It's patio season again, and Denver has a bevy of beauties. So whether you're whiling away a morning, noon or night, grab a book or just your best people-watching goggles and set up camp. Just remember to order often — and tip your waitstaff.
Gaia Bistro on Old South Pearl is only open until 2 p.m., so you'll want to hit this patio while the cool of the night still hangs over the block. Grab some of the French-press coffee, savory crepes, pastries or egg in brioche, and rejoice in our gorgeous weather, sans humidity. (Gaia Bistro, 1551 South Pearl Street, 303-777-5699.)
East Colfax Avenue near the Bluebird Theater has any number of patios. Mezcal, Atomic Cowboy, Goosetown — take your pick. But the real treat is the little aisle of tables tucked alongside Cafe Star. Grab a glass of wine (the list is excellent) and a pot de crème (with chile, if you like a kick), and celebrate the marriage of old and new Colfax passing before you. (Cafe Star, 3201 East Colfax Avenue, 303-320-8635.) — Amy Haimerl
Mezcal is known to have the best margarita in town, but its mojito is a tasty alternative. Owner Jesse Morreale gives us a lesson in concocting the Cuban cocktail. — Amy Haimerl
Start with a 10 oz. glass (highball).
Cut a lime into wedges and place half of them in the bottom of the glass.
Add two tablespoons of sugar and five to eight mint leaves, then muddle.
Fill glass with ice and a shot (or two) of white rum. Shake well.
Top off with soda water.
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