Ten best patios on the 16th Street Mall

Categories: Best of Denver

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Source: thekitchencommunity.com
Denver's 16th Street Mall is turning thirty this year -- and it's never looked better. This mile-long pedestrian oasis runs through the heart of downtown and is filled with shopping, dining and entertainment options. But the very best way to enjoy it is sitting at one of the outdoor patios that line the stretch, enjoying a snack, a drink (or three) and the best people-watching in the city. Here, in no particular order, are the ten best patios on the 16th Street Mall. Get out and enjoy them before the weather turns.

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10. Yard House, 1555 Court Place
Sometimes you need a yard-high glass of beer, and with the world's largest selection of draft beer, the Yard House patio is one of your best bets on the 16th Street Mall -- especially if you're just getting out of work in one of the nearby buildings. Check out the limited draft list and bottle offerings while enjoying the frenzied energy of the post-work crowd.

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9. Marlowe's, 501 16th Street
By day, Marlowe's is a place where deals are made and hands are shaken -- but in the late afternoon, this turns into a happy-hour haven, packed with downtown professionals and mall strollers. The fun continues long into the night, due to an extended happy hour with half-price draft beers and martini specials.

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8. Tilted Kilt, 1201 16th Street
Let's be honest: The tubes of beer, garlic fries and platters of fish and chips are a draw -- but people are really coming for the servers dressed like Catholic-school dropouts. For some, it doesn't get any better than hanging out on a sprawling patio in the sunshine and being taken care of by the cast of Britney Spears's "Baby One More Time" video. And for others, there are plenty of distracting flat-screens.


Location Info

Good Times Drive Thru Burgers

150 Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO

Category: Restaurant

Marlowe's

501 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Tilted Kilt

1201 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Earls Restaurant

1600 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Brava! Pizza

16th and Arapahoe Sts., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Ambria - CLOSED

1201 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Paramount Cafe

519 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Illegal Pete's

1530 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Kitchen

1530 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

Lucky Pie Pizza & Tap House

1610 16th St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant


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10 comments
Michael564
Michael564

Yradhouse: "limited draft list"? With over 30 taps, they have more drafts than any other bar in downtown Denver not called Falling Rock. How many more taps do you want?

 

Nice list, but agree with tomboy -- Katie's has a rocking patio!

tomboy01
tomboy01

Nothing beats the vibe at Katie Mullens when the Clamdaddys are playing

Mantonat
Mantonat topcommenter

I'm not a fan of outdoor dining where vehicle traffic is within an arm's length of the edge of the patio (like that picture of Lucky Pie). Nor do I care for outdoor seating at venues where the interior ambiance is one of the highlights of the dining experience (like the Kitchen). I'd much rather sit inside and enjoy good service and atmosphere than sit outside someplace where the staff forgets about you, where the traffic drowns out your conversation, or where panhandlers have no qualms about hovering over your table and asking if you're planning on finishing your pizza.

Earls Restaurant Downtown Denver
Earls Restaurant Downtown Denver

Thanks Denver Westword for the shout out! And the picture you have is just the tip of the iceberg as we also have 15 more tables upstairs on our second floor patio!

Dinnerforsix
Dinnerforsix

What a challenge and that's just 10 patios on the Mall - there are so many great patios in Denver where does one begin - I guess one beer at a time.

Robert

MelissaS6
MelissaS6

I love Cholon's patio. Perfect location for people watching.

katya
katya

I really enjoy Rialto Cafe's patio.  Perfectly shaded in the afternoon. 

mattsy
mattsy

This is basically just listing all 10 patios on 16th.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

 @mattsy actually, when we went out to research this -- it was inspired by our piece on Willie G's last month, which has a great patio that didn't make the list -- we were surprised by how very many more patios there are now on 16th....

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