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The Ten Best Rooftop Bars in Denver

Pair your next drinking adventure with some stellar views.
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Whether the weather is sunny, cloudy or cool, Coloradans love being outdoors — maybe even more than we love going out for a good cocktail or craft beer. But why pick just one activity when you can do it all at once?

Many bars and restaurants have patios we love, but some spots take al fresco to a whole new level. If you're looking for a spot with killer views where you can imbibe, here are the ten best rooftop bars to visit right now in metro Denver:

1475 California Street
Located on the twentieth floor of Le Méridien Hotel, this spot has been the highest open-air bar in the city since it debuted in late 2017. With views of the city and a Rocky Mountain backdrop, it's an upscale spot that often draws a crowd but operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so you need some luck (or patience) to snag a spot. Once you're in, enjoy craft cocktails, small bites and swanky vibes.
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BurnDown's rooftop has one of the best views in the city.
476 South Broadway

In 1978, a fire left a gaping hole in a building on South Broadway that later held a furniture store and a year-round Christmas shop. In 2023, that building was transformed into BurnDown, a multi-level bar and restaurant with an atrium that stretches from an expansive first-floor dining room through a second-floor lounge, where a small acoustic stage is located, to a third indoor/outdoor level. That's where you'll find the rooftop deck from which you can see the entire Front Range, including Pikes Peak to the south. There's a clear view of downtown, too — you can even catch a glimpse of the gleaming gold on top of the Capitol. A stunner for sunsets, it's also a prime place to view Fourth of July fireworks.
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El Patio has a view of Coors Field.
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El Patio
1949 Market Street
If partying late-night on a rooftop with a view of Coors Field is your idea of a good time, this is the spot. El Patio is part of a multi-concept space that also includes the tacos- and tequila-centric Con Safos; a speakeasy dubbed Agua Bendita; dance club the Jaguar Room; and Tony Tenderonis, where you can load up on chicken fingers and fries. El Patio is also Jack Harlow-approved; it's one of the spots he visited to film the music video for his song "Denver" in 2023.
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You'll find cocktails, a self-serve beer wall, sushi and views of Coors Brewery at the Golden Mill.
Molly Martin
The Golden Mill
1012 Ford Street, Golden

This historic mill-turned-food hall opened in 2021 and has quickly become a destination for anyone looking to head (a little) west for some staycation fun in Golden, where Clear Creek's cold waters beckon tubers in the summer months. The expansive rooftop has a view of Coors Brewery and another big bonus: some of the best sushi in the state, at chef Jesus Silva's Sushi Sora. Fill a glass at the pour-your-own-beer wall downstairs, then settle in for an afternoon of sunny sipping and noshing.
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The rooftop patio at Historians Ale House is a great place to soak up the sun while drinking.
Bridget Wood
Historians Ale House
24 Broadway

There are several spots along Broadway with smaller rooftop patios that are less trendy and more low-key. If that's your vibe, head to pizza spot Joy Hill, the Fainting Goat or Historians Ale House, a longtime staple that also stands out for its many specials. Our favorite — which is a great excuse for a weekday rooftop lunch session — is the $10.95 cheeseburger that comes with fries and a ten-ounce draft beer, well drink or soda and is available from open until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Joyride's rooftop has been a favorite since it opened in 2019.
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Joyride Brewing Company
2501 Sheridan Boulevard, Edgewater

In 2014, Joyride became the first brewery to open in Edgewater — an area that's since gotten a lot of new reasons to visit, including its own food hall, Edgewater Public Market (which also has a rooftop bar). In 2019, Joyride's owners finally debuted a longtime dream: the brewery's rooftop patio, which boasts not only its own bar with sixteen taps and room for 150 people, but stunning views that take in Denver's skyline to the east, busy Sloan's Lake Park just across the street, and, on a clear day, Pikes Peak to the south.
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Enjoy lake views at Odell Brewing Sloan's Lake.
Odell Brewing
Odell Brewing Sloan's Lake
1625 Perry Street

On the south side of Sloan's Lake, just over a mile from Joyride, is another brewery rooftop, this one mere feet from the park's waterside walking paths. Odell opened at this location in the spring of 2021, and it boasts ample space, quintessentially Denver views of the lake, and a delicious variety of beers that are brewed beneath your feet. It's also the first Odell location to offer housemade dining options, including pizzas topped with seasonal ingredients.
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Head to Littleton to sip mezcal on Palenque's rooftop.
Palenque Cocina y Agaveria
Palenque Cocina y Agaveria
2609 West Main Street, Littleton

Downtown Littleton often gets overlooked by those who live closer to the city, but it's home to a number of rooftop patios where you can enjoy the slower pace of a town-turned-suburb that happens to be packed with locally owned gems. Exhibit A: mezcal mecca Palenque, which originally opened in 2018 as a second location of Adelitas but took the Palenque name after former co-owners Silvia Andaya (who still runs the original on Broadway) and Brian Rossi cut ties in 2020. Four years into its new iteration, there's no better place south of the city to learn about — and sip plenty of — a well-curated selection of agave spirits and cocktails than the upper level of this Main Street eatery.
The Sky Deck at Pindustry is massive.
7939 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village

For years, not much changed on Arapahoe Road near the Denver Tech Center, but a big push to revitalize the area kicked off in 2021 with the opening of Pindustry, the first major addition to what's now called the Arapahoe Entertainment District. The two-story restaurant complex can hold up to 2,300 people, and besides the bowling and arcade games on the main floor, the biggest draw is the 16,000-square-foot Sky Deck with Rocky Mountain views, its own bar, and activities like giant chess and cornhole. Game on.
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The Red Barber's rooftop has plenty of space.
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The Red Barber
3770 Walnut Street

At this elevated escape, size does matter. Located on the roof of the Catbird Hotel in RiNo, the Red Barber boasts (nearly) 360-degree views from its perch six stories above the city. And while there are other rooftops in town with both city and mountain views, this one has 3,300 square feet of open, inviting space in which to sip cocktails, enjoy bites and play a game of cornhole. Comfy couches are prime spots for lounging, or you can opt for the grassy picnic area or a spot near a fire pit — there's even amphitheater seating for live music. This is the ultimate backyard, in the sky, staffed with bartenders.
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