The Ten Best Winter Patios in Denver

Freezing temperatures don't mean we can't enjoy some wintry patio time.
Freezing temperatures don't mean we can't enjoy some wintry patio time.
Kristin Pazulski

This week's Arctic blast and snow flurries shoved aside our Indian summer in a hurry. But fall's close doesn't have to mean the end of Denver's sunny patio time. So that you're not relegated to the indoors all winter, we compiled a list of wintry patios -- some enclosed, some with fire pits and heaters, most with drink specials that promise to keep you warm in the crisp winter air.

See also: The Ten Best Dog-Friendly Patios in Denver

Sun or snow, Ignite!'s heated patio is enhanced by its wood-fired pizza and drink specials.
Sun or snow, Ignite!'s heated patio is enhanced by its wood-fired pizza and drink specials.
Kristin Pazulski

10) Ignite Burgers & Lounge 2124 Larimer Street 303-296-2600 What a perfect name for a restaurant with a cozy, winter-friendly patio. Ignite's rooftop bar is partially enclosed, with garage doors that open on Denver's warm and sunny days and tall Lava Heat lamps (the ones that look like giant bug zappers) to warm patrons on the uncovered portion of the patio. The menu is Ignite's true claim as a great winter patio: With wood-fired pizza to warm the belly and $4 shots available with any alcoholic beverage, the bar's food and drink will ward off the chill. We also suggest the Firewater, a mix of bourbon, ginger, vanilla and honey, found in the bar's signature drink, the Whiskey A Go-Go.

A fire place, fire pit and heated lamps keep patrons toasty on Historians' rooftop patio.
A fire place, fire pit and heated lamps keep patrons toasty on Historians' rooftop patio.
Kristin Pazulski

9) Historians Ale House 24 Broadway 720-479-8505 This bar has multiple options when it comes to toasty quarters for imbibing. About half of Historians' rooftop patio is enclosed in a heated space (called "the barn") with garage doors that open on warmer days. But outside of the barn, rooftop guests can huddle around one of the six heaters or the fire pit. There's also one lucky table next to the patio's fireplace. Every month the bar features a rotation of guest beers from craft breweries, with giveaways and tastings, but when it snows, Historian's breaks out liquor specials with $1 Irish Coffees. In a few weeks, there will also be specially priced warm cider with Tuaca.

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