Deciding which Mile High patios are the best in town is no easy task, but the decision to spend your Summer inhaling the Rocky Mountain air (and beer) at an outdoor bar certainly is, which is why you should leave the tough choices to us and consult this unimpeachable list of the best patios, which will free up so much more drinking time!
Thrillist's Patio Power Rank: The Seven finest outdoor drinking spots in Denver
7. Gary Lee's Motor Club & Grub
176 S Broadway; Southwest; 303.282.4782
It's a bit of a hike down South Broadway, but the journey's worth it to soak up the sun Sheryl Crow-style (except less annoying) and inhale their beloved BBQ. While the beer list is nothing to sneeze at, 'tails like the Whiskey Lavender Sage make for a refreshing pick when the patio calls your name.
2124 Larimer St; Five Points; 303.296.2600
A bumping rooftop above Larimer provides Ballpark crowds with plenty to love, including Giant Summer Pitchers of margaritas or mojitos, 12 taps, and their beloved house-made sweet/ spicy bacon called man candy (tasty!). The music and the people who frequent the place can get quite loud, if you care about that sort of thing/have a sensitive hearing aid.
2015 Market St; Five Points; 720.878.2015
Right around the corner from Coors Field, ViewHouse's multi-level rooftops offer 360-degree views of the city, and street-level AstroTurf on which to play bocce ball. Claustrophobics need not go, as this place packs in the Ballpark faithful.
4. Denver Beer Company
1695 Platte St; Highland; 303.433.2739
Cafeteria-style seating outside on Platte St make it a bustling, fun hangout on any nice day or night, and the award-winning beers don't hurt either. Rotating food trucks stationed outside make for great pairings, but if you're a creature of comfort, the constantly changing beers and trucks make decisions tough.
3. Ale House at Amato's
2501 16th St; Highland; 303.623.2738
You simply cannot beat the skyline views at night from this enduring Highland hotspot (on the rooftop, or at the urinal... seriously), packed with 42 taps from Breck/ Wynkoop and other top locals. Pub food's middle of the road, but the beers and 'tails keep people coming back.
2. Vine Street Pub & Brewery
1700 Vine St; Northeast; 303.388.2337
A low-key crowd sitting on comfortable outdoor wire-chair seating, some of the better microbrews in CO on tap, hearty pub eats, cornhole matches, and the ability to relax in a welcoming neighborhood spot makes Vine St a can't miss. One minor qualm is that if you don't like Mountain Sun's brews, there's not a whole lot else. If you do like them, you're set!
501 E 17th Ave; Northwest; 303.800.7705
Nothing beats Ace's patio scene, as its 17th Ave location offers prime people-watching, cocktails with house-made sodas, killer Asian cuisine, and outdoor ping pong tables for nerds to show they can play "sports" too.
1. Gary Lee176 South Broadway, Denver
2. Ignite! Fire-Crafted Food + Rooftop Bar2124 Larimer St, Denver
3. ViewHouse2015 Market St, Denver
4. Denver Beer Company1695 Platte St, Denver
5. Ale House at Amato's2501 16th St, Denver
6. Ace501 E 17th Ave, Denver
7. Vine Street Pub & Brewery1700 Vine St, Denver
Gary Lee's pouring local beers, plus dishing out smoked meats, comfort food, AND jalapeno-spiced bar nuts (suck it boring old-school bar nuts!).
Ignite's a 4800sqft "urban gastropub" with great views, and a wood-fired oven that burns at 700 degrees to crank out all sorts of hearty eats like buffalo meatloaf, wood-roasted herb chicken, mac 'n cheese, and various burgers.
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.
In addition to its selection of regular favorites, DBC features a rolling lineup of varietals that vary with each season, ensuring that there's always something new to try. The Barrel Room next door can be used as a special event space for birthdays, anniversaries (if you're that kind of couple), or just a good old-fashioned beer bash.
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.
The eclectic Asian cuisine here -- think Korean BBQ ribs, steamed bao buns, and dim sum -- might be good, but the ping-pong and huge outdoor patio is really what draws crowds. Tables can be rented by the hour, and you're encouraged to try one of the house-made sodas, or local and Asian beers (Asahi, Tiger, Singha) while waiting for your table.
A subsidiary of the Mountain Sun Restaurant Group (Pearl Street's popular pub), Vine Street offers a solid selection of microbrews on tap, as well as delicious pub fare. Just like its extensive collection of housemade craft beers, the interior design here is wholly custom-tailored as well, and features abstract and colorful murals, overhead piping painted with vines, and a patio designated for cornhole matches.