2721 Larimer Street
This RiNo venue is a staple for catching Denver's best live acts and national artists before they strike it big. Glass Animals and Arcade Fire played at the Larimer Lounge long before they played Red Rocks. The club has a small front patio where you can watch the RiNo crowd wander up and down Larimer Street, and a back patio that's a great hideaway. Check the bar's website for a calendar of concerts.
The Thin Man
2015 East 17th Avenue
Funky decor and an equally funky crowd make the Thin Man a great bar in a neighborhood that's usually pretty quiet. Bands play out back, where you can enjoy them under the stars — and while you're doing that, you can sip on one of the bar's many infused vodkas or tequilas.
FIRE Lounge (Rooftop Patio of the ART Hotel)
FIRE Lounge was named Best Rooftop Patio in our 2017 Best of Denver edition. Take an elevator in the trendy ART to the spacious and comfortable patio located above Broadway for views of the Golden Triangle and Capitol Hill. The cocktail menu boasts artisan drinks and crafted cocktails named after the likes of Jackson Pollock and Vincent van Gogh. During social hour and later into the night, a DJ spins ambient and down-tempo beats on the FIRE terrace for maximum chilling.
The Ginn Mill
2041 Larimer Street
The Ginn Mill has a patio and a live DJ nearly every night of the week. The soundtrack is your standard mix of top 40, hip-hop and throwbacks. If you like a young crowd and can stomach the germ-infested free popcorn, this is definitely one of Denver's best bars for watching drunken bros on the hunt for love – or at least a one-night stand.
Local 46 Bar & Biergarten
4586 Tennyson Street
Local 46 is a great spot for keeping it local. The beer list boasts rotating local brews, and the outdoor grill fires up burgers with Aspen Ridge all-natural beef. But the real reason to come here is the great assortment of live music. The venue's calendar is jam-packed with local bands four nights a week. There's an open stage every Monday, and Thursdays are karaoke night.
2425 South Downing Street
Looking for food and bluegrass? Try Maddie's. Once the majority of college students have moved home for the summer, Maddie's gears up its Maddie's Pickin' on the Patio concert series. Every Sunday through the end of July, patrons can enjoy brunch, drinks and live bluegrass on the patio from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. View the lineup of bluegrass artists on Maddie's website.
1949 Market Street
The Tavern has one of the best rooftop patios in central Denver. With views of LoDo, downtown and the outside of Coors Field, the Tavern Downtown is a great place to dance to DJs after the sun sets on LoDo. Fridays in the summer are when the Tavern really heats up: Every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., Alice 105.9's Slacker & Steve go live from the rooftop with [email protected], a free happy-hour concert series of intimate performances from some of pop radio's classic acts. This year's lineup included John Rzeznik, LeAnn Rimes and Eve 6. To view the full roster of [email protected] artists, visit the Tavern's event page. And be sure to get there early: These concerts are first come, first served, and the patio fills up fast.
2701 Larimer Street
The Meadowlark is a great place to dance the night or morning away in the ever-trendy RiNo Art District. The bar has a full calendar of music events held on its intimate screened-in patio. Dance on Sundays from 3 to 10 p.m. for the perfect after-party to your boozy brunch. Mondays showcase jazz in the basement, and Tuesdays are open-mic nights. Find a full calendar of themed DJ and live-music events on the Meadowlark's website.
Tooey's Off Colfax
1521 Marion Street
Tooey's Off Colfax is a hidden gem not far from the Ogden and the Fillmore, making it a great spot for a pre- or post-show beer. Moreover, the bar offers specials before and after concerts when you present a same-day ticket stub, and live music that you can hear from the quaint patio.
Club Vinyl's rooftop has incredible views of Denver and the mountains, as well as a head-thumping sound system that pumps out tunes by house and dance DJs. Weekly events include Hip-Hop Thursdays, Fiesta Fridays and Climax Sundays. The rooftop is open for touring DJs and events throughout the summer; check the club's website for details.