Food & Drink

The Best Rooftop Bars in Denver

Updated On 06/01/2017 at 04:29PM EST Updated On 06/01/2017 at 04:29PM EST
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FIRE Terrace at the ART Hotel

Civic Center

This hotel has a curated collection of local art that you should explore whether you're a guest or a local (guided tours are available to the public), but you don't need to have an art degree to appreciate the FIRE Terrace. Though it's only four floors up, you get views of bustling Broadway below and the Museum District while enjoying creative cocktails. Get there early to snag a semi-private lounge area of your own, complete with a kickass glowing fire.

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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Five Points

WTF is both this spot's nickname and something you'll be saying to yourself as you wonder what took you so long to find this rooftop retreat near both Coors Field and Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And there's no need to settle for typical sports bar fare because they've upped that game with creative comfort food like seared tuna tacos and buffalo cauliflower. So whether you're coming to watch the game on one of their big screen TVs or just want to sample the 90+ whiskeys, WTF's rooftop is a sure thing.

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Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar

Glendale

For over 20 years, Jax's four Colorado locations have been bringing the coast a little closer with their fresh seafood. But it's the Glendale location you need to head to for views unlike any other in the area. Not only can you watch the sunset over the mountains, you can also order the entire full menu on the rooftop (including happy hour favorites like kimchi fish cake sliders and peel 'n' eat shrimp). Pair those bites with summer-ready cocktails like the vodka-spiked strawberry lemonade and you'll be glad you skipped the crowds downtown for this spot further south.

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The Tavern Platt Park

Platt Park

There are nine locations of this popular eatery and bar all over the Mile High, but we're fans of its newest addition in Platt Park because its rooftop adds a whole lot of prime drinking space to this small neighborhood. The spacious patio is made for happy-hour meet-ups and features 24 craft beers on tap and discounts on appetizers -- like their popular pork wings served tossed in chipotle sauce.

The Pioneer

University of Denver

This is truly a college bar so there's no craft cocktail program to be found. It's a little divey, a lot relaxed, and completely unpretentious. Come here for cheap drinks and solid Mexican-inspired dishes that are made for soaking up all the tequila from that second (or was that the third?) $4 margarita you just ordered.

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Izakaya Den

Pearl Street

The entire interior of this perennial favorite for fancy nights out is a work of art, including the top floor where you'll find the Ten Qoo sky bar with a retractable glass ceiling and the rooftop patio. The food and drinks are as impressive as the design details, with a large menu of small plates that are ideal for sampling and sharing. This place also would make a great date night go-to.

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Ale House at Amato's

Highlands

Even as Denver expands, the Downtown views at this happy hour hotspot have remained phenomenal. And pairing said views with a large selection of craft brews -- both local and imported -- is the epitome of a perfect way to spend time in the Mile High. Plus, you don't have to shy away on those cooler-than-normal nights because the rooftop also has heaters.

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Linger

Highlands

Yes, Linger used to have a better view, which is now partially blocked due to new buildings that went up in 2015. But no, we aren't irate about that. Mostly because we still get access to a rooftop where we can order Linger's global street food-inspired eats like lemongrass pork potstickers. Oh, and those cocktails that are served out of the retro RV-turned-bar that sits on top of this former mortuary cum dining favorite. And don't sleep on their brunch, which is served on the rooftop all summer long.

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ViewHouse

Centennial & Ballpark

Any place with "view" in its name better live up to the promise, and both ViewHouse won't disappoint. One is Downtown, close enough to Coors Field to be your go-to for pre- and post-game shenanigans, and the other is in Denver's southern suburbs where mountain views are the focus. Both feature huge rooftops with plenty of space for the crowds that frequently gather there. In fact, the rooftop area is so big, it's often used for yoga classes, movie showings, and other events.

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Historians Ale House

Speer

Each month, a different craft brewery is featured on a few of the 40 taps here, and during brunch you can score $10 bottomless mimosas. If you're lucky enough to get out for a weekday lunch, you can snag their $5.95 burger, fries, and draft beer special. And even if you don't catch any specials, their regular prices -- like the atmosphere -- are easy-going.

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Jackson's

Ballpark

This quintessential sports bar is the biggest in Downtown and features the largest rooftop patio in Denver. It also comes with a close-up view of Coors Field across the street and 40 flat screen TVs so you can catch all the action during games. The rooftop's recent renovations are almost complete, so even if you've been to the top of this behemoth bar before, be sure to check it out again this summer during one of their events which include late-night dance parties, oyster eating and shucking contests, bikini contests, and corn hole tournaments.

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The Rooftop at Coors Field

Ballpark

You can't get any closer to Coors Field than this. Inside the stadium, the Rooftop is a 38,000sqft area in upper right field where you'll find Tavern Ballpark, CHUBurger Colorado Craft Casual Grill, and the Jack Daniel's Terrace Bar. Despite the price of ballpark beers, enjoying them with panoramic views of downtown and the mountains makes it worth it. And if you want to score a deal, catch the drink specials like $3 Coors and Coors Light drafts that are available two hours before the scheduled first pitch. Anyone with a ticket to the game can access The Rooftop, so don't miss out next time you're cheering on the Rockies.

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Los Chingones

RiNo

Salsa flights and sunshine? Duh. You'll find all that and more at this popular Mexican eatery that’s serving up things like fried Anaheim relleno with local goat cheese, apple salsa, pinto bean puree, tres pigs nachos, and a slew of tequila and mezcal-based cocktails that go way beyond the basic margarita. The rooftop? It's basically a bonus at this point.

Departure Elevated

Departure Elevated

Cherry Creek

The latest addition to Denver’s rooftop scene sits atop the Halcyon Hotel and has plenty of space for anyone looking for a sunshine-soaked cocktail experience. Take the dedicated elevator from the hotel lobby to reach views of both the mountains and Downtown. This bar is ideal for pre- or post-meal drinks if you’re dining at Departure downstairs, or you can sample the rooftop’s daily dim sum specials. Options will rotate, but expect to find choices like steamed buns and poke alongside rooftop-exclusive cocktails with an Asian twist. Our pick? The Tao of Tanuki with takara shochu spiked with lime, watermelon, chili salt, and basil.