If you haven’t already heard the news, Denver might be becoming a bonafide outdoor dining location after its pivot during the pandemic. If you’re a big fan of outdoor eating, then you’re in for a real treat, especially since Denver has some of the loveliest patios in the state. With the prospect of permanent patio season and outdoor dining hot on everyone’s minds, we wanted to give you a quick list of some of the prettiest patios you’ll want to spend your Friday and Saturday nights on. Here’s 11 of our favorite Denver patios that are warm and cozy for your enjoyment.
Recess Beer Garden is your neighborhood bar serving up some of the best craft beer in the city from your favorite brewers. Their food consists of a lot of smoked meats between two slices of bread, a bun, or some other form of grain. From hoagies to brioche to pitas, get their daily smoked meats served in a variety of styles: greek gyros, cubanoed pork, or french-dipped brisket. Don’t forget about their Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday from 2-6pm, where you get $1 off all draft beers. Their patio is brightly lit and flourished with green plants so come hungry and stay for a while.
Where: 2715 17th St #103, Denver, CO 80211
Ace, Eat, Serve is an exciting, modern take on Asian food, serving up delicious favorites like wings, bao, and noodles. They hold a special party called their Patio Sessions, where you can chill on their beautifully designed patio and listen to live music on Saturdays, a DJ for Sunday brunch, and bao and slushy specials.
Where: 501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203
Chef Richard Sandoval is the man behind Tamayo, a Mexican restaurant blending together the flavors of his heritage in an exciting way, from a beautiful indoor and al fresco space. The spot is located in the lovely Larimer Square, a perfect outdoor eating oasis, where you can dine on plates like crab guacamole, adobo chicken, or chicken tinga enchiladas. They’ve also got $2 tacos every Tuesday!
Where: 1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202
4. Forest Room 5
Online, Forest Room 5 is a bit of an enigma, so we recommend just heading over and seeing it for yourself. The decor will make you feel like you’ve just stepped behind a log cabin Air BNB that you’ve been renting for the week. You’ll be able to sit on wooden stumps, chill out by the fire, and disappear into the forest for an evening with a plate of yummy bar snacks and a cozy beer.
Where: 2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80211
The Source Hotel is your one-spot stop for restaurants, shopping and staycations. The Market Hall offers a variety of food vendors from barbecue to breweries, pizza, Mexican food, and more. Pick your poison, and then bring your meal over to the patio which is beautifully decorated with string lights and quite massive.
Where: 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
A little further out but still highly worth it, there’s Golden Mill, a beautiful patio haven that’s been around since 1864. They’ve got delicious bar food like tacos and burgers, and there’s a tap wall where you can pour your own brew, cocktails, and wine. The patio has also got some of the best beautiful mountains views to enjoy from the patio seating.
Where: 1012 Ford St, Golden, CO 80401
Prost Brewing Co. has opened their newest location in Highlands, an expansive location with a beautiful indoor and outdoor seating area. We’d highly recommend grabbing a seat outside to enjoy the fresh air, mountains views, and crisp beer. They’ve recently launched their Winter Lager, a Golden Bock-style lager which is balanced and crisp, with hints of fruity notes.
Where: 53 Centennial Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Take a bite of Parisian cuisine at this quaint little French bistro. Set in the wonderful Larimer Square, Bistro Vendôme will sweep you away to Europe with one bite of their Crêpe au Champignons or their Steak Frites. They’re also a great option for brunch with dishes like Croque Monsieurs, quiches, and beignets to end on a sweet note.
Where: 1420 Larimer Street, Denver, CO 80202
9. The Woods
Take a trip to the Source Hotel and Market Hall and check out The Woods Rooftop, a perfect space to get some great sights of the city and eat some great food. Hit them up with a group of friends for shareable plates like grilled shishito peppers or cheesy poutine, and stick around for happy hour, where you can enjoy $5 craft and draft beers and $10 cocktails.
Where: 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
10. Joy Hill
Joy Hill is the perfect one-stop spot for wood-fire pizza, natural wines, and craft beer. Not to mention, their heated rooftop patio that makes sure you won’t be freezing during the colder months. They’ve got a daily happy hour from 4-6pm where you can buy Margherita Pizzas for $10, Garlic Bread for $7, Herbed Ricotta for $7. Plus, you get $1 off beer and cocktails and $2 off wine.
Where: 1229 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80210
“The next time you want to see Colorado come to Number Thirty Eight” is the tagline for this staple restaurant with an amazing outdoor patio. Number Thirty Eight didn’t open too long ago (Fall 2020) and has since become a social spot for people who enjoy access to local brewers, distillers, and winemakers, great bar food, and even live music. They’ve got a huge swath of lawn with tables and chairs so there’s a lot of space to relax with friends.
Where: 3560 Chestnut Pl, Denver, CO 80216
[featured image by thesourcedenver via instagram]