There’s nothing like enjoying a drink on a beautiful patio during summer. And if the patio is far above the fray, well, all the better.
It’s hard to deny the appeal of the rooftop patio: It offers that thirst-quenching drink—plus amazing views of the city and spectacular sunsets, and the relief that comes from escaping the hustle and bustle of the crowds below.
Denver has a host of options, including the following suggested by 5280 magazine:
Tap Fourteen, 1920 Blake St.: Beer lovers will find this foam-tastic patio on the rooftop of Hayter’s & Co., along with its awesome choice of 70 Colorado draft beers. Don’t love beer? Not to worry: You can order one of 50 Colorado-made whiskeys instead. 5280 offers one warning: “The south-facing beer garden is downright dripping in sunshine come summer so bring the SPF.” As for drinks, 5280 recommends the Platte Park Peach Guava Snowdance IPA.
The Woods, 3330 Brighton Boulevard: Eight floors up, this bar and restaurant is very much out of the woods— and high enough to see the city skyline below and beautiful mountain views. “The wraparound terrace is our favorite perch, but even indoor tables share the views thanks to massive windowed garage doors,” notes 5280. Its drink recommendation: Frosé.
The Fainting Goat Pub, 846 Broadway: This spot “proves that sometimes the best rooftops aren’t new and flashy,” notes 5280. This patio atop the long-standing Irish pub overlooks the mountains but allows for people-watching on the street below, as well. “The beer list is also pretty solid, but the grub is worth checking out, too (try the Spicyaki wings),” suggests 5280. Drink recommendation: Pickle Shot.
Death & Co’s The Garden, 1280 25th St.: No surprise that this rooftop oasis is to die for. In fact, it “could be the most magical” in town, notes 5280. Located on the second floor of the bar, the patio is “filled with foliage and fairy lights, not to mention drinks with a more summery, tropical flair.” Drink recommendation: Fantastic Planet.