If there's one thing that unites literally all Coloradans, it's a love for the outdoors. But booze clocks in at a close second. So of course, combining the two is the perfect way to unwind in Denver. All these rooftop bars are unbeatable places where you can sip the night away while enjoying fresh air, scenic views, and generally happy people who will undoubtedly keep muttering, “Man, I love this weather!”
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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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.
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.
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.
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. And we like it that way. Come here for cheap drinks and solid Mexican-inspired eats that are made for soaking up all the tequila from that second (or was that the third?) $4 margarita you just ordered.
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 should be your date night go-to. You can thank us later.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, Tamayo is still a popular spot for modern Mexican eats. The space is often rented out for private events, but when it's not, be sure to head upstairs. The entire area is heated and has a retractable roof, so even if the weather's not cooperating, you can still enjoy margaritas on the deck. Your best bet to snag a seat with a view? Head here for their $39 bottomless brunch (which includes both food and cocktails).
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.
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.
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.
Somehow, even in the middle of the Highlands, this restaurant manages to stay under the radar, which means you won't have to deal with an overcrowded, loud space where you have to yell to “talk.” However, on Wednesdays, this rooftop bar turns into a concert venue as they host live music weekly throughout summer. Aside from that, you have happy hour that runs till 6pm all week long so you can score two-for-one deals on martinis and appetizers -- like the decadently baked brie while enjoying the last hours of daylight.
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1. Fire1201 Broadway St, Denver
2. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot2907 Huron St , Denver
3. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar1539 17th St, Denver
4. Tavern Platte Park1475 S Pearl St, Denver
5. The Pioneer2401 S University Blvd, Denver
6. Izakaya Den1487A S Pearl St, Denver
7. Ale House at Amato's2501 16th St, Denver
8. Linger2030 W 30th Ave, Denver
9. ViewHouse2015 Market St, Denver
10. Historians Ale House24 Broadway, Denver
11. Tamayo1400 Larimer St, Denver
12. Jackson's Denver1520 20th St, Denver
13. The Rooftop at Coors Field2001 Blake St, Denver
14. Los Chingones2461 Larimer Street #102, Denver
15. Vita1575 Boulder St, Denver
FIRE, a restaurant in the ART Hotel, offers elevated New American cuisine in its restaurant, lounge, and on its terrace. Dinner items include a bison tartare, foie gras, salmon crudo, rainbow trout, prime filet, and wild salmon caponata.
Ninety whiskeys, 30 beers on tap, and elevated, home-style food set this place apart from typical sports bars.
Jax Fish House probably catches and releases into your stomach some of the best seafood in Denver, if not the state. If given the opportunity to dine on the rooftop patio, do not waste the opportunity, ever.
There are tons of locations of this popular eatery and bar all over the Mile High, but we're fans of the Platt Park location 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 the popular pork wings served tossed in chipotle sauce.
This neighborhood place in south Denver should be your go-to spot for intense Denver sunshine and $3.50 margaritas. The patio around this DU watering hole offers plenty of space that make competing for seats with college kids a little easier, especially if you show up at 3pm for the start of happy hour and avoid the riff raff.
Across the street from its sister restaurant Sushi Den on Pearl, ID's dishing out Japanese eats like cod stew, Wagyu beef carpaccio, and whole(y) mackerels.
Pouring all sorts of local, craft beers in Highland, Ale House also has upscale pub fare -- Buffalo meatloaf, pulled pork sandwiches, grilled duck leg -- and specialty 'tails.
If you think an ex-mortuary can't serve up some killer apothecary-esque cocktails, you're dead wrong. Ok, ok, but seriously, the views at Root Down's fancy sister spot are spectacular, and with a rooftop patio and dinner menu featuring gourmet dishes from around the world, you will definitely be tempted to linger.
ViewHouse's roof deck overlooks Coors Field so you can take it 360 degree views of Denver, while taking down pub food like burgers or chicken and waffles, then wash it down with the craft beers on tap.
Historian's is a great place to kick back with quality grub, and even better brew.
This Larimer Square spot is a culinary canvas on which Chef Richard Sandoval blends earthy flavors of his native Mexico with creative cooking techniques to craft Tamayo’s modern Mexican cuisine. The substantial menu consists of starters, soups and salads, tacos, enchiladas, chef specials like chicken mole poblano and grilled striped bass wrapped in corn husk, and guacamoles, including traditional, bacon, tuna tartare, and spicy crab varieties. Equally extensive is the tequila collection (there are over 100 options); opt for homemade serrano- or prickly pear-infused tequila, or, if you’re like us and can’t choose just one, order a flight like the Casamigos, a trio of blanco, reposado, and añejo.
Since the neighboring Coor's Field threw its first pitch in 1996, Jackson's has been wetting the whistles of many a Denverites. This bar offers daily specials and the largest outdoor rooftop patio in the Mile High city.
You can't get any closer to Coors Field than this. Inside the stadium, the Rooftop is a 38,000sqft area in the upper right field where you'll find plenty of food and drink vendors. 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.
Located in downtown RiNo, Los Chignons is a bi-level, modern Mexican restaurant and lounge from Colorado Restaurateur Troy Guard. The contemporary taqueria features creative and unexpected Mexican street snacks and cocktails like salsa flights, pig ear nachos, and octopus tacos, and a tequila cocktail with Mexican coke... and pop rocks. You can stick to the basics in food and drink -- vegetarian options are also on offer -- or take an adventure into Guard’s “badass Mexican” cuisine with a Beergarita (it is exactly as it sounds) to accompany your rattlesnake chorizo queso fundido.
Vita is the type of place that makes you wish you had 50+ friends. Their patio offers the space for such social groups and a bar program that is sure to please any and everyone. Grab a classic Manhattan or Martini from the conveniently placed patio bar that’s mere steps away from just about any seat.