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The view, the food and the drinks are all great at Linger.EXPAND
The view, the food and the drinks are all great at Linger.
Danielle Lirette

The Ten Best Restaurant Rooftop Patios in Denver

Spring for patio lovers in Denver means quickly sipping drinks in the open air and then scurrying inside as soon as the rain, snow or hail begin. But Mother Nature plays nice once she's had a few springtime cocktails herself, so now we can all relax and enjoy long meals, a bottle of wine and maybe even dessert while basking in warm summer nights. Here are Denver's ten best restaurant rooftop patios for taking in the views — with good grub as an added attraction.

The rooftop deck at American Bonded is perfect for taking in RiNo street art.EXPAND
The rooftop deck at American Bonded is perfect for taking in RiNo street art.
Danielle Lirette

American Bonded

2706 Larimer Street
303-942-1201
americanbonded.com


Larimer Street's remarkable shift from warehouse district to pedestrian thoroughfare is perhaps best observed on weekend nights, when groups of revelers throng the sidewalks from Broadway to Downing. And there's no better place to people-watch than American Bonded, where a breezy, fairy-lit, muraled rooftop oasis presents views of the skyline as well as the street below. Grab one of the bar's frozen drinks — served only at the outdoor bar along with other cocktails and beers, which keeps you from having to run up and down the stairs — and look for a spot near the front railing for the best vantage point. Fair warning: The place gets packed on summer nights. If you can't find a seat up top, look for an outdoor street-side table below. And stay late: The menu from True West Kitchen is served until 1 a.m.

The rooftop decks at Avanti are like LoHi's backyard party.EXPAND
The rooftop decks at Avanti are like LoHi's backyard party.
Danielle Lirette

Avanti Food & Beverage

3200 Pecos Street
720-269-4778
avantifandb.com


A great patio can either offer a stunning view or a perch for people-watching, but few typically provide both. Avanti Food & Beverage doesn't have a typical patio, though: With seven counter-service options and multiple outdoor decks, here you can build a patio adventure to suit your mood. Grab a poke bowl at Quickfish and join the beautiful people on the main rooftop deck overlooking downtown; score tacos at BorraCho or Venezuelan street food at Quiero Arepas, then head for the bleacher seats; or make it an elegant dinner from Bistro Georgette or the Rotary and choose a table on the covered, all-weather patio. Cocktails, wine, beer or cider from two separate bars can also be tailored to your needs. Avanti's patios are like LoHi's backyard party — and you'll never want to leave.

Bacon Social House in Littleton has one of the best views in the metro area.EXPAND
Bacon Social House in Littleton has one of the best views in the metro area.
Mark Antonation

Bacon Social House

2100 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton
720-750-7107
baconsocialhouse.com


David Dill just opened his second Bacon Social House, but instead of the secluded courtyard patio of the Sunnyside original, the new Littleton outpost boasts a spacious rooftop deck that seats nearly 100 bacon lovers (that includes you). Enjoy brunch all day, or come in for dinner to sample fun new dishes while taking in views of tree-lined downtown Littleton and the Rocky Mountains beyond. For a little history, the Littleton Municipal Courthouse (built in 1907) is also on full view right across the street. The only thing better on a Sunday morning than the restaurant's bacon flight is a bacon flight with a view.

Sip housemade beers on the rooftop deck at Briar Common.EXPAND
Sip housemade beers on the rooftop deck at Briar Common.
Briar Common Brewery + Eatery

Briar Common Brewery & Eatery

2298 Clay Street
720-512-3894
briarcommon.com


Kent and Greg Dawson opened their two-story Jefferson Park brewpub in 2016, serving spot-on beers and a menu of small plates and entrees ringing in as approachable without getting too close to boring alehouse standards. The rooftop patio here is small and feels like a neighborhood secret. Shaped like the prow of a ship, the patio looks down onto Jefferson Park with views to the north and south, too, so you can grab a beer and a table and watch Broncos fans fill the neighborhood before fall football games, or just while away a summer night.

The Fainting Goat

846 Broadway
303-945-2323
thefaintinggoatdenver.com


Here's one for fans of dive bars and unpretentious neighborhood hangouts. When the Fainting Goat closed briefly for a remodel a couple of years ago, many worried that the place would receive a modern overhaul, but the only noticeable change was a new coat of kelly-green paint on a couple of the walls. And the rooftop patio is still one of the most chill hangouts on Broadway, where cheap beers and good chicken fingers are more important than getting in on the action in Denver's hotter neighborhoods.

Fire Lounge looks out over Broadway and the Golden Triangle.EXPAND
Fire Lounge looks out over Broadway and the Golden Triangle.
Danielle Lirette

Fire Restaurant & Lounge at the Art Hotel

1201 Broadway
303-572-8000
thearthotel.com/dine-drink/fire


Art and architecture make the Golden Triangle one of the city's most distinctive neighborhoods, and much of it is on view from the fourth-floor lounge at the appropriately named Art Hotel. Grab a seat at one of the fire pits and order a classy cocktail while appreciating the Denver Public Library, History Colorado Center, the Judicial Center and other impressive edifices that make up the urban canyon of Broadway.

A bamboo forest adds greenery to Izakaya Den's second floor.EXPAND
A bamboo forest adds greenery to Izakaya Den's second floor.
Danielle Lirette

Izakaya Den

1487 South Pearl Street
303-777-0691
izakayaden.net


The upstairs at Izakaya Den is like a lofty Japanese garden, with live bamboo, orbs of light and a glass roof that retracts with a flip of the switch from the bartender, turning the entire space into an airy loft above Pearl Street. There's a mid-sized deck that faces the street, too, if you prefer a more traditional patio, but a seat at the bar when the roof is open feels so much more sophisticated and exclusive, even as moms and their strollers parade on the sidewalk below.

Jax has the best rooftop patio on the east side of metro Denver.EXPAND
Jax has the best rooftop patio on the east side of metro Denver.
Jax Fish House

Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

650 South Colorado Boulevard
303-756-6449
jaxfishhouse.com


The Glendale branch of Jax Fish House is just one of four Jax eateries in Colorado, but it has an advantage over the others: a rooftop patio with its own bar and a west-facing view of downtown Denver and the entire Front Range. There's no better place to slurp oysters or crack crab claws while the summer breeze keeps you cool. The setting is chic enough to feel like you're downtown, but you can feel smug looking at the skyscrapers in the distance knowing you don't have to battle downtown crowds to score a patio table.

How did that RV get the best parking spot in town?EXPAND
How did that RV get the best parking spot in town?
Danielle Lirette

Linger

2030 West 30th Avenue
303-993-3120
lingerdenver.com


The vibe is energetic under the old Olinger Mortuary sign on the rooftop of this LoHi eatery, where drinks are served from a vintage RV that somehow managed to park three stories up from the streets below. The views are great and the food is better; build a meal from a selection of international street food or just stick to creative cocktails on a balmy summer night.

The rooftop patio at Los Chingones.EXPAND
The rooftop patio at Los Chingones.
Los Chingones

Los Chingones

2463 Larimer Street, 303-295-0686
10155 East 29th Drive, 303-975-6166
loschingonesmexican.com


Troy Guard opened his stylish taqueria at the end of 2013, ten blocks and a world away from his flagship eatery, TAG. A rooftop table affords views of downtown and the teeming sidewalks below as you dig into guacamole, ceviche, tacos and an incredible roster of cocktails from a bar almost completely devoted to tequila. Grab a stool and enjoy the view of rapidly gentrifying Larimer Street. Not all of Guard's Los Chingones eateries have rooftop views, but for something a little more sedate, you can relax with the same great food on the deck at the Stapleton outpost.

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