Vancouver is certainly known for its bridges, but the one we’re most enamoured of is Bridges restaurant and patio, found on Granville Island, overlooking fabulous False Creek, the city skyline, and the mountains of the north shore.
Now part of the Tap & Barrell chain (and since 2022 officially called Tap & Barrell Bridges), which has other venues around greater Vancouver, the iconic Bridges location is/has been instantly recognizable for its legendary yellow building for nearly 45 years.
With proximity to everything on Granville Island – a trendy district known its restaurants, theatres, art studios, festivals/events, and public market – and a magnet to visitors and locals for its unparalleled views, Bridges has indoor and outdoor seating, the former featuring a second-floor dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and elements of the original building, which dates to the 1920s, and a lower-level bistro and pub, with casually elegant atmosphere.
But with the city panorama and nearby impressive Burrard Bridge at hand, the outdoor patio (with matching yellow patio umbrellas) is our go-to spot, even when the weather is cooler, thanks to year-round heaters.
So, what better spot to sample some of the 32 BC craft beer taps or 16 BC wine offerings (or international bottle list, if one must)?
Fare ranges from burgers/sandwiches to pizza and fish and chips, and salads and seafood to steak.
There also free WiFi & TVs for sports and entertainment.
And did we mention the view?
Located at 696 Duranleau St., Granville Island, Bridges is open from 11 a.m. to midnight, Mon.-Thurs; to 1 a.m. Fridays; 10 a.m-1 a.m. Saturdays; and 10-midnight Sundays.
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