The perfect list if you want cocktails and views that are elevated to new heights.
Nights out on rooftop bars just hit differently, especially on those warm spring and summer nights. With the longer days and warmer weather just ahead, we figured you might be in the mood for some views and outdoor patios with your cocktails. These 10 rooftop restaurants and bars take the Mile High City to a whole new height, and we can’t wait to try them all.
1. The Viewhouse
The Viewhouse is a Colorado staple rooftop bar and for good reason. Their chef-driven menu of gastropub food compliments their craft cocktails, wines, and beers perfectly. Not to mention the space is lovely and the views, even better. Spend a beautiful warm spring day here with friends or cuddle up by the fire pit when the evenings run cooler. From American bar food like wings and sliders to deliciously made steaks and quaint salads, there’s a little something for everyone.
Where: 2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205
2. The Park Tavern
Not too far over is this elevated gastropub known as The Park Tavern. This is the place to come to get a little rowdy with friends over some pints and small plates. What better way to spend the evening? Plus, do we have to mention the views? Try a grilled steak sandwich with tomato jam, black pepper alioi, and caramelized onions on a baguette or a yummy and fresh smoked tomato and watermlon salad.
Where: 931 E 11th Ave, Denver, CO 80218
Avanti Food & Beverage is your premiere rooftop bar with delicious food and drinks to match. It’s situated in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood where they’re selling delicious burgers, pizzas, and entrees from all over the globe from their kitchen. Part rooftop hall part food hall, this place takes inspiration from a ton of global cuisines to arepas from Latin America to Asian cuisine. Take a seat on their rooftop patio and catch some lovely Denver skyline views while sipping away on a crips glass of white wine or a craft beer. Sounds a bit like paradise.
Where: 3200 N Pecos St, Denver, CO 80211
4. The Woods
The Woods Restaurant is on top of The Source Hotel with beautiful views of Denver’s skyline. From an extensive dinner and lunch to brunch time menus so that you can get stunning views early in the morning (without the hike). Within the same hotel is a vendor market so once you’re done at dinner you can shop until you drop.
Where: 3330 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216
The roof on top of Halycon is unmatched with a pool that stretches vertically across the deck. From contemporary American fare like beef tartare and roasted half salmon with hand-crafted cocktails like the Margarita Gose and bottles of wine from across the country. If you want to, you can make a weekend out of it by staying the night at the hotel this bar sits on top of.
Where: 245 Columbine St, Denver, CO 80206
6. Death & Company
Death and Company is a high end craft cocktail bar, again with lovely interior and panoramic views. This bar has settled in Los Angeles, NYC, and Denver, is now serving their indoor dining is on a first come, first serve basis. Their dinner menu has options like Kale salad if you want something healthy or a cacio e pepe dinner for something a little heavier. Don’t skimp out on their expertly crafted cocktails like their Midnight Hour, with Siembra Valles Ancestral Tequila, Clear Creek Raspberry Eau de Vie, Calpico and Lime.
Where: 1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205
Linger is another rooftop (transformed from an old mortuary) ready to take your tastebuds on a trip across the globe. Linger’s menu extends across different types of cuisines from dishes in the African section, like Roasted Beet Salad and Potato Masala Dosa to their Asian food selection, like Spicy Pork Potstickers to Korean BBQ Tacos. Cocktails are expertly crafted and range from Espresso Martinis to Red Sangrias.
Where: 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
8. El Five
Settled in the LoHi neighborhood among many other idyllic restaurants, El Five stands out for their open-air patio, unobstructed skyline views, and small lates inspired by Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine. Their specialty? Food inspired specifically by the coast of Gibraltar. From Jamon Ibierco to fresh Lebanese garlic dip, patatas bravas and goat cheese croquettes, you will think you have died and gone to Spain.
Where: Umatilla St #2930, Denver, CO 80211
54Thirty is Denver’s highest rooftop bar situated on top of floor number 20 of Le Méridien in Downtown Denver. They don’t accept reservations so if you’re in the mood for outdoor seating, you’ll want to get here early. While you’re here, you can choose from menu items such as the Butcher Block, which is a chef-selected board of artisan meats, cheeses, and pickles or a creamy burrata on toasted ciabatta. For drinks, they’re cocktails are made precise and strong. Sip on an Elevated Old Fashion with salted maple or an aptly-titled City Peaks, a gin-based cocktail with berries and bubbles.
Where: 1475 California St, Denver, CO 80202
10. Historians Ale House
Historian Ale House is where you go if you want some good ole-fashioned tavern food and company. Listen to fun and energetic beats while staring off into the Denver mountains and skyline. Scarf down a medium-rare cheeseburger with steak fries and a glass of Guinness or share a plate of Poutine with friends while you enjoy an Irish mule. Did we mention there’s also brunch?
Where: 24 Broadway #102, Denver, CO 80203
11. The Red Barber
The Red Barber is what happens when you take a backyard lawn party and elevate it to new heights–and we don’t just mean that it’s on a rooftop. The Red Barber is also doing awesome small plates like Green Chili Mac & Cheese and Roasted Cauliflower plus unique cocktails. If you’re a big party, try their Bucket O’ Cocktails that includes a choice of 6 for only $60.
Where: 3770 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205
12. Kisbee on the Roof
The Jacquard Hotel’s rooftop bar, Kisbee on the Roof, is an elegant way to enjoy the city’s views. Sip on a classic glass of wine or enjoy small bites from award-winning executive chef, Paul Nagan while taking in stunning views of the Rockies. They’ve even got a pool that’s perfect for the hotter months.
Where: 222 Milwaukee St, Denver, CO 80206