303: MASTER GUIDE TO 100+ DENVER PATIOS
“Here in Denver, there is no shortage of concrete paradises for the people to hang out and relax in the sun. Every neighborhood has a multitude of patios, big and small, quiet and bustling.
We’ve rounded up a pretty good list of patios, organized into categories. It’s insane how many there are. Whether you want to work on your laptop with a coffee, take a long lunch break or go out on the town — there’s a patio(s) for that.
Let us know if we’re leaving any out, and we will add it on….
Breweries & Wineries
Vibe: This patio is just off of the main Broadway drag. Small, no frills, chill brewery. Bring your dog and order a beer at the window. Ten beers on tap, two mystery beers and kombucha which is free for DD’s.
*Bigsby’s Folly 3563 Wazee St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: Urban winery with a killer patio next to a flower and grape garden, settled by the railroad tracks on Wazee Street. Of course, there is wine but we have to mention the food menu — antipasto, appetizers, flatbreads and homemade desserts.
*Black Shirt Brewing 3719 Walnut St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: The name Black Shirt comes from the idea of ‘going against the grain’ and ‘standing out in the crowd,’ and their beer does. Johnny Cash said black shirts were his ‘symbol of rebellion.’ A small front patio and a large back patio which regularly hosts live music. Aside from beer, they serve pizzas and salads named after Johnny Cash songs.
The Block Distilling Co. 2990 Larimer St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: Chill, modern sidewalk patio on Larimer. Purveyor of vodka and gin. Enjoy cocktails made with fresh liquor from their in-house distillery.
*Blue Moon Brewing Company 3750 Chestnut Pl., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: We all know Blue Moon and its citrus goodness. Its RiNo brewery is just as delightful. In a tucked away area, it has a peaceful yet bustling patio. Check out where this stuff is made, have a beer and some grub.
*Briar Common Brewery + Eatery (allowed on lower patio) 2298 Clay St., Denver; Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
Vibe: Half covered, half shaded patio in a cozy neighborhood environment. Rustic, modern aesthetic. Focuses on American and Belgian style beers. Eclectic menu featuring steak poutine and a bibimbap bowl.
Cerebral Brewing 1477 Monroe St., Denver; Neighborhood: City Park
Vibe: Modern/hip brewery right off of Colfax. Rotating taps with interesting beer names like ‘Muscle Memory.’ Cute enclosed patio with string lights and a food truck always nearby.
*Copper Kettle Brewing Company 1338 S. Valentia St. #100; Neighborhood: Windsor
Vibe: Copper Kettle has seasonal beers and year-round beers on tap. The patio is a quiet, hidden oasis — relaxing spot for a cold one. A food truck is always around for hunger needs.
*Declaration Brewing Company 2030 S. Cherokee St., Denver; Neighborhood: Overland
Vibe: Spacious patio with an area of grass for cornhole playing and a food truck on site. Declaration is the only certified green brewery in Denver. It’s also Denver’s largest draft selection at a brewery.
*Denver Beer Co. 1695 Platte St., Denver; Neighborhood: The Highlands
Vibe: This patio believes in ‘the more dogs, the better.’ So if you love beer and dogs, this is your spot. Large beer selection and a different food truck every day.
*Fiction Beer Company 7101 E. Colfax Ave., Denver; Neighborhood: South Park Hill
Vibe: Huge patio with tons of seating, Jenga and cornhole. The beers are named after literary lines from famous books. The bar is made up of hard-cover books holding up the bartop.
*Great Divide Brewing Company 2201 Arapahoe St., Denver; Neighborhood: Ballpark
Vibe: Popular beer brand sold all over the country. Small sidewalk patio on a strip of downtown. Big selection of beer and lots of seasonal releases. Food trucks, brewery tours and beer to-go.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem 3200 Larimer St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: An Urban winery in the RiNo district. The wine is made in the back alley. The patio is huge, lounge-y and provides lots of shade. The bar has a few different wines on tap, canned wine and wine slushies.
*Little Machine Beer 2924 W. 20th Ave., Denver; Neighborhood: Jefferson Park
Vibe: Small patio on a neighborhood street, close to Mile High stadium. Futuristic aesthetic. Cool beer names like ‘The Socialist Millionaire Problem’ which is a pale ale. Beer-to-go and rotating food trucks.
*Lowdown Brewery + Kitchen 800 Lincoln St., Denver; Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Vibe: Gorgeous patio that’s very open with grass and trees. A great place to hang at nighttime due to ample lighting. Rotating beers and a large food menu including pizza and sandwiches. Dogs must be on a leash.
*Our Mutual Friend Brewing 2810 Larimer St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: If you enjoy being around lots of people while the traffic goes by, try out Our Mutual Friend Brewery. The patio is small, so we would suggest getting there early to claim a table outside.
Odell Brewing Company 2945 Larimer St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: Set in a century-old building, the brand new location for Odell feels like it’s been there all along. Come for classic beer styles the iconic brewery is known for, but stay for its RiNo-only experimental brews (and its two patios – including a rooftop oasis).
*Platt Park Brewing Co. 1875 S. Pearl St., Denver; Neighborhood: Platt Park
Vibe: A seriously chill neighborhood patio to sit and have a cold one. Unique beers and take-home growlers. Rotating food trucks.
*Prost Brewing Company 2540 19th St., Denver; Neighborhood: LoHi
Vibe: Brewery specializing in authentic German lager style beer. Good sized patio with picnic tables and views of the city skyline. A food truck is usually nearby.
*Ratio Beerworks 2920 Larimer St., Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: Big and aesthetically pleasing patio. Blue tables and chairs, gravel lot, trees and bar style seating. Open garage doors lightly blast music out to the patio. And really good beer.
*Renegade Brewing 9th Ave., Denver; Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Vibe: Brewery off of Santa Fe. Sidewalk patio that has a California vibe. An array of diverse beers, for example, the ‘Covfefe’ which is an oat ale.
*Spangalang Brewery 2736 Welton St., Denver; Neighborhood: Five Points
Vibe: Tucked in the parking lot behind Rosenberg’s Bagels is Spangalang Brewery. Cute patio out front with a few picnic tables. Several fruity beers.
*Station 26 Brewing Co. 70 E. 38th Ave., Denver; Neighborhood: Northeast Park Hill
Vibe: Brewery settled in an old fire station near the Stapleton area. Spacious and lively patio out front. ‘Order 26‘ food truck is parked every day from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
*Stem Ciders #150, 2235, 2811 Walnut St, Denver; Neighborhood: RiNo
Vibe: One of the few cideries in Denver, doesn’t disappoint. Delicious flavors like pear, raspberry and salted cucumber. Cool RiNo patio with picnic tables, string lights and a rotating food truck. Board games and trivia nights.
*Vine Street Pub & Brewery 1700 Vine St., Denver; Neighborhood: City Park West
Vibe: A brewery as well as a restaurant. Lively sidewalk patio on a quiet part of 17th Ave. Impressive food menu including mussels and wood-fired pizza. Dogs are allowed on the streetside of the fence.
*Woods Boss Brewing 2210 California St., Denver; Neighborhood: Five Points
Vibe: Small, cute brewery right outside of downtown with views of the skyscrapers. Sidewalk patio with picnic tables with a great city feel. Over 20 beers on tap as well as kombucha.
*Zuni Street Brewing Company 2355 W. 29th Ave., Denver; Neighborhood: The Highlands
Vibe: Fun patio playground with good beer in a neighborhood setting. Two patios are always better than one with a space out front near the street and the other is a fenced-in backyard environment. Rotating food trucks….”
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