Winter is coming, and you better snag a spot on these fabulous outdoor patios in Denver while you still can! These eateries are offering fantastic food, crafty cocktails, and a healthy dose of Vitamin D to satisfy the soul. Grab a friend and find comfort in the fresh air and warmth of the sun at these marvelous Mile High haunts.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Agave Taco Bar
This spot in Wash Park is simply superb! Delicious tacos, scrumptious margs, and a fabulous sun-drenched outdoor patio is what you'll find at Agave at 2217 E. Mississippi Avenue.
2. Fourteen Seventy-Two
Delectable Lowcountry fare with a hint of Colorado and a super laid-back atmosphere abounds at 1472 South Pearl Street, where homemade sangria and moonshine sweet tea flow like water.
3. Ace Eat Serve
Ace is a lively retro spot dishing out delectable Asian inspired eats on their sprawling patio, with fabulous views of downtown. They've got fantastic food, great drinks, ping pong tables, late night eats, and they even have a raw juice bar that's open till midnight. Game on! Ace is located at 501 E. 17th Avenue.
4. Vine Street Pub & Brewery
On a sunny day, the patio patrons at this neighborhood hangout are practically pouring into the streets. Vine Street Pub & Brewery boasts great beers, good food, and a prime location for outdoor revelry at 1700 Vine Street near City Park. (Note: They are CASH only but have an ATM on site.)
5. Work & Class
This relaxed RiNo joint has an excellent patio overlooking Larimer and 25th, and they're serving up "good food, no fuss." They specialize in Latin American inspired cuisine and pride themselves in "a square meal, stiff drink, and fair price." I'm sold! Find Work & Class at 2500 Larimer Street Downtown.
6. Avanti Food and Beverage
Avanti F&B is a unique, eclectic gastro endeavor where Mile Highers can have their pick of a variety of culinary options in one charming collective space. Next time you're on the fence about what you're craving, head over to Avanti in the Highlands and choose from seven different food options at 3200 N. Pecos Street.
7. Finn's Manor
One of the most interesting patio experiences I've had in Denver is at Finn's Manor in RiNo. They managed to turn an old auto salvage park into a quirky, hip bar with an expansive patio, craft cocktails, multiple food trucks, and a casual ambiance. Kudos to the brains behind this operation at 2927 Larimer Street!
8. The Populist
Not only does the Populist have a dreamy courtyard patio, but it also has community tables where "sharing your environment and your food is emphatically supported." Spread the love at 3163 Larimer Street!
9. The Source
Both Comida and Acorn boast fabulous patio seating at the wonderful Source artisan food market in RiNo. Comida serves Mexican street food, while Acorn is an eclectic contemporary American bar and grill, and both are equally divine. The Source can be found at 3350 Brighton Boulevard.
Rioja is located between 14th and 15th Streets on the historic Larimer Square and is serving up award-winning Mediterranean-inspired fare with a side of prime people watching.
11. Bistro Vendôme
Just across the street at 1420 Larimer is Bistro Vendôme, "a local favorite in a downtown rich with history that offers an exceptional dining experience in a charming, neighborhood setting." Snag a seat in their courtyard and indulge in rich French cuisine and bright bold wine, while imagining yourself dining al fresco in grand Paris. Oui, oui!
12. My Brother's Bar
With no sign out front (and no need for one) this Denver institution is the definition of dive bar, and they've got a great little courtyard patio and some of the juiciest burgers in town. Find this hidden haunt at 2376 15th Street.
13. Ale House at Amato's
This picturesque spot on the edge of LoHi serves up handcrafted beer and food pairings, with the added bonus of views of the Central Platte Valley, downtown Denver, and the Front Range. Tasty eats, creative brews, and easy on the eyes too. Ale House at Amato's is located at 2501 16th Street.
14. Shells and Sauce
On a quiet corner in Congress Park, lies a little neighborhood secret called Shells and Sauce. Not only do they have a great corner patio, but they also have a rooftop deck that is simply superb (but only open on the weekends). Oh, and did I mention the insanely delicious authentic Italian cuisine!? Shells and Sauce can be found at 2600 12th Avenue.
15. Root Down
This old filling station turned restaurant satisfies customers with creative, local, sustainable food in a lovely neighborhood setting with fantastic views. And they can also accommodate your every dietary need - gluten free, vegetarian, or vegan, they got you covered. Find Root Down can at 1600 W 33rd Avenue in the Highlands.