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Denver’s Best Patios to Soak Up The Sun

Denver’s Best Patios to Soak Up The Sun

In the Mile High City, there's a patio to toast the joys of spring and summer that suits every palate

April 1, 2024 - By Rankin, Goulder, Kissinger

The start of a new season in Colorado offers excitement for a change in activities, scenery and temperature. With summer approaching, Coloradans look forward to sun-filled days, craft brews and time filled with friends. Whether for brunch, happy hour or dining, a patio offers an ideal setting to relax and savor the longer, warmer days. We are lucky to call Denver home, so we know a thing or two about a great patio spot. From lush gardens to roof-top views the below locations have it all to enjoy one (or many) of our 300+ days of sunshine a year in Colorado.

Here are 15 patio locations that will make you cheer:

Denver Colorado Patio DiningAbove: The view from the sundeck patio of BurnDown in Wash Park is nothing sort of magnificent. The cocktails are pretty great too. Photo credit: BurnDown Facebook

BurnDown: This gastropub, three-story venue with panoramic rooftop vistas of both the mountains and downtown Denver has quickly become the talk of the town. Combining elements of a restaurant and a music venue, this mostly open-air establishment boasts a courtyard, a sundeck, and three bars where patrons can indulge in their favorite beverages.
Wash Park West - 476 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 | M 4PM - 9PM, Closed Tuesday, W-TH 4PM - 11PM, F 4PM -1AM, Sa 10AM - 1AM & Su 10AM - 9PM 

Postino LoHi: Nestled within the historic Denver Bookbinding Company building, Postino LoHi boasts a distinctive indoor-outdoor setting, meticulously restored and adorned with vintage decor and vibrant pop-culture artwork. Paying homage to its roots, the space features a wall of books contributed by Postino guests, adding to its unique charm. Savor boutique wines, local craft beers, and a diverse menu offering over 30 wines by the glass. 
LoHi - 2715 17th St, Denver, CO 80211| M-TH 11AM-11 PM, F 11AM - 12AM, Sa 10AM-12AM & Su 10AM-10PM

Forget Me Not: Indulge in one of their exquisite cocktail creations while basking in the chic ambiance of the hotspot's stylish black-and-white patio—a well-deserved reward for your day's endeavors. Opt for one of the large-batch cocktails, generously garnished and perfect for sharing among friends. See why Cherry Creek is defined by exceptional dining, shopping & year-round events. 
Cherry Creek - 227 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206 | Open daily 3PM - 2AM

Best Patios for Happy Hour, Brunch, Dining - DenverAbove: The chic black and white patio at Forget Me Not perfectly pairs with their craft cocktails. Photo credit: Forget Me Not Facebook

The Woods: Perched atop the eighth floor of the Source Hotel offering a panoramic rooftop bar and restaurant, it offers unparalleled views of stunning sunsets, the city skyline, and the majestic Colorado peaks. This venue also features two cozy fireplaces, perfect for enjoying a cocktail or beer sourced from New Belgium Brewery, located on the hotel's lower level.
RiNo - 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216 | M-TH, Su 7AM - 10:45PM, F - Sa 7AM - 11:45 PM

Number Thirty Eight: From live local and national music acts to outdoor movie screenings, beach volleyball courts, a taproom, and a diverse array of culinary and beverage options, Number Thirty Eight caters to every desire. Spanning an impressive 18,000 square feet, its expansive patio features picnic tables, Adirondack chairs with cup holders, and dual bar rails, setting it apart as a must-visit outdoor destination.
RiNo - 3560 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216 | W - F 4PM - 11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM & Su 11AM-10PM

Tamayo: Nestled above Larimer Square, Tamayo by Chef Richard Sandoval (check out Toro, Chef Richard Sandoval’s restaurant in our neighborhood spotlight on Cherry Creek) boasts a second-story patio offering a premier spot for people-watching. The spacious terrace is adorned with couches, lounges, and wicker chairs, ensuring a comfortable experience while enjoying one of the bar's extensive selection of over 100 tequilas.
Larimer Square - 1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 | M-TH 11AM-9 PM, F 11AM - 10PM, Sa 10:30AM-10PM & Su 10:30AM-9PM

The Farm House at Brekenridge Brewery: A true escape from the city, where craft beer takes center stage, this expansive 12-acre campus nestled in Littleton. Boasting a colossal restaurant and bar as its focal point, lush open spaces, a charming wraparound porch offering scenic views and a delightful beer garden with shaded picnic tables and lawn games—a beer lover's paradise come to life.
Littleton - 2990 Brewery Ln, Littleton, CO 80120 | M-Sa 11AM- 10PM & Su 10AM - 8PM

54thirty Rooftop: Located on the 20th floor atop the Le Meridien hotel, Denver's loftiest open-air rooftop bar, 54thirty, offers unparalleled views. Named for its elevation at 5,430 feet, this hotspot is a favorite among locals and visitors alike. With abundant sunshine during the day, cozy fire pits for chilly evenings, and everlasting Instagram-worthy moments, it's always buzzing.
Downtown - 1475 California St, Denver, CO 80202 | M-TH 3PM-10PM, F 8AM-12AM, SA 11AM-12AM & Su 12PM-9PM

Improper City: At Improper City in RiNo, the standout feature of its expansive patio is its dog-friendly atmosphere, offering a delightful dose of puppy cuteness to accompany your beer. With a revolving selection of food trucks stationed at IC, both you and your furry friend will be spoiled for choice when it comes to satisfying your hunger. See our guide to dining, entertainment and living in the North Denver's River North Art District
RiNo - 3201 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205 | M-TH 8AM-11PM, F-Sa 12PM-11PM & Su 12PM-9PM

Best Patios for Happy Hour, Brunch, Dining - DenverAbove: The Whittier Cafe patio is the perfect location for coffee and conversation. Photo credit: Rankin, Goulder & Kissinger

Whittier Cafe: While you're likely familiar with the fantastic coffee and inviting patio at Whittier Cafe, you might be pleasantly surprised to discover their selection of African beers and wines. It's another wonderful spot where you can seamlessly transition from a productive coffee and work session to a relaxed beer or happy hour experience this summer. See all the reasons we love the Whittier neighborhood. 
Whittier - 1710 E 25th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 | M-TH 7AM-7PM, F-Su 7AM-8PM

Cherry Cricket: Duffy's Cherry Cricket boasts the finest burgers in town. Take a seat on their fantastic patio, and treat yourself to a Little Cricket with cheese, paired with an order of frings and a refreshing beer. Sit back and enjoy the vibrant scene of Cherry Creek.
Cherry Creek - 2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206 | Open Daily 11AM -2AM

Joyhill Denver: Eclectic, hip, and effortlessly chill, this spot pays homage to some of the finest wood-fired pizzas, cocktails, and natural and organic wines in the city. The rooftop oasis boasts an inviting atmosphere, adorned with strands of warm white lights and a slatted wood roof providing relief from the sun. Equipped with ceiling heaters for unpredictable weather, neon pink-lit flamingo yard art sets a tropical tone against the mesmerizing backdrop of Colorado's peaks. Read more on the timeless and highly coveted denver neighborhood that is Wash Park.
Wash Park West- 1229 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210 | M-TH 4PM-9PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-10PM & Su 11:30 AM-9PM

Denver Summer Patio Dining
Above: A true garden experience takes place in the natural beauty of Izakaya Den's rooftop terrace. Photo Credit: Izakaya Den Facebook 

Izakaya Den: Elevated above the lively scene of South Pearl Street, the rooftop terrace at Izakaya Den in Platt Park resembles a refined garden gathering. Discover an alfresco oasis adorned with verdant greenery, marble, stone, and wood elements. With a retractable roof offering shelter from unpredictable summer storms, this serene setting evokes the ambiance of a cozy conservatory. Indulge in a bowl of the irresistibly delicious lobster ramen paired with sake cocktails.
Wash Park - 1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 | T -TH 5PM-9 PM, F & Sa 4:30 PM - 9:30PM

The Wild: Transporting you far from the bustling energy of LoDo, The Wild offers a serene escape. Moreover, the delightful array of cocktails and wines adds to its allure, making it a delightful surprise.
Union Station - 1660 Wynkoop St Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202 |  M-TH 8AM-10PM, F-Sa 8AM-11:30PM & Su 10 AM-6PM

The Marigold: This unique plant shop/bar hybrid offers a second-floor deck with views of Welton Street, perfect for relaxing with your favorite beverage after browsing their selection of plants. Indulge in their specialty gin-based drinks, like the vibrant Mind Your Elderflowers, to fully embrace the floral theme of Marigold.
Five Points -  2721 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205 | M-F 4PM - 2AM Sa -Su 2PM - 2AM

Embracing the sunshine on a patio allows us to fully immerse ourselves in the season, fostering a sense of rejuvenation and relaxation. Patios offer a welcoming escape from indoor spaces (and screens), encouraging us to appreciate the simple pleasures of life and create lasting memories with friends and family.

So pick a patio, pull up a chair and cheers to the season of fun in the sun. 

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