Patio of the Day

You're a Good Patio: Charlie Brown's

Summertime, and the living is breezy. Denver diners and drinkers are obsessed with patios -- and restaurateurs are obsessed with giving them what they want. Whether it's just a couple of chairs stuck out on the sidewalk or acres of elaborate decks, almost every joint in town has an outdoor option. So through the summer, we'll be sharing some of our favorites.

Charlie Brown's is a Denver institution. From its spot tucked into the side of the Colburn Hotel, it's been refueling Denverites for more than seven decades -- and while the cigarette ban has stymied so many Colorado restaurants, Charlie Brown's patios are smoking! That's because the owners have figured out how to make the double layers of decks into quasi-enclosed rooms, and still fit within the letter of the law (or at least not catch the attention of the law).

As a result, this may be the only place in town where you can order a double Bloody Mary with a side of eggs at 9 a.m. on a temp-controlled patio, and enjoy them with your first cigarette of the day. And we guarantee it's the only place in town where the outdoor patio is filled at 2 p.m. on a Monday with office-workers all playing hooky -- many of whom will no doubt still be there ten hours from now.

You're a good patio, Charlie Brown's.

Charlie Brown's Bar & Grille 980 Grant St. Denver, CO 80203 303-860-1655

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