The ten best patios in Denver for saying goodbye to summer
Fall begins on Sunday, so there's no time to waste: Get out and enjoy one of the town's great outdoor eating/drinking areas this weekend. We've been profiling some of our favorite patios this summer, extolling the joys of al fresco beers and sun on our shoulders. Now, in honor of the changing seasons, we're saluting the ten best places to say goodbye to summer. And as an added bonus, most have firepits, so you can enjoy them long into the autumn chill.
Here, in no particular order, are our picks.
218 South Broadway
Whatever the Colorado sky decides to throw at us this fall, you'll find safe harbor at Adrift, a traditional tiki bar that has the ability to take you back to balmy summer nights, whether you're inside the vibrant, tropical bar or outside on one of the two patios. The tiny oasis out back comes complete with a fire pit, perfect for enjoying a shareable, rum-heavy punch bowl or a Trader Vic's-inspired classic Mai Tai.
9) Forest Room 5
2532 15th Street
Forest Room 5's woodland feel translates well to the changing seasons -- the birch bark wallpaper and expansive rustic tables of the interior are a welcome invitation to come in and keep warm, while outside, a sheltered patio glows with an ever-blazing fire pit and the occasional movie screening. An ample beer and wine list complement an inventive lineup of cocktails, including the Kubrick Manhattan, which blends Stranahan's, maple syrup, sweet vermouth, bitters and a cherry.
1365 Osage Street
Domo, the hidden gem that serves up country-style Japanese comfort food in a traditional (and very tranquil) Japanese garden, is an ideal setting for pondering the changing seasons over a steaming bowl of noodles, a plate of the Wanko sushi speciality and an array of pastoral side dishes. And sake, of course. Weatherpermitting, the garden stays open for lunch and dinner throughout the fall.
7) Roostercat Coffee House
1045 Lincoln Street
Although Roostercat's skyline-facing rooftop patio can only be enjoyed for so much longer, the coffeehouse boasts a cozy front patio with two blazing fire pits that are perfect for enjoying warm fall days (and nights, this place is open late!). Added bonuses: coffee from local Coda roasters, plenty of wifi, a generous gluten-free menu and those popular waffle sandwiches.
6) Ale House at Amato's
2501 16th Street
Ale House at Amato's was built for perpetual, season-defying enjoyment: The Breckenridge/Wynkoop establishments boasts two patios with awe-inspiring views of downtown Denver, and the rooftop patio stays comfortable for imbibers with a welcoming fire pit. Regardless of the time of year, this Highland staple attracts a crowd with its Breckenridge beer list, weekend brunches, and reliable roster of pub food.