13 of the Best Summer Patios For Every Occasion

Denver's top outdoor patios for drinking and dining in gardens, on rooftops and with beautiful mountain views
Devils Kitchen Outdoor Firepit

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Patio season is officially here! We’ve rounded up some of the best outdoor drinking and dining destinations in Denver and beyond. Whether your patio profile leads you to an mural-adorned art district alley or to a rooftop with sweeping mountain views, our list below has you covered.

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Rooftop Relaxation: The Red Barber

Perched exactly one mile high, The Red Barber offers an expansive patio and rooftop retreat complete with 360-degree views of the Rocky Mountains and the Mile High City’s skyline. Open daily, patrons can enjoy life-sized yard games on the picnic lawn, daily happy hour, from 4 – 6 p.m., savory bites, refreshing libations, and weekly activations such as Market Mondays, featuring local vendors that range from vintage clothing to local produce, Wellness Wednesdays with sunset rooftop yoga, and more.

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Sweeping Red Rocks Views: The Fort

All summer long, whether guests are headed to a show at the nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre or just enjoying a scenic dinner, they will enjoy The Fort’s covered, heated patio for sweeping views of Red Rocks country and the Colorado Foothills while savoring “New Foods of the Old West.”

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Wining & Dining in a RiNo Alley: Noble Riot

Located in one of RiNo’s street art-lined alleys, Noble Riot offers picnic table-style and high-top seating in its colorful alleyway. Here, guests can enjoy pours of wines with character and honesty – from bubbles and pét-nats, to orange wines, honest/low manipulation wines and everything in between – paired with the award-winning, gluten-free fried chicken, shareable small plates, burgers and more.

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People-Watching at Brunch: Snooze A.M. Eatery

Pancake flights, Benny duos and a.m. libations are just better when consumed outdoors. Get your fill of people watching at Snooze’s newest Denver location on First Avenue and Broadway in Baker on the roomy 56-seat patio. Or grab a front-row seat to the Union Station Farmers Market (Saturdays from June through September) on the umbrella-shaded patio at Snooze Union Station.

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Frolicking in a Rooftop Garden: The Ramble Hotel 

Fun, lively, and informal, The Garden at The Ramble Hotel is a gathering place for sunny afternoons and warm evenings. Operated by the Death & Co team, The Garden places an emphasis on casual presentation and sessionable serves, with colorful drinks that lean on refreshing flavor combinations. The Garden will open for the summer season on May 20, and will be open starting at 3 p.m. daily throughout the summer months.

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Front-Row Seats to LoDo Entertainment: The OG
With a front row seat to McGregor Square’s expansive outdoor screen and bustling plaza, The OG welcomes guests to settle into its spacious, wraparound outdoor patio this spring and summer. Diners enjoy crave-able bites and beverages, including all-day breakfast and brunch items as well as handcrafted cocktails and boozy shakes, and a selection of draft beers and wine. Popular items, such as the Fried Chicken Sandwich, the Pastrami Reuben and the Resting Spritz Face, are a delight for a warm, sunny day.

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Soaking Up the Sun: Kachina Cantina

Kachina Cantina, located in Denver’s Dairy Block, has revamped its patio for the summer season. Guests will enjoy colorful new furniture, umbrellas, and a mix of cocktail and traditional seating for a fun, vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. The space is the perfect place to enjoy the modern cantina’s twists on Mexican and Southwestern cuisine, and a thoughtful spirits and cocktail program. The full menu can be found here.

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Basking in Colorado’s Fresh Air: Postino WineCafé

A killer patio lined with signature yellow sun umbrellas is an integral part of every Postino location. From Highland’s Ranch’s plant-bedecked sunken patio that harkens to a ’70s-style conversation pit to Boulder’s sunny Pearl Street patio to LoHi’s elevated outdoor space that overlooks the Denver skyline, every location has its own unique outdoor space. Basking in Colorado’s fresh air with close company is extra enjoyable with a bruschetta board and $6 glasses of wine and pitchers of beer before 5 p.m. every day.

Highlands Ranch Patio

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Tacos Al Fresco: Dos Santos

Warm weather is here and there’s no better place to enjoy it than Denver’s Uptown neighborhood. Located on buzzing 17th Avenue, Dos Santos is a vibrant taco joint, and its patio is adorned with large tables, street facing bar-style seating, string lights and umbrellas. Guests will enjoy Dos Santos’ menu comprised of scratch-made margaritas, creative cocktails, and fresh, innovative tacos.

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Pretending You’re in Paris: Le Bilboquet

Le Bilboquet’s spacious, plant-lined covered patio offers a shaded respite for warm-weather, white-tablecloth dining in the heart of bustling Cherry Creek North. (The patio’s retractable windows also keep it warm and cozy even on cooler spring and fall evenings.) Enjoy French bistro classics such as Les Escargots de Bourgogne (snails with garlic-parsley butter) and Bouillabaisse along with crisp, cool glasses of Le Billboquet’s signature Rosé.

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Pizza on the Patio: White Pie

White Pie invites guests to enjoy its unique New Haven-style pizza and creative cocktails on the patio this summer. Under umbrellas and string lights, the pizzeria offers pizzas, pastas, salads and a creative offering of appetizers along with batch cocktails and White Pie’s famous Frosé, a perfect drink on a warm summer day.

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Playing While You Drink: Breckenridge Brewery Ale & Game House at Hilton Denver Inverness

The Breckenridge Brewery Ale & Game House at Hilton Denver Inverness is a lively indoor/outdoor restaurant and beer garden serving up American cuisine, local beers and creative cocktails. A local favorite, patrons can find traditional pub games including shuffleboard, darts, billiards, and more as well as fire pits for a perfect cozy evening with friends and family.

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Panoramic Mountain Views: Devil’s Kitchen (Grand Junction, Colo.)

Devil’s Kitchen, inspired by unique rock formations of the same name within the nearby Colorado National Monument, provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains from atop Hotel Maverick. Featuring a vibrant design to match its regionally inspired menu – replete with locally sourced ingredients – Devil’s Kitchen brings a whole new elevation to the Grand Junction dining scene. The rooftop restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows and an expansive patio, offering a fluid indoor/outdoor experience and sweeping views of the surrounding red rock landscape, as well as the Colorado Mesa University (CMU) campus below. This summer, the entire outdoor patio will feature new seating, as well as canopies.

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