Grab a drink and enjoy Colorado’s 300+ days of sunshine
Whether you’re looking for lunch or enjoying a craft beer as the sun sets, here’s our list of 10 must-try locations this season.
Get a little fun at Punchbowl Social Stapleton. Their outdoor space and patio is decorated with lounge chairs, life-size outdoor games, and whimsical string lights. Once a local airport, Punchbowl Social has transformed this space into a hip restaurant and game center. Don’t miss the picture-worthy paddle boats, they’re “floating” on water!
Perched above the hustle and bustle of Southlands Outdoor Lifestyle Center is the rooftop patio at Bar Louie. This modern American-style gastropub offers domestic and craft beers, flavor-filled cocktails, and a wide selection of other beverages. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, take a look at their happy hour menu, late night snacks, and full entrees.
This locally-operated dig is situated right next to the Anschutz Medical Campus and serves up beer brewed across the street at Ursula Brewing Company. With sun umbrellas, this patio is perfect for enjoying a drink and dinner with the whole family.
Your search for a Colorado beer garden is over! Green Valley Ranch Beer Garden is a tried-and-true version of what makes craft beer taste so good. Discover a variety of local beers on tap, grab a burger and watch the sunset, or play some board games.
This interesting outdoor patio is anything but expected. At Pilothouse Brewing Company visitors can enjoy a nautically themed taproom complete with ship masks to block the sun on the patio. During the spring and summer, you can expect weekly food trucks to set up in the back.
If you’re hosting a larger crowd, the Stanley Beer Hall is equipped with drink variety, food options, and plenty of mountain sunsets to please everyone. Their newly installed “pour your own” tap system hosts craft beer, wine, cider, and even margaritas. Their patio can seat more than 100 people and has string lights that glow into the evening.
Patios aren’t exclusively for beer and wine. Stop by The French Press for an afternoon brunch with all the fixings. This American-style café and bakery has a variety of wholesome breakfast and lunch options, including gourmet salads, eggs and bacon, and Cuban sandwiches. While small, their patio is great for soaking up the sun and enjoying a meal with friends.
Enjoy the summer sun sipping on beers from Aurora’s oldest brewery. With two locations (and two patios!) you can choose your own adventure. The North Dock facility, primarily used for canning and production, recently built an outdoor patio with picnic tables. The South Dock location has outdoor seating nestled against their taproom.
After a day of shopping, the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar might be the perfect oasis. This American-style restaurant is filled with classic dining options and a good variety of beers on tap. Their patio is functional and ideal for peeling through a menu that will please everyone.
Have a drink where the sand hits the water at Pelican Bay at Cherry Creek. Located on the Cherry Creek Reservoir, their outdoor space consists of two different patios that overlook the water. In the summer, enjoy live music on the beach and have a cocktail as the sunsets.