Spend time in the great outdoors this summer by hitting the local trails then grabbing a drink at these Denver bars and breweries with outdoor patios. From small and intimate to large beer gardens, there is something to suit everyone’s style.
The Mile High City is blessed with both a plethora of simple outdoor patios and high rooftop bars. Some patios are dog-friendly, while others are not, so be sure to inquire in advance if you want to bring your dog(s). If you’re looking for strictly breweries, consider this list of best breweries in Denver, many of which have prime patios, or even a beer garden.
Here are among the top outdoor patio bars in Denver, CO, in no particular order:
Sitting as Denver’s highest rooftop bar, 54thirty not only offers incredible views but tasty drinks and eats as well. Their focus on hand-crafted cocktails, globally-inspired nibbles, and a cozy spot to sit and watch the sun go down across the city skyline make 54thirty’s rooftop one of our favorite Denver bars with a patio.
Where: 1475 California Street, on the 20th floor of the Le Meridien Hotel.
Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
Promoting a farm to flask concept, the Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse is a small batch distillery that specializes in using local ingredients, filtered house water, and just good clean liquor. Their ample outdoor dining space is the perfect place to sip on one of their handmade cocktails and sample a savory bite from their food menu.
Where: 3636 Chestnut Place, Denver, CO 80216
An upscale dive bar in the historic Five Points neighborhood, Rita’s Law offers a great place to socialize, drink, eat, and even grab an early morning coffee. Enjoy your drinks and catching up with friends in their spacious outdoor patio, adjacent to the school bus that has been converted into a kitchen.
Where: 2209 Welton Street
Irish Rover Pub
Drink to a bit o’ Irish heritage with a visit to the Irish Rover. The long-standing Denver favorite serves up tasty Irish-inspired eats like Shepard’s Pie and Bangers and Mash, plus Guinness on tap. But perhaps its biggest draw is its rooftop patio that offers an aerial view of Broadway and the Denver skyline. Enjoy happy hour drink special daily, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: 54 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Adrift Tiki Bar
Feel as though you are in the tropics sipping on a Mai Tai at the Adrift Tiki Bar. Not cheesy tiki, but classy tiki-style, the bar exudes personality with its décor and its drinks. Picnic bench-style seating is available on their outdoor patio, complete with grass-lined umbrellas and colorful details for that oh so tropical feel. Enjoy happy hour every day from open until 7:00 p.m. Join them for Tiki Tuesdays for all night Happy Hour!
Where: 218 S. Broadway, Denver, CO 80209
Located in the heart of the Rino district, Improper City is home to one of Denver’s biggest outdoor patios. With daily multiple food truck options, a healthy drink menu, and ample room outside with fire pits, picnic table seating, and a D.J. playing some tunes, who would want to sit indoors?
Where: 3201 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205
A local neighborhood hangout on the popular Tennyson Street, Local 46 serves up delicious food, tasty beer, and one of Denver’s best Biergartens. Filled with ample seating, bocce court, ping pong, cornhole, and cozy fire pits, you’ll want to stay awhile.
Where: 4586 Tennyson St., Denver, CO 80212
The Instagram-worthy interior of the historic Fort Greene is almost enough to make you want to skip having a drink outside on their patio. But don’t, its outdoor seating is just as wonderful with string lights and picnic bench-style seating, there is even room for you to bring your furry friends.
Where: 321 East 45th Avenue, Denver, CO 80216
Located in the latest neighborhood in Denver to become hip and trendy, Edgewater, the Joyride Brewing Company is a local brewery who has made a name for itself with not only its tasty beers but with the latest addition of its rooftop patio. Located across from Sloan’s Lake, the rooftop provides beautiful views of the lake and the downtown Denver skyline in the distance.
Where: 2501 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO 80214
10 Barrel Brewing Company
The 10 Barrel Brewing Company is an expansive brewpub found in the heart of Denver’s Rino District. The brewery serves up 24 freshly brewed beers on tap, pizza, burgers, and other bar food, that make dining on their rooftop patio an event.
Where: 2620 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205
Forest Room 5
Feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness while in the heart of the city at the back patio at Forest Room 5. Filled with fire pits, tree-line alcoves, waterfalls, and tree trunk seating, you’ll forget you’re minutes from downtown.
Note: Forest Room 5 is temporarily closed
Denver Beer Co.
Delicious beers, pet-friendly patios, and scheduled food trucks, you can’t get more Colorado than Denver Beer Co. Inspired by German beer gardens, Denver Beer Co.’s outdoor space offers large community tables, games, and misters to keep you cool in the summer.
Where: 1695 Platte St., Denver, CO 80202
Just as fun as drinking one of Ratio Beerworks’ beers is enjoying it on their outdoor patio, and now extended plaza seating out front. Ranked as one of the best outdoor drinking spots in Denver, it’s easy to see with its inviting open space, perfect for bringing your dogs and playing a round or two of cornhole.
Where: 2920 Larimer St., Denver, CO 80205
Honey Elixir Bar
Recently just named 5280’s “Top of the Town Readers’ Choice for the best new bar,” the female-owned Honey Elixir Bar brings the punch with its crafty concoctions and its artful patio. Intimate and inviting offers several seating areas, the patio is located in the alley between Walnut and Larimer St. with decorative fringe canopies and colorful mural lining the exterior wall. Choose from their alcohol-free potions and creative cocktails that leave little to be desired.
That’s a roundup of some of the best patio bars in Denver, Colorado. Enjoy your time in the sun in the Mile High City! Cheers!