The warm weather has everyone itching to get outside and enjoy being at altitude. Denver is famous for its rooftop dining culture, and for good reason. With 300+ days of sunshine a year and mountain vistas that look like they’re straight out of a painting, dining in Denver is picture-perfect. So, get in on the trend of dining out with these amazing rooftop restaurants in Denver. Denver’s restaurant scene makes it easy to spread out and enjoy the scenery in the age of social distancing.
As one of the most happening rooftops in RiNo, Los Chingones is a Mexican cantina with a modern flair. Inspired by the culture south of the border, think funky décor with a hipster twist. Waste away the day sipping on fruit-forward margs and tasty tacos, or attend one of their fun events like the Tequila University or trivia night. Multiple locations exist throughout Colorado, from the DTC to Colorado Mills.
If you’re looking for an all-day brunch that features everyone’s favorite breakfast meat (bacon…duh), then the Bacon Social House is for you. Situated in the newly upgraded downtown Littleton, this historic building – built in 1907 – has a fantastic rooftop with views of Denver and the mighty Rocky Mountains. Sure, it’s not technically located downtown, but you can nosh on a delectable bacon flight while soaking up much-loved skyline views.
Nestled in the heart of LoHi, Avanti F&B is the best of it all: a food court, rooftop bar, and patio. A selection of rotating tenants serves up everything from mom’s Italian lasagna to Argentinian Choripáns with short-term leases that give intrepid restaurateurs the chance to try out a new concept with relatively low risk. Make it a food crawl with tasters from around the world, and then head upstairs to wash it down with a cocktail under the setting sun. Don’t forget about trivia night – the SMARTY PARTY every Monday evening.
Denver’s highest open-air bar is the chic rooftop at the Le Méridien. The place to see and be seen, the name comes from the official altitude, 5,430 feet above the sea level. Known for incredible drinks and light bites, 54thirty is a great after-work spot to socialize. Just remember a light jacket in case the wind is blowing.
A mortuary-turned-restaurant, Linger may sound macabre but is actually one of Denver’s most iconic restaurants and a great date night spot. Small plates inspired by street food from around the world, snag a signature drink out of the rooftop VW van bar munching on delectable Sriracha duck wings as you watch the light bounce off the buildings in the fading light. There are picture-perfect views of downtown to the east, and to the west, you can spot the snowy peaks of the Continental Divide. Just be sure to save room for the Little Man Ice Cream below.
LoDo’s ViewHouse has always been a hopping place for drinking downtown. Just steps from Coors Field, the baseball stadium, it’s one of the best places to pre-game or post-game a lazy Saturday afternoon. And while the rooftop is incredible, what sets ViewHouse apart is its lawn. It’s a great place to meet up with friends or meet people for a game of bags or volleyball as you snack on bar food from locally sourced farms. Oh, and checking out a sunset over the Rockies while perched in the heart of Denver’s bar district is pretty spectacular too.