Patio of the Day

Life's a Beach: Emerald Isle Restaurant

Driving back up Parker Road after a long, hot day on the southestern plains Saturday, the temptation to brake for the Emerald Isle was almost overwhelming. Not just because the bar itself is such a classic roadhouse -- but because the patio behind it may just be the closest Denver comes to an actual beach. But who needs a beach -- all that sand! and those mosquitos! -- when the deck is this expansive, and the view of Cherry Creek Reservoir as refreshing as any ocean breeze.

The Emerald Isle happy hour only runs from 3-6 p.m. on weekdays, but we can guarantee that almost any hour you spend on this patio will be a happy one. Land ho!

Emerald Isle Restaurant 4385 South Parker Road Aurora 303-690-3722

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
Contact: Patricia Calhoun