When the weather turns nice in Colorado, we all face the same tough decision — which patio to sit on for the day?
Whether you’re looking for a spot to hang out with your dog or a new date-night option, we rounded up some of our favorite patios and rooftops along the Front Range.
Kisbee on the Roof, Cherry Creek
One of the newest additions to Cherry Creek is The Jacquard, a 201-room luxury hotel where you’ll find 180-degree views of the mountains and the city skyline from Kisbee on the Roof. This upscale cocktail bar on the ninth floor takes its name from Thomas Kisbee, a British naval officer who invented the lifesaver. Here you’ll find several house-canned and custom-labeled cocktails, like The Lieutenant, an aptly named drink made with Plantation 3 Stars rum, Lifesaver syrup, lime juice and soda. Yum!
222 Milwaukee St., Denver, 303-515-2000; Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m. to close, Sat.-Sun. 1 p.m. to close; thejacquard.com/rooftop
El Five, LoHi
El Five is a Mediterranean tapas bar brought to you by the group behind Root Down and Linger. The new hot rooftop in town that opened May 2017 features a tasty menu and amazing views of the skyline perched high up in the building behind Sushi Ronin.
2930 Umatilla St., fifth floor, 303-524-9193; Sun.-Thurs. 5-11:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; elfivedenver.com.
Los Chingones, RiNo
Any spot on the rooftop patio of this tapas-based Mexican joint offers an urban vista with few rivals. Try the brussels sprouts for a rare combo of health and flavor.
2463 Larimer St., 303-295-0686; Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; loschingonesmexican.com/
Avanti F&B, LoHi
Open walls and a spacious side patio make Avanti a lively place to mingle with happy guests. Complimentary valet parking gives you no excuse not to take the turn off Interstate 25 into this LoHi jewel.
3200 Pecos St., 720-269-4778; Sun.-Wed. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; avantifandb.com/
A Japanese highball and #thatviewthough (Tito’s vodka, chamomile tea syrup, lemon, Princess Yum Yum raspberry kolsch) are just a couple of the cheeky cocktails available at Denver’s highest rooftop bar, where the name stands for the altitude. Located 20 floors up at Le Méridien hotel, 54thirty is closed during the winter months but reopens each spring.
1475 California St., 303-893-1888; Mon.-Thurs. 3-11 p.m., Fri. 3 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 1 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 1-10 p.m.; 54thirty.com/
In the former Daily Camera building, this fourth-floor Spanish restaurant opens onto a rooftop with dining tables and lounge seating, all facing an uninterrupted view of the Flatirons. For the best experience, grab a fireside seat around sundown and wait for the gin and tonic cart to roll around.
1023 Walnut St. Boulder, 303-444-1333; Sun.-Thurs. 5:30-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10:30 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; corridaboulder.com/
The Woods, RiNo
The Source Hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant combines some rare but fun ingredients: views of the downtown skyline and the mountains, an exclusive lineup of beers brewed (and barrel-aged) in-house by New Belgium and an outdoor pool for lounging. There are also full food menus for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner.
3330 Brighton Blvd, 720-409-1600; Sun.-Wed. 6 a.m.-11:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 6 a.m.-12:30 a.m.; thesourcehotel.com/the-woods
The Fort, Morrison
Heading to a concert at Red Rocks? Dine on the patio at The Fort first. Here, you’ll get views of the Denver skyline while lounging on a cozy couch next to a firepit. The restaurant even offers a special Red Rocks concert dinner menu so that you can make it to the show on time. If you’re in the mood for something a little more exotic, try The Fort’s game plate, which comes with a buffalo sirloin medallion, elk chop and grilled teriyaki quail.
19192 CO-8, Morrison, 303-697-4771; Daily 4:30-8:30 p.m.; thefort.com
Izakaya Den, South Pearl
The chic lights that warm the modish outdoor patios at Izakaya Den make the popular Japanese gastro pub a surefire pick for dates. An extensive dinner menu brims with options: traditional Japanese, seafood, meats, salads, sushi and globally inspired plates from across the world. A guaranteed treat, if you can grab a seat.
1487A S. Pearl St., 303-777-0691; Lunch Sat. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dinner Tues.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.; izakayaden.net/
The Populist, RiNo
At The Populist, communal dining reigns supreme. Long, inclusive community tables and small New American dishes designed to be shared will let you and a significant other come together over food like you had cooked it yourself. Getting to know your fellow tablemates means you’ll have no need to worry about an awkward lull in conversation.
3163 Larimer St., 720-432-3163; Tues.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.; thepopulistdenver.com
Potager, Capitol Hill
One of the earliest farm-to-table adopters (“potager” means “kitchen garden” in French), Potager’s menu is filled with fresh and refreshing options that let the ingredients really shine through, like wood oven roasted asparagus and chive-potato gnocchi. As an added bonus, its patio is incredibly romantic.
1109 Ogden St., 303-832-5788; Tues.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m. (closed June 30-July 15); potagerrestaurant.com/
The Thin Man Tavern, East Colfax
There are no televisions in the Thin Man Tavern, where patrons are encouraged to put away distractions and engage earnestly with company. Red-purple mood lighting creates an ideal ambiance for a first date or a fledgling fling.
2015 E. 17th Ave., 303-320-7814; Daily 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Facebook.com/Thin-Man-Tavern-Denver
Bamboo Sushi, LoHi
For an intimate conversation and a relaxing, zen-like date, consider Bamboo Sushi. Pace yourself so that you can order Bamboo Sushi’s take on the classic s’more, made with spiced chocolate ice cream, peanut butter graham crackers and burnt marshmallow fluff.
2715 17th St., 303-284-6600; Daily 5-10 p.m.; bamboosushi.com/restaurant/2715-17th-st
Let Chef Caroline Glover, a two-time James Beard semifinalist, impress your date with scratch-to-table plates like grilled beef tongue and marrow toast, pork cheek disco fries and sunchoke gratin. Located inside the Stanley Marketplace.
2501 Dallas St., 720-710-9975; Dinner Tues.-Sat. 5-10 p.m., Brunch Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; annettescratchtotable.com
The Wolf’s Tailor, Sunnyside
The hard-to-label menu at The Wolf’s Tailor, which changes daily and draws inspiration from Italy and Asia, is a great conversation starter for those nervous first-date moments. Or, for a post-date nightcap, sit by the fire on the patio and order a snack to go with your Toki old fashioned, a drink made with Japanese whiskey, lemon and bitters.
4058 Tejon St., 720-456-6705; Wed.-Sun. 5:30-10:30 p.m.; thewolfstailor.com
Urban Farmer, Downtown
From three beehives on the roof to using the whole animal as part of its zero waste mission, Urban Farmer certainly lives up to its name. For the ultimate date night, walk next door to the Oxford Club for the “Bee My Honey” massage, which includes Urban Farmer’s honey.
1659 Wazee St., 303-262-6070; Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; urbanfarmerdenver.com
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Drinks, drinks, drinks
Wash down street foods from four continents with a 10-page drink menu or just hang out on the rooftop with drinks from the old hippy-dippy van beneath the old Olinger sign. Must be OK with former mortuary vibes.
2030 W. 30th Ave.; 303-993-3120; Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m., Lunch Tues.-Fri. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Brunch Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; lingerdenver.com/
Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers, Curtis Park
There’s plenty of room to spread out — and even play bocce — on Liberati’s large marble patio. This hybrid brewery/Italian restaurant is unique because its beers are made with up to 49% of the fermentables coming from grapes (they also offer wine, cocktails and spirits).
2403 Champa St., 303-862-5652; Mon.-Fri. 12-10p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; liberatidenver.com
American Bonded, RiNo
Named for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, which set the standard for American whiskey, American Bonded makes some seriously tasty whiskey drinks — but the cocktail menu doesn’t stop there. Beer, wine and other spirits are also perfectly drinkable on the rooftop patio.
2706 Larimer St., 303-942-1201; Mon.-Fri. 4 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 12 p.m.-2 a.m.; americanbonded.com
Cherry Creek Beer Garden, Cherry Creek
You can really relax and kick back when you grab a chair or a seat on the comfy couches at Cherry Creek Beer Garden, a tastefully decorated patio with a rustic-chic vibe. Don’t let the name fool you — they have cocktails here, too, and you can bring your dog.
240 Josephine St., 303-463-6699; Mon.-Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; cherrycreekbeergarden.com
Denver Beer Company, Platte Street
A pet-friendly patio makes this trendy microbrewery on Platte Street a perfect summer stop. Pour out some signature suds in the name of the Mile High City. The pale ales are award-winning.
1695 Platte St., 303-433-2739; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; denverbeerco.com/
Terminal Bar, Union Station, Downtown
Located inside the historic ticketing office at Union Station, the Terminal Bar now serves up tons of craft beer instead of train tickets (30 Colorado drafts, to be exact). Get your fill of people-watching on the patio. They also have cocktails, wine and bottled beer.
1701 Wynkoop St., Union Station, 720-460-3701; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-12 a.m.; terminalbardenver.com/
Ratio Beerworks, RiNo
Can’t find a seat on the patio? This artsy, industrial space also features large garage doors that open up when the weather’s nice. Take in the views of colorful murals and eclectic decor while sipping on Ratio’s French saison (Dear You) or the chocolate rye Scotch ale (Hold Steady).
2920 Larimer St., 303-997-8288; Sun.-Thurs. 12-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; ratiobeerworks.com
Odell Brewing, RiNo
You don’t have to drive to Fort Collins to get your Odell fix, since the brewery opened its two-story RiNo brewhouse and taproom in 2018. And what a taproom it is — there’s a rooftop deck and a street-level patio, complete with firepits and a hoppy mural.
2945 Larimer St., 720-795-7862; Sun.-Tues. 12-10 p.m., Wed.-Sat. 12 p.m.-12 a.m.; odellbrewing.com/taproom-denver
No beer? No problem.
Stem Ciders, RiNo
If you find a crisp, sweet cider more up your alley than a hoppy beer, Stem Ciders may be your kind of place. The patio sits beneath some fabric for a little shade and there is often a food truck to pair with your Crabby Neighbor.
2811 Walnut St., 720-443-3007: Mon.-Wed. 2-10 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., 12-11p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-10 p.m.; stemciders.com
The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, RiNo
If you like your wine in adorable, totally Instagram-worthy cans, this is your place. Wines include red, white, dry hopped sauvignon blanc, dry hopped pear cider and more. Don’t forget about that popular rose wine slushie on a hot, hot day.
3200 Larimer St., 303-736-8376, Mon. 4-8 p.m., Tues.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-10 p.m.; theinfinitemonkeytheorem.com
Ace Eat Serve, Uptown
Ace offers a number or indoor and outdoor ping pong tables that make for one competitive night of drinking. If you want to work up an appetite, you can enjoy Asian-American cuisine with options for seated dining, appetizers and buffets.
501 E. 17th St., 303-800-7705; Sun.-Thurs. 4-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 2 p.m.-1 a.m.; aceeatserve.com/
Improper City, RiNo
This place is massive, patio included. When you’re not chowing down on food truck fare or sipping on your choice of beer, cocktails or coffee drinks, there are plenty of games on this 12,000-square-foot patio. They even have a summer cornhole league.
3201 Walnut St., 720-666-0043; Mon.-Wed. 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; impropercity.com/
Forest Room 5, LoHi
At this nature-themed tapas bar, you can take a seat on a tree stump out back and enjoy drinks around a bonfire. A block west of I-25, Forest Room 5 feels like an authentic backyard.
2532 15th St., 303-433-7001; Tues.-Sun. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; forestroom5.com/
Gibby’s Big Backyard, Aurora
Who says the great outdoors can’t exist in the suburbs? Gibby’s big, big backyard has room for two full-sized sand volleyball courts. Inside, billiard tables and TVs create an ideal refuge for sports lovers outside the city limits.
1555 S. Havana St., Aurora, 303-755-5944; Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; gibbysbar.com/Home
Punch Bowl Social, Stapleton
Shuffleboard, cornhole, bocce, astro pool and mini-golf (starting June 20) are on the menu on the 14,000-square-foot patio at Punch Bowl Social (head indoors for bowling, arcade games and karaoke). While there, snack on burgers, tacos and tons of shareable appetizers.
3120 N. Unita St., 720-500-3788; Mon-Wed. 11a.m.-11 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-1 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-10p.m. (21+ after 10 p.m.). punchbowlsocial.com/location/stapleton
Illegal Pete’s, South Broadway
As the first Denver Illegal Pete’s, the South Broadway location is the place to enjoy your potato-filled burrito while people-watching on the giant outdoor patio. This location offers water misters to keep you cool, a patio bar and a bocce court. (Honorable mention, the Colfax location also offers a giant patio)
270 S. Broadway, 720-287-5233, Mon.-Wed. 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; illegalpetes.com/location/illegal-petes-denver-south-broadway/
Stem Ciders’ new cider house and restaurant is a bit of a hike from Denver (around 25 miles) but worth the drive for some spectacular 360-degree views of the Front Range, plus food and alcohol. Chef Daniel Asher made a menu of cider-infused foods from cashews to mussels and doughnuts. Plus, there’s ample space for little ones to run around as the sun dips behind the mountains.
1380 Horizon Ave., Lafayette, 720-443-3007; Mon.-Fri. 3-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 12-9 p.m.; acreageco.com/
Agave Taco Bar, Washington Park
Access is easy for families looking to share homemade tortillas on the front patio of this charming taco joint. Check the “niños” section of the menu for plates aimed at youngsters.
2217 E. Mississippi Ave., 303-425-6225; Mon.-Wed. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; agavetacobar.com/
The mini playground off the patio at Acova will keep little ones entertained while Mom and Dad sip on the aptly named Painkiller, a cocktail made with Montanya Platino rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and nutmeg. Plus, the kids menu is extra clever, with menu items like “What?” (mac and cheese), “Nothing” (grilled cheese) and “I’m not hungry” (cheeseburger and a side).
3651 Navajo St., 303-736-2718; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; acovarestaurant.com/
Kaos Pizzeria, Platt Park
Denver’s premier pizza tastes delizioso al fresco. The perfect setting for parents, couples and friends looking for easy Italian in an atmosphere suitable for the whole family.
1439 South Pearl St., 303-733-5267; Sun.-Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; kaospizzeria.com/
Odyssey Italian Restaurant, Capitol Hill
In an old Capitol Hill home from the early 20th century, this Italian eatery has flourished with longtime loyalists and newcomers alike. Patrons can wine and dine on the small front patio, which captures the authentic neighborhood charm near the heart of the city.
603 E. 6th Ave., 303-318-0102; Mon. 4-11p.m., Tues. 4-10 p.m. Weds.-Sat. 4-11 p.m., Sun. 4-10 p.m.; odyssey-italian-restaurant.com/index.html
The urban outdoors
Denver Milk Market, downtown
Can’t decide what to eat or drink? No problem. Take your pick of the 16 concepts created by Chef Frank Bonanno located inside Denver Milk Market, then grab a seat on the urban patio. Also be sure to wander through the entire Dairy Block, which has tons of art, shops, restaurants, bars and even a hotel (The Maven).
1800 Wazee St., 303-792-8242; Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; denvermilkmarket.com
Ultreia, Union Station, Downtown
You may just forget that you’re in Denver when you sit on the patio at Ultreia, the “gastroteka” with tapas inspired by Spain and Portugal. Since you’re in the heart of everything, you can enjoy the trio de jamon or the Portuguese mussels while observing to the hustle and bustle around you.
1701 Wynkoop St., 303-534-1970; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (9 a.m. during Union Station Farmers Market), Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; ultreiadenver.com
beast + bottle, Uptown
Fresh, responsibly sourced food will make you feel like you’re outside the city — even as you eat on the front patio. Rustic American, meet urban Denver.
719 E. 17th Ave., 303-623-3223; Brunch Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner Mon.-Sun., 5 p.m.-close; beastandbottle.com/
Tucked inside a little bungalow, Call has plenty of room for families on its big front patio. There are refreshing bites on the menu, like Malinda’s potato salad and a gourmet hot dog, and easy drinking spritzes, like the Call’s cup made with Pimm’s, grapefruit liquor, soda and lime.
2845 Larimer St., 303-954-0230; Sun.-Tues. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Wed.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-9.p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; call-denver.com
Surrounded by two buildings and a row of lush trees on Main Street, the rooftop patio at Samples feels like an urban oasis. You can feel good knowing that Samples hires people with disabilities and offers its employees benefits like health insurance and paid vacation thanks to an 18% hospitality charge instead of tips.
370 Main St., Longmont, 303-327-9318; Mon.-Thurs. 3-9 p.m., Fri. 3-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; sampleslongmont.com
Safta is the newest restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Alon Shaya. The restaurant, located in The Source Hotel & Marketplace, brings together flavors from Israel, Bulgaria, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Turkey, Palestine and Greece on a tree-lined patio.
3330 Brighton Blvd., 720-408-2444; Dinner Sun., Wed.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 -11 p.m., Brunch Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2;30 p.m., Lunch Wed.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; eatwithsafta.com
Bring your furry friend
With a dog-friendly patio, Postino is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your four-legged friend, especially during happy hour — $5 glasses of wine or pitchers of beer until 5 p.m. every day. There are also new “snacky things” on the menu for munching.
2715 17th St., 303-433-6363; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; postinowinecafe.com/
Watering Bowl, Washington Virginia Vale
Man’s best friend has a best-bet bar in Watering Bowl, where dogs are welcome. Use the special dog gate on the side of the building to enter straight to the patio.
5411 Leetsdale Drive, 303-591-9069; Daily 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; denverwateringbowl.com/
Dunbar Kitchen & Tap House, Curtis Park
Open in late 2014, Dunbar has become a neighborhood favorite in Curtis Park with a dog-friendly area on the back patio (stay behind “the puppy line”) and all-day Monday happy hours that make for a reliable place to kick off the week with your pup.
2844 Welton St., 720-630-7641; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; dunbarkitchenandtaphouse.com/
Brazen, West Highland
New American cuisine doesn’t have to be ostentatious. The cool, relaxed atmosphere on the patio at Brazen will calm even the most hyperactive dogs and please owners looking for a reliable bite to eat.
4450 W 38th Ave., 720-638-1242; Mon.-Fri. 4:30-10 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-10 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; brazendenver.com/
Racine’s has been a favorite breakfast spot of locals and politicos for years, though the extensive lunch and dinner menu has options for every eater. The famous nachos are a sure pick at any time of day. Dogs are welcome in certain parts of the patio.
650 Sherman St., 303-595-0418; Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; racinesrestaurant.com
For private events
The Buckhorn Exchange, Lincoln Park
Denver’s oldest restaurant has a private “Roofgarten” with a year-round patio — heated, enclosed and covered in winter and open-sided in summer. With a capacity for 60, the attractive rooftop space offers intimacy and comfort for events of various sizes.
1000 Osage St., 303-534-9505; Lunch Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner Sun.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-10 p.m.; buckhorn.com
Flagstaff House, Boulder
Boulder’s iconic Flagstaff House restaurant, which offers sweeping views of the city from above, has a summertime “Tastes on the Terrace” menu of bites and drinks on its patio. Choose from dishes like coconut crusted oysters and braised lamb sausage cassoulet. For private events, rooms and terraces can accommodate 12-200 people.
1138 Flagstaff Road, Boulder, 303-442-4640; Dinner Mon.-Thurs., 6-9 p.m., Fri. 5:30-9 p.m., Sat. 5-9:30 p.m., Sun. 5:30-9 p.m.; flagstaffhouse.com
Sarah Kuta, Graham Ambrose and Josie Sexton contributed to this report.