1. are private clubs allowed to have smoking area? i am thinking a golf club - or one downtown perhaps? not the best food of all time - however, the cigar opportunity might be more important.

          this is an excellent question - being a reformed evangelical born-again non puffer - i have not thought about this topic in a long time

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          1. re: Georgia Strait

            Probably at golf clubs you can request for catering to get around their meh food aspect.

            Another one that comes to mind is Cecil Green Park House at UBC:


            1. re: LotusRapper

              yes, good idea about Cecil Green - or the club out there - who knows a prof these days ; )

              ... as a consumer I am glad there are smoke-free zones these days - I don't like the odor or the other aspects (see above, i am evangelical - been there done that)

              however, I think it's a great question - and a club atmosphere might resolve this situation for the oP - I am looking fwd to learning how they proceed with this.

              maybe, hire a private boat in the harbour downtown and cigar with that - the food we had on a wedding boat last summer was good decent enough - it was like most Milestones / earls / Keg / Hotel type places - predictable decent - Sunset Bay 2 (aka Sunset Bay II) is what we experienced.

              1. re: Georgia Strait

                I think chartering a boat is the best idea put forth yet ! :-D

          2. wondering how many your party will be, and whether or not you're considering catering-type venues

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            1. re: KarenDW

              Hi Karen - we are a smallish group - 20 or so.

              I would certainly consider a private venue but with a group this small not sure it would work.

              1. re: waylman

                That's a pretty small group for venue hire. But if any of your group are associated with a private club such as tennis, rowing or sailing, or professional clubs, there may be a club bar/patio which still permits smoking. Slim chances, though.

                1. re: KarenDW

                  VRC (Vanc. Rowing Club) might do for a group of 20. I arranged two staff retreats there. And you can go with your own catering: