Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar
Jax Fish House, a Denver favorite, is bringing its much loved maritime vibe to Glendale, with a fab rooftop patio boasting a stunning view of the mountains and lush tree tops. Head here during happy hour, offered every day from 4-6pm, for seafood-centric dishes like kimchi fish cake sliders and steamed mussels alongside discounted cocktails (hello, vodka strawberry lemonade); or opt for their ‘NOLA’ brunch on Sundays. Plus, this spot is serving up some of the freshest oysters in town; set alongside a cocktail, and the occasional live music, we couldn’t think of a better way to take in the Front Range mountain air.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar, 650 S Colorado Blvd, Glendale, CO, USA, +1 303 756 6449
Once an old mortuary, Linger is now a LoHi hot spot distinguished by its original Olinger’s mortuary sign hanging high above the rooftop patio and global-inspired eats like pork belly bao, bay scallop poke, and charred baby octopus salad. While the rooftop scenery has changed due to recent construction, Linger still stands out of the crowd as a Denver favorite with its flavor-packed menu, weekend brunch (served on the patio during summer), and vintage VW bus-turned-bar slinging craft cocktails under a star-studded sky on the terrace. Head here for a perfect post-work drink, with happy hour offered Monday through Friday until 6:30pm.
Linger, 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 993 3120
Tucked along South Pearl Street next to sister restaurant Sushi Den, Izakaya Den has been a longtime go-to spot for sake and Japanese fare. With its remarkably modern design and décor (think second-floor bar with a retractable glass roof), it’s easy to forget that just outside lies a beautifully lit rooftop patio. Delve into dishes like sushi, noodles, and gastro pub-style small plates while gazing down at Pearl Street’s quaint neighborhood. Pro tip: there’s happy hour in the cocktail bars Tuesdays through Fridays.
Izakaya Den, 1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 777 0691
Ale House at Amato’s
Ale House at Amato’s, located on the edge of LoHi, is known for its sweeping views of the downtown Denver skyline, large selection of craft beer (40 brews long), and casual pub fare. While there are plenty of patios around the city, locals can take solace in knowing that this one’s breathtaking valley and mountainous scenery will never change (with its location in front of a major highway, the I-25). Plus, there are heaters for those cooler nights, allowing patio-goers to take advantage of this hot spot well into the colder months. Pro tip: get here early to snag a seat; otherwise, there’s another patio on the ground level.
Ale House at Amato’s, 2501 16th St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 433 9734
Historians Ale House
Historians Ale House is a casual space for kicking back with a brew (or three) al fresco alongside local eats. There are over 40 beers on tap – 30 of which are brewed in Colorado – plus they feature a different brewery from across the country every month, so you’ll have plenty of beers to keep you busy. If you fancy a bite, head here for their weekday lunch special when you can grab a burger, fries, and a beer for $5.95; or opt for happy hour, offered during the week from 11am-7pm and late night (Sunday-Thursday).
Historians Ale House, 24 Broadway #102, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 479 8505
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is Denver’s hidden gem; tucked behind Coors Field, Whiskey TF boasts an airy rooftop patio, big screen TVs, and over 90 whiskeys, making this spot perfect for a casual drink, game-watching, and scenic views. Plus, there are over 30 beers on tap, craft cocktails, and upscale comfort food like poblano chili relleno, glazed sprouts, and goat cheese-stuffed dates, accompanied by a bluesy playlist. Head here on the weekends when you can catch a boozy brunch on the patio.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2907 Huron St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 226 1540
FIRE Terrace at the ART Hotel
Head to the ART Hotel for an upscale, fourth-floor rooftop boasting views of the Museum District and Denver’s city lights. Nestled just above Broadway Street, the FIRE Terrace is serving up craft cocktails alongside a menu of tasty bites on an open-air patio; and if that isn’t enough to entice you, there are lounges fit with comfy seating and a fire pit, perfect for those chillier nights. Keep in mind that these semi-private hot spots go quick, so get here early if you want to snag one – especially during ‘social hour’ from 3-6pm.
FIRE Terrace, the ART Hotel, 1201 Broadway, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 572 8000
Los Chingones has made a name for itself as one of the best rooftops in the city. While the view isn’t anything to write home about, the perfectly crafted margaritas accompanied by that Colorado fresh air makes this vibrant rooftop patio unforgettable. Plus, Los Chingones steps outside the norm with modern Mexican dishes like lamb neck tacos, tres pig nachos, and guac with rattlesnake chorizo, distinguishing itself as one of the most innovative spots in the RiNo. There are plenty of traditional dishes, like pastor and chicken, too, but Chef Troy Guard is always keeping things fresh and unique.
Los Chingones, 2461 Larimer St #102, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 295 0686
Avanti F&B is more than just a food and beverage hall – this eclectic eatery is housed in a double-level shipping container, with a rooftop bar boasting stunning views of downtown and the mountains. Inspired by European eateries, Avanti F&B features the likes of seven different restaurants, from arepas to sushi, alongside 20 draft beers, cocktails, and plenty of vino. There’s even another bar downstairs, lounge, and dining area.
Avanti F&B, 3200 Pecos St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 720 269 4778
With its expansive rooftop fit with umbrellas for sunny days and string lights for evening nights, it’s a wonder why Vita has flown under the radar for so long. This casual Highland spot keeps the crowds away despite its weekly specials like 2-for-1 martinis on Mondays and 1/2-priced bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Plus, there’s live music on Wednesdays (during summer), so cooling off on the patio with a cocktail and some American fare is always an enjoyable venture.
Vita Restaurant, 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO, USA, +1 303 477 4600
ViewHouse Eatery, Bar & Rooftop
If you’re on the prowl for breathtaking views of the city, head to the ViewHouse – this downtown spot boasts mountain scenery along with views of downtown. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw from Coors Field, making its central location ideal for sports fans. Fit with a massive terrace (sometimes used for events like movie nights and yoga), drinking games, and a large rooftop deck, ViewHouse makes for the ultimate pre-party, post-work, or happy hour drinking venture. Pro tip: there’s a sister location in Centennial, another patio worth visiting.