American Bonded2706 Larimer Street
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.
Avanti Food & Beverage3200 Pecos Street
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 House2100 West Littleton Boulevard, Littleton
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.
Briar Common Brewery & Eatery2298 Clay Street
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 Goat846 Broadway
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.