The Pioneer
Connor Green/Thrillist
Vita
Forrest Room 5
Star Bar
Connor Green/Thrillist
Connor Green/Thrillist
Brandon Poff
Tamayo
Connor Green/Thrillist
Connor Green/Thrillist
Gibby's Big Backyard
Connor Green/Thrillist
Steuben's Food Service
Ratio Beerworks
James Florio Photography
Connor Green
Jill Houser
ViewHouse
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1. The Pioneer 2401 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210

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.

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2. Cold Crush 2700 Larimer St, Denver, CO (Northwest)

Shying away from typical deep-fried bar food with a complete Juice Bar and fresh ingredient initiative, this new restaurant/bar/lounge/artist venue is the place for visitors to let their mind wander over a local brew. Regulars will notice the mural on the wall changing on a regular basis, courtesy of local artists.

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3. Kaos Pizzeria 1439 S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 (Southwest)

Over 30+ different styles of classic Italian pizza grace the menu at Kaos Pizzeria, from prosciutto to margherita and a local brew list from Odell, Left Hand, or Prost doesn’t hurt either. And, the patio is molte bene! Meaning its Italy incarnate with its lush vine adorned walkways, cobblestone paths, and patio kitchen that fills the air with aromas of fresh baked Neapolitan style pizzas.

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4. Vita 1575 Boulder St, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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.

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5. Forest Room 5 2532 15th St, Denver, CO 80205

A center for music, art and film, Forest Room 5 is certainly an interesting spot to spend a night at. The highlight: the patio is as much as a wild life refuge as it is an outdoor seating area. There are fire pits, babbling brooks, and secluded tree-lined alcoves that makes your forget you are actually in the Lo-Hi.

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6. Star Bar 2137 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Lodo)

A welcome dive among all the large party warehouses in LoDo, Star Bar has their fair share of Colorado craft beers and tasty 'tails. They have karaoke on Thursday nights, Skee- ball, and an outdoor bar/ lounge area equipped with adult slushies. The bartenders are also wayyy more knowledgeable than your average dive bar drink slingers.

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7. Yazoo Barbeque Company 2150 Broadway, Denver, CO (Five Points)

Head to Yazoo in Five Points for some of the best St. Louis-style pork ribs and smoked chicken wings you'll have in Denver. If you're looking to turn things up a legally-reckless notch, try out some of their Sign a Disclaimer Hot sauce and see what you're made of (other than sweat, tears, and regret).

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8. Agave Taco Bar 2217 E Mississippi Ave, Denver, CO 80210 (Wash Park)

Agave Taco Bar is offering up a ton of new, eclectic taco options (squid ink taco! veggie options!), as well as an impressive list of daily aguas frescas.

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9. Tavern Uptown 538 E 17th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Tavern Uptown has lots of chorizo, beer, and brunch-related grub that will make you happy you got out of bed.

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10. The Horseshoe Lounge 414 E 20th Ave, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Horseshoe's awesomely divey vibe includes a killer juke that runs from punk, to "country your grandpa listened to", to special bartender mixes (old-school rap, metal, etc.), all of which provides a perfect soundtrack to playing pinball, arcade games, and pool.

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11. The Thin Man 2015 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80206

The Thin Man is a drinker’s bar and the patio makes it an outdoor drinkers bar. The space is large and the seating doesn’t get fancier than a ripped out back seat to a van. But once you pass through one of the most stylish dive bars in Denver, you actually prefer it that way.

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12. Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew 2810 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

This brewery and taproom features a selection of ales crafted from locally sourced ingredients, with 100% of the barley used coming from Colorado farms. Outdoor seating is available, and the building that the taproom occupies was formerly an ice cream shop.

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13. The Populist 3163 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Located in Denver's Five Points neighborhood, The Populist is an American restaurant perfecting the craft of the small (er) plate (no entree-sized meals). With menu items like the seared kalbi short ribs with soy braised burdock avocado puree and herb papaya salad, and powerhouse, distinctive cocktails, you may find smaller can be better.

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14. Tamayo 1400 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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15. The Matchbox 2625 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

Inside The Matchbox you'll find a cozy-yet-still-industrial vibe, complemented by a retracting garage door in the front that provides an opening to indoor/outdoor drinking when the weather's right. There're cheap drinks, a back patio, and a bocce court for your enjoyment!

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16. Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St, Denver, CO 80206

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.

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17. Ignite! Fire-Crafted Food + Rooftop Bar 2124 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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18. Fourteen Seventy-Two 1472, South Pearl Street, Denver, CO 80210 (Platt Park)

Enjoy a seafood-saturated menu full of Cajun/ Caribbean/ African flavors at this South Carolina-inspired "low country" grub spot and watering hole.

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19. World of Beer 660 S Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80246

Finding a wide selection of craft beer at a nightlife chain is rarer than not finding $3.99 DVDs of Jingle All The Way at a homewares chain. But it's happening at WoB's Cherry Creek location, which's completely dedicated to craft beer, offering 500+ bottles & cans -- hailing from as far as Germany as close as, well, here -- in brightly lit fridges lining the walls, plus 50 taps, some of which are Belgian ultra-rarities.

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20. Gibby's Big Backyard 1555 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80012

If you are going to throw “big backyard” into your name you better be packing some serious real estate in the rear. When you grab a cold one from one of their 12 rotating taps and maybe order up a round of fried mushrooms, make your way to the back and bear witness to one of the largest outdoor areas in the city. Gibby’s Big Backyard in Aurora not only has ample seating but they also have two sand volleyball courts for all your bump, set, and spike needs.

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21. Illegal Pete's South Broadway 270 South Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (Speer)

The only thing you probably wish you had after eating one of Illegal Pete’s rather large burrito’s is more room for your expanding waistline, which is probably what they had in mind when they opened their South Broadway location a couple years ago. The patio at this location is massive and offers up tables galore for you and your buds to gorge, regret, and repeat.

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22. Denver Beer Company 1695 Platte St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

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.

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23. My Brother's Bar 2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Highland)

My Brother's Bar, off 15th and Platte, is a city institution that has been pouring booze for Beat Gen folks like Neal Cassady (who still has a tab there) and plenty of other thirsty Denverites forever. MBB also flips a mean burger -- pair that with a solid beer list, and it's no surprise this place is still going strong.

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24. Steuben's Food Service 523 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

Steuben's, an old-school diner with sophistication, serves good ol' American comfort food in Uptown Denver. Class it up with a cayenne etouffee or get down and dirty with some gravy fries.

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25. Los Chingones 2461 Larimer Street #102, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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26. The Kitchen [Next Door] 1035 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302 (Boulder)

The Kitchen [Next Door] has a community-minded philosophy driven by a simple but elegant menu and a casual environment. Stop by for a drink, a meal, and bring the kids ($2 of every kids meal is donated to help plant gardens in local schools).

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27. Ratio Beerworks 2920 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

The beers at Ratio Beerworks are bringing in the fans but the big, dog friendly side patio is creating the regulars. The usual always-beer-in-hand yard games are available for constant entertainment and consumption and both shaded and unshaded seats are there for your choice of sunny or no-sunny comfort.

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28. Izakaya Den 1487A S Pearl St, Denver, CO 80210 (Southwest)

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.

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29. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar 1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202 (Lodo)

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.

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30. Linger 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211 (Highland)

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.

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31. Ace Eat Serve 501 E 17th Ave, Denver, CO 80203 (Uptown)

High-energy hot spot in an old garage for pan-Asian chow, cocktails & table tennis, plus juice bar.

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32. ViewHouse 2015 Market St, Denver, CO 80205 (Five Points)

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.

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