Denverites know that there’s no better place to spend a summer night than in the fresh air, on a patio, with a drink in hand. The beer tastes a little colder and the wine more full-bodied. The only thing that can energize a bar patio more than titillating conversation is live music. Before summer’s over, drink and dance under the moonlight on one of these Denver rooftops and patios to the sounds of a live band or killer DJ.
From killer views and plush seating to refreshing drinks and snacks, here are the best places to imbibe alfresco in the Mile High City this summer.
Perched on the 20th floor of the Le Meridian hotel in downtown Denver, the view from this fire pit-adorned rooftop is so impressive, the bar’s mixologists crafted a cocktail in its honor. Marvel at the view from the comfort of a cushioned chair, a plush couch, and even a cabana come late-July. Be sure to visit around sunset, when you can also enjoy discounted Champagne during the bar’s daily “golden hour” (7:30–8:30 p.m.). If bubbles aren’t your thing, try the #Thatviewthough cocktail, made with Titos vodka, Denver Beer Co’s Princess Yum Yum brew, chamomile tea syrup, lemon juice, and a garnish of star-shaped sprinkles. 1475 California St.
Liberati Restaurant & Brewery
Large parties will have no trouble scoring a spot on this expansive, 100-seat patio. Snag a few of the palatial deck chairs near the patio’s eight-foot Roman fountain, and order a growler of the eatery’s specialty oenobeers (translation: beers brewed with the addition of wine grapes). We suggest sharing the Short France, a Champagne-like beer brewed with luscious Pinot Noir grapes. The sparkling sipper pairs beautifully with Liberati’s charcuterie and cheese motherboard, which comes with house-made varieties like robiola and mozzarella as well as a few imported cheeses, grilled artichoke hearts, and sweet pepper jam. Post-feast, challenge your companions to a corn hole tournament, or simply wander around—just be careful not to get lost. 2401 Champa St..