Where to eat and drink out­side on Den­ver’s coolest pa­tios and rooftops

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - The Den­ver Post By Gra­ham Am­brose

It’s sum­mer­time, and the liv­ing is easy. As the weather warms up and Coloradans mi­grate from air-con­di­tioned din­ing rooms to meals out­doors, metro-area res­i­dents will have a wide ar­ray of din­ing op­tions in the open air.

Metro Den­ver has more than enough restau­rant pa­tios, rooftops, food trucks, sidewalk ta­bles and back­yard stops to last the dog days. We’ve as­sem­bled a list of al­fresco gems to match your sum­mer wish list.


El Five, High­land 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 in May fea­tures a tasty menu and amaz­ing views of the sky­line perched high up in the build­ing be­hind Sushi Ronin. 2930 Umatilla St., fifth floor, 303-333-3256; Tues.-Sun., 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m.; elfive­den­ 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. 2461 Larimer St., No. 102, 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.; loschin­gones­mex­i­

Avanti F&B, LoHi Open walls and a spa­cious side pa­tio make Avanti a lively place to min­gle with happy guests. Com­ple­men­tary 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.; avan­

Ale House at Amato’s, High­land Owned by Breckenridge Brew­ery and Wynkoop Brew­ing Com­pany, Ale House at Amato’s guar­an­tees a top-qual­ity craft brew with a top-qual­ity view of down­town, the High­land Bridge, and Coors Field. The so­cially con­scious can ap­pre­ci­ate Ale House’s com­mit­ment to com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing part­ner­ships with lo­cal gro­cers, bak­ers and sup­pli­ers. 2501 16th St., 303-433-9734; Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; ale­houseden­


Izakaya Den, South Pearl The chic lights that warm mod­ish out­door pa­tios 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.; iza­

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.; the­p­op­ulist­den­ Ta­mayo, Larimer Square Chef Richard San­doval has crafted an im­pres­sive menu of Mexican cui­sine in an ac­ces­si­ble and at­trac­tive venue in LoDo. The com­modi­ous out­door pa­tio has room for fam­i­lies that need an ex­tra bit of space, with a view of the ac­tion close to the ground for kids who make a lit­tle noise. 1400 Larimer St., 720-946-1433; Brunch Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Lunch Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Din­ner Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5-11 p.m.; hrichard­san­­mayo/ 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; Mon.-Sun., 3 p.m.-2 a.m.; Face­­ver

Postino, Lohi Postino’s spa­cious grand pa­tio has a wide va­ri­ety of seat­ing choices for cou­ples look­ing to eat face-to-face or in more com­fort­able out­door couches. On Mon­day and Tues­day evenings, happy hour prom­ises a bot­tle of wine and a br­uschetta board for just $20. 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.; posti­

Bistro Ven­dome, Larimer Square While strolling through Den­ver’s pop­u­lar Larimer Square, cu­ri­ous passers-by may peek down a mys­te­ri­ous arch­way and see a per­fectly Parisian Pa­tio star­ing back at them. That twinkly light es­cape be­longs to French restau­rant Bistro Ven­dome, a spot sure to get you that good­night kiss. 1420 Larimer St. Mon.-Thu., 5 p.m.- 10 p.m., Fri., 5 p.m.-11 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.- 11 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.; bistro­ven­


Linger, High­land Wash down street foods from four con­ti­nents with a ten-page drink menu or just hang out on the rooftop with drink 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; Mon.-Thurs., Sun., 5:30-10:00 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5:30-11:00 p.m.; linger­den­ His­to­ri­ans Ale House, S. Broad­way The schol­ars at His­to­ri­ans have put to­gether an ex­haus­tive li­brary of more than 40 draft beers and 100 spir­its in shop. Smart up and take ad­van­tage of all-day happy hour on Mon­days. 24 S. Broad­way, No. 102, 720-479-8505; Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; his­to­ri­ansale­

FIRE Lounge, Down­town Lo­cated atop the Art Ho­tel a block from the Capi­tol, FIRE is a chic ur­ban bar with a view to boot. Craft cock­tails and an at­trac­tive rooftop make the lounge a no­brainer for vis­i­tors look­ing for a con­ve­nient and at­trac­tive look at Den­ver. 1201 Broad­way, 303-572-8000; Sun.-Thurs., 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 6:30 a.m.-12 a.m.; theartho­


Den­ver Beer Com­pany, LoHi A pet-friendly pa­tio makes this trendy mi­cro­brew­ery on Platte Street a per­fect sum­mer stomp. 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.; den­ver­ Sky­line Beer Gar­den, Down­town Un­til Oct. 7, Coloradans of all ages can en­joy food and drinks in a well-groomed ur­ban park at the heart of down­town. Free live mu­sic plays Fri­day evenings and Satur­day af­ter­noons all sum­mer long. Sky­line Park, Ara­pa­hoe Street be­tween 16th and 17th; Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; sky­linebeer­gar­

Plaza Beer Gar­den at Ter­mi­nal Bar, Union Sta­tion, Down­town The newly opened Plaza Beer Gar­den, an out­post at the re­cently re­fur­bished Union Sta­tion, of­fers a view of Wynkoop Plaza and 17th Street. Happy Hour lasts from 4-6 p.m. on week­days, with Colorado­brewed ales as cheap as $4.25. 1701 Wynkoop Street, Union Sta­tion, 720460-3701; Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-12 a.m.; ter­mi­nal­bar­den­ Our Mu­tual Friend Malt & Brew, River North “Lo­cal sources to brew lo­cal ales” de­scribes the op­er­at­ing creed of this small mi­cro­brew­ery lo­cated in River North. In­gre­di­ents come sourced from in-state sell­ers, mak­ing OMF a lo­ca­vore hot-spot. 2810 Larimer St., 303-296-3441; Tues.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 2 p.m.-12 a.m., Sun. 2-10 p.m.; omf­ Re­cess Beer Gar­den, High­land At Re­cess, you can sam­ple more than a dozen beers from in-state and twice as many from across the coun­try and world. The gi­ant out­door beer gar­den with plenty of mu­rals to make all your friends jeal­ous on your In­sta closes at 10 p.m. 2715 17th St., Suite 103, 720-638-0020; Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; re­cess­beer­gar­


OK, so you’re not a beer per­son. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, there are places for you in Den­ver.

Stem Ciders, RiNo If you find a crisp, sweet cider more up your al­ley than a hoppy beer, Stem Ciders may be you 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.-Thur.,4-10 p.m., Fri.,3-11p.m., Sat., noon-11 p.m.,Sun., noon-10 p.m.; stem­

The In­fi­nite Mon­key The­o­rem Ur­ban Win­ery, RiNo If you like your wine in adorable, to­tally In­sta­gram-wor­thy cans, this is your place. Wines in­clude Moscato, Red, Rose, White, Dry Hopped Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Dry Hopped Pear Cider. Don’t for­get about that pop­u­lar Rose Wine Slushie on a hot, hot day. 3200 Larimer St., 303-736-8376, Mon.-Thur.,4-10 p.m., Fri.,3-10 p.m., Sat., 2-10 p.m., Sun., 2-8p.m.; the­in­finite­mon­keythe­o­


Ace, 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, pa­trons can en­joy Asian-Amer­i­can cui­sine with op­tions for seated din­ing, appetizers, and buf­fets. 501 E. 17th St., 303-800-7705; Mon.-Wed., 4-11 p.m., Thurs.-Sun. 2-11 p.m.; aceeat­

ViewHouse, Down­town, Cen­ten­nial and Lit­tle­ton Sta­tioned next door to Coors Field, this mas­sive bar and grill mixes a ca­sual sports vibe with taste­ful decor. An ex­ten­sive open-air pa­tio gives diners a view of the ball­park and am­ple room to eat, drink or play sum­mer games like corn­hole and vol­ley­ball. An ideal stop be­fore, dur­ing, or af­ter the red-hot Rock­ies play. 2015 Mar­ket St. 720-282-1555; Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.;

For­est Room 5, High­land Park At this na­ture-themed tapas bar, you can take a seat on a tree stump out back and en­joy drinks around a live bon­fire. A block west of In­ter­state 25, For­est Room 5 makes a bar feel like an au­then­tic back­yard. 2532 15th St., 303-433-7001; Mon.-Sun., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; fore­ 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-size sand vol­ley­ball courts. In­side, bil­liards ta­bles and TVs cre­ate an ideal refuge for sports lovers out­side the city lim­its. 1555 S. Ha­vana St., 303-755-5944; Mon.-Sun., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; gib­bys­ Home

Top­golf, Cen­ten­nial At Top­golf, golf is made fun for all ages, re­gard­less of skill level. Share a drink with friends in the lush in­te­rior while work­ing on your swing at this ideal spot for busi­ness or recre­ation. 10601 E. Easter Ave., 720-8803151; Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Fri., 9 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun., 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; top­­ten­nial/

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, a bar that serves the pa­tio and, here’s where that gam­ing part comes in, a bocce court. (Hon­or­able men­tion: The Col­fax lo­ca­tion also of­fers a gi­ant pa­tio.) 270 S. Broad­way, 720-287-5233, Mon.-Wed., 7 a.m.-mid­night, Thu.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Sat., 9 a.m.-2:30 a.m., Sun., 9 a.m.- mid­night; Happy hour: 3 p.m.-8 p.m. daily, Thur.-Sat., 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

Mile High Spir­its, LoDo With its own dis­tillers and 4,000-square­foot back­yard full of pic­nic ta­bles, corn­hole, mini-Fris­bee and plenty of liquor flow­ing, Mile High Spir­its has be­come one of the hottest spots to be in Den­ver. And that doesn’t even in­clude the in­side, which hosts DJs on the week­end for some se­ri­ous dance par­ties. 2201 Lawrence St., 303-296-2226, Mon.-Wed., 2 p.m.-mid­night, Thu.-Fri. 2 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat., 11 a.m.- 2 a.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- mid­night


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., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; agave­ta­co­ Crafty Fox, River North Arts Dis­trict No need for fuss: At Crafty Fox, the pick­i­est mem­bers of the fam­ily can cus­tomize their own pizza. Mom and dad can en­joy the 60 on-tap craft beers on the up­stairs pa­tio (not all in one visit, hope­fully) — and it all comes with a sky­line view for all ages. 3901 Fox St., 303-455-9666; Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; crafty­

Kaos Pizze­ria, Platt Park Den­ver’s premier pizza tastes delizioso al­fresco. 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.; kaospizze­ 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.-Sun., 4-11 p.m.; odyssey-ital­ian-restau­ in­dex.html


LoDo’s Bar and Grill and Tavern Down­town, Down­town On the first and third Wed­nes­days of the month, kids eat free. Just a block from Coors Field, this Amer­i­can grill has sim­ple out­door seat­ing with a vista on down­town for the whole fam­ily. Di­rectly Who says good seafood has to stay on the coasts? The sidewalk pa­tio at Jax brings the best of nau­ti­cal cui­sine to ur­ban Den­ver. A deep com­mit­ment to sus­tain­able fish­ing leaves a pleas­ant af­ter­taste for the con­sci­en­tious eaters. 1539 17th St., 303-292-5767; Mon.-Sun., 4 p.m.-close; www.jax­fish­


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 Dr., 720-217-7838; Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Sun., 11 a.m.-12 a.m.; den­ver­wa­ter­ing­ Dun­bar Kitchen & Tap House, Cur­tis Park Opened in late 2014, Dun­bar has be­come a neigh­bor­hood fa­vorite in Cur­tis Park with a dog-friendly back pa­tio 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.; dun­bark­itchenand­tap­ Brazen, West High­land New Amer­i­can cui­sine doesn’t have to be os­ten­ta­tious. The cool, re­laxed at­mos­phere at Brazen will calm even the most hy­per­ac­tive dogs and please own­ers look­ing for a re­li­able bite to eat out­doors. 4450 W 38th Ave., 720-638-1242; Mon.-Weds., 4:30-10 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-2 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; brazen­den­

Racine’s, Speer 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. And the pa­tio is a great spot to dine with your pets. 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.; raci­nes­restau­


The Buck­horn Ex­change, Lin­coln Park Den­ver’s old­est restau­rant has a pri­vate Roof­garten with a year-round pa­tio — en­closed and cov­ered in win­ter and open­sided 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 Mon.-Thurs., 5-9 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 5-10 p.m., Sun., 5-9 p.m.; buck­ Bri­ar­wood Inn, Golden An idyl­lic en­vi­ron­ment for a ma­jor gath­er­ing, the Bri­ar­wood Inn ex­em­pli­fies the beauty of moun­tain­ous Colorado out­side the ma­jor cities. Top-qual­ity food pairs per­fectly with a close-up view of the Rocky Moun­tains. 1630 8th St., Golden, 303-279-3121; Din­ner Mon.-Sun. start­ing at 4:30 p.m., tavern and pa­tio Mon.-Sun. start­ing at 4 p.m.; the­bri­ar­wood­

He­len H. Richard­son, Den­ver Post file

Mandy Brown, left, and Marissa Vel­lone en­joy a drink to­gether on the pa­tio that over­looks down­town Den­ver and Coors Field at Avanti Food + Bev­er­age on Aug. 4, 2016.

The pa­tio is crowded at Den­ver Beer Com­pany in Den­ver on Oct. 2, 2015. Pa­trick Tray­lor, Den­ver Post file

Paella with a view at El Five. Greg McBoat, Spe­cial to The Den­ver Post

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