Some of our favorite things about summer are: ice cream cones, concerts in the park and eating and drinking on a lovely patio somewhere. We reminisced about our favorite patios and came up with this best-of list:
Ace Eat & Serve – Best place to have a ping-pong ball land in your beer.
Keep one hand over your beer and another wrapped around a delicious, sticky Tiger Wing because orange Ace ping pong balls will fly. Or, better yet, get up and join in a game.
Avanti Food & Beverage – Best place to make someone save your seat
High on the hill with an eastern view (and where you can hear the roar from a Colorado Rockies’ game across the highway), Avanti offers a great perspective on downtown. But with a variety of mini-restaurants to order multiple courses from, have someone save your seat as you go order the next round, lest you lose that primo view.
Bistro Vendome – Best place to pretend you are in Paris
Tucked at the back of Larimer Square, just past a stone arch, a tiny patio with wrought iron seating and lush greenery is hidden, perfect for a private rendez vous. After a rain, it’s magical.
Blue Bonnet – Best place to not care that there’s traffic whizzing by
An institution on South Broadway, Blue Bonnet’s airy patio with lots of greenery makes a big burrito and margarita taste even better.
Corner Bar – Best place to take in the Boulder scene
Located in the Hotel Boulderado, there’s nothing like a spacious, wrap-around patio for better people-watching.
The Cozy Cottage – Best place to wish your backyard looked like this
Amidst historic and sleek storefronts on Tennyson Street, grabbing a hearty bite under the shade of a big tree feels pretty day-dreamy.
Although our food and service experiences have been inconsistent over the years, this Cherry Creek restaurant sets the gold standard for providing gorgeous, overflowing planters. Too many restaurants neglect this important touch.
The expansive and airy rooftop patio provides sweeping views of Cherry Creek North with plenty of lounge and community seating.
El Five – Best place to count construction cranes
With very nearly 360 degree views from five stories up and on a hill, this new restaurant is the hippest place to catch downtown views. Don’t miss their cocktails!
Ignite – Best place to pretend you’re in New York
There is a feeling of hip grit in this neighborhood but this rooftop patio feels like a secret oasis in the city.
The Mediterranean – Best place to forget the rest of the world
Sitting on the fully-enclosed Boulder courtyard patio, with tiled wall, abundant flowers and trees, not to mention delicious tapas, it’s easy to lose track of time and place.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant – Best place to bask in moonglow
The huge, multi-layered patio of this downtown Mexican restaurant tries very hard to make us feel like we’re in Mexico complete with splashing fountain. The neon sign glow is a little off-putting so we always focus our attention toward the moon which we so often see passing overhead when we’re there.
Salati Italian Street Food – Best place to twirl your pasta
Under the glow of a red umbrella, pretend you’re in a streetside cafe in Italy, watching the world go by.
Sol Mexican Cocina – Best place to see and be seen
Is it a patio or just the inside flowing outside? It depends on whether the massive windows are open or not. With plenty of seating at this corner lounge and restaurant plus fireplaces and interesting lighting, linger over a seasonal cocktail and big bowl of guacamole.
Stanley Beer Hall – Best place to pretend you’re in the countryside
No sooner did we write this, then the Stapleton neighborhood mowed the tall grasses and pussy-willows along the bike path. They’ll grow again and we can imagine ourselves amidst some prairielands while sipping and supping.
Hive Garden Bistro – Best place to fantasize you’re dining with Claude Monet in Giverny
With water lilies and placid ducks as your view, everything tastes better. Fortunately, the food is already really good at this Denver Botanic Gardens restaurant.
Tupelo Honey – Best place to wonder where people are going
Located on the plaza side of the Union Station Platform Building, you can sip a cocktail and feast on southern-style cuisine while imagining what far off locations everyone is going to (even if it’s just around the corner to the office).
Viewhouse – south and Lodo locations – Best place to wonder where to look first
View of the city, view on the giant-screen-TV. View of the city, view on the giant-screen-TV.
The multi-level furniture and homegoods store in the Cherry Creek Mall has a massive rooftop patio. Too bad it’s only there to entice you to buy patio furniture. With comfy furniture, topiaries and curtains, we really just want to lounge with a glass of wine and some tapas, please.
Because patios are so in-demand, we recommend making a reservation to ensure your spot!