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Drinking in public plazas

Six designated plazas will participate in this summer’s program, from June 15 to October 16, 2022.

Following a two-year pilot, the Drinking in Public Plazas Program was created to:

  • Provide no-cost, flexible socializing options for people enjoying Vancouver’s public spaces
  • Enable residents to responsibly enjoy an alcoholic drink outdoors, whether or not they have access to a backyard or other private outdoor space
  • Support local businesses’ recovery efforts

At designated plazas participating in the program, visitors can bring their own drinks, enjoy take-out from local businesses, socialize, people watch, have a picnic, and enjoy the urban outdoors during the summer and fall.

Public plazas where drinking is allowed

2022 plaza locations will operate from 11am to 9pm daily between June 15 and October 16, 2022, at:

  • Cambie St and 17th Ave
  • Granville St and 13th Ave
  • Granville St and 14th Ave
  • Maple St and 4th Ave 
  • Main St and 21st Ave
  • Lot 19 (855 W Hastings St)

Alcohol can also be consumed at select parks across the city.

Program timeline

  • June 2020

    Council directs staff to update the alcohol by-law to allow people to drink alcohol in designated public plazas as a temporary pilot project

  • July 2020

    Council approves the by-law change and 2020 public plaza locations

  • August 10 – October 12, 2020

    2020 pilot plazas open to the public

  • March 2021

    Council directs staff to consider reactivating the drinking in public plaza pilot

  • May 2021

    Council approves the by-law change and 2021 public plaza locations

  • May 31 - October 11, 2021

    2021 pilot plazas open to the public (opening dates vary)

  • October 2021 - December 2021

    Staff reviews and analyzes public and stakeholder feedback

  • March 2022

    Council approves the Alcohol Consumption in Public Plazas Policy, allowing a continued program at select plaza locations

  • June 2022

    Council approves the by-law change and 2022 public plaza locations

  • June 15 - October 16, 2022

    2022 designated plazas open to the public

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