There are few things better in this world than a glass of wine paired with a nice outdoor patio. Colorado's booming restaurant market has left us with tons of great patios right in our backyard, and we're not complaining. Here are some of The Dime's favorites:
Alehouse at Almato’s ($$)
2501 16th St., Denver
Just one of the many ventures by Breckenridge Brewery, Alehouse offers impressive views of downtown Denver – unencumbered by the hi-rises that have begun sprouting up around the highlands area. The picture-perfect surroundings pair well with their killer burgers and local brews.
500 E. Alameda Ave., Denver
Known for their unique farm to table cuisine, Bittersweet continues the home grown vibe onto their patio where edible flowers, herbs and vegetables grow. This urban oasis comes with a menu that changes seasonally – just be aware of the hefty price tag.
Platte River Bar and Grill ($$)
5995 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
Looking for more of a laid-back vibe? Platte River is a biker bar with ample outdoor seating (300+), live music, and 15 beers on tap. It also has an impressive happy hour every day from 2pm-6pm and 11pm-close.
Kona Grill ($$-$$$)
3000 E. 1st Ave., Denver
If you judge a patio based on the crowds it attracts, then Kona Grill has to be a top contender. Fire pits and outdoor heaters make this a popular spot all year long – if for no other reason than its' inexpensive happy hour (including sushi selections) that is only available on the patio or at the bar.
Fuel Café ($$-$$$)
3455 Ringsby Court, Denver
In what was once an off-the-beaten path location (Fuel Café took over the old Yellow Cab headquarters in the RiNo neighborhood), is now a sought out dining hotspot. Garage doors connect the indoors with the out and surrounding gardens help add to the ambiance.
Ace Eat Serve ($$)
501 E. 17th Ave.
The brainchild of the same crew that started Vesta Dipping Grill and Steuben’s, Ace boasts a large patio and seven (yes, seven) ping pong tables. This is one spot where you can go for a drink and end up hanging out all night.
My Brother’s Bar ($)
2376 15th St., Denver
This is one patio I haven’t tried out myself, but reviews from Westword and 5280 Magazine convinced me that this is one that shouldn’t be left off the list. I can vouch for the food – their burgers are delicious and the prices are more than reasonable.
Forest Room 5 ($$)
2532 15th St., Denver
The name for this popular highlands spot says it all – you’ll feel as if you’ve been plucked from the city and placed smack dab in the middle of a forest. With reasonably priced menu items and fire pits for colder nights, it’s certainly worth checking out.
We know the restaurant scene is changing all the time. If you have a new or updated patio you love, let us know! Leave a comment below.
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