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One of Vancouver’s best patios is back for you to enjoy the downtown views and contemporary B.C. dining

Located at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 1931 Gallery Bistro offers a new and unique dining experience complete with a redecorated patio and West Coast-inspired food and drink options.
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Photo: 1931 Gallery Bistro

As we reconnect with our city this summer, we have plenty of good reasons to dine outside. In particular, one establishment in the heart of downtown is excited to invite Vancouverites back to check out their new offerings on their redesigned outdoor setting.

Named in honour of the year of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s founding, 1931 Gallery Bistro provides a new and unique experience at the iconic historical building.

Open from 10 a.m. to late every day, 1931’s fresh and modern space is the place to enjoy a leisurely brunch hangout, a quick business lunch or a full dinner date. 

In addition to the grand and vibrant interior dining room, the exterior boasts a recently renovated 120-seat patio space with plenty of lush plants and an open space to unwind. Overlooking Robson Square, it’s a prime al fresco dining spot for people watching and appreciating the city beyond.


B.C. Oysters. Photo: 1931 Gallery Bistro

1931 serves brunch, lunch, dinner, desserts, and Happy Hour (from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) all week long, with special menu options for vegan and gluten-free guests, and seafood dishes which are 100% Oceanwise recommended.

Inspired by the cultural landscape of Vancouver and its peoples, 1931’s dinner menu, served from 5 p.m. daily, boasts of West Coast fusion dishes. Some favourites include freshly shucked B.C. oysters; coffee-braised beef short rib, Kampachi sashimi, and Fraser Valley duck breast.


Emily’s Aperol Spritz. Photo: 1931 Gallery Bistro

1931 is proud to pour local by serving B.C. beer and wine. In a first for their libation program, Howe Sound has partnered with 1931 to create custom branded beer on tap in honour of Emily Carr’s signature West Coast artwork, such as the “Big Raven” Lager and “Red Cedar” IPA. 

For those who prefer to sip on craft cocktails under the sun, 1931 also has a libations list inspired by iconic artists. Whether you're looking for a Margarita from Frida Kahlo,  Martini from Van Gogh or Sangria from Picasso - 1931 Bistro has all bases covered. 

Our favorite is the “Murakami Caesar” featuring a house made Wasabi vodka, Sriracha, Tamari, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Clamato, and garnished with a Togarashi spiced rim, smoked salmon, pickled ginger & edamame; it’s the perfect accompaniment to any brunch date!

All proceeds of 1931 go towards the Vancouver Art Gallery, so as you enjoy your time on the restaurant’s amazing patio this season, you are also supporting the arts during the times ahead.

For more info, visit 1931 Gallery Bistro’s website and follow on Facebook and Instagram.