The capital of Colorado, Denver is a charming city that dates back to the Old West era. With an active arts scene, Denver has birthed many prominent musicians and is home to a number of breweries, making its nightlife vibrant with a host of fantastic bars. Best known for its mark on the folk scene, Denver has been home to many well-known artists like Bob Dylan and Judy Collins who have performed in Denver’s diverse mix of bars. Make sure to also take advantage of the city’s mild weather and reputation as active and outdoor-oriented with a trip down to our top rooftop bars in Denver, Colorado.
1. Death & Co Denver
This cocktail bar is sophisticated with a dark and elegant ambience. Though the food is plated to an excellent standard, the cocktails are definitely the star of the show. Each drink is inventive and flavourful, and the entire menu is changed up twice a year to keep things fresh for visitors! The bar is relatively casual and prices hover around USD 11 per cocktail. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in the midst of a magician bartender show while there for the bar often has special events.
Death & Co Denver
Address: 1280 25th St, Denver, CO 80205, United States
Website: Death & Co Denver
Opening hours: Sun - Tue: 3pm - 12am; Wed - Sat: 3pm - 2am
2. Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo
If you’re looking for a good place for a meal and some drinks, then this is the place for you. With fresh seafood of the highest quality, Jax serves the heartiest chowder you’ll ever love. The desserts themselves are decadent and rich, and the refreshing drinks wash everything down while giving you a light buzz. Happy hour prices are reasonable and the ambience is casual with some lovely music playing in the background.
Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo
Address: 1539 17th St, Denver, CO 80202, United States
Website: Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar - LoDo
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11am - 10pm; Fri: 11am - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 9pm
3. El Five
Nestled in a high-rise building above LoHi, El Five offers breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Denver. Those looking for a romantic date location would enjoy watching the gorgeous sun setting over the sprawling Denver skyline on the wide open-air patio. El Five also serves tantalising traditional Spanish cuisine with Eastern Mediterranean influences, offering a unique experience for your tastebuds. Enjoy the trendy atmosphere with some flavourful cocktails hovering around USD 12.
Address: 2930 Umatilla, Denver, CO, Fifth Floor, Denver, CO 80211
Website: El Five
Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 11:30pm; Fri - Sat: 5pm - 12:30am; Sun: 10am - 2pm, 5pm - 11:30pm
Linger is a funky bar located in a former mortuary. With a moody, industrial vibe, the rooftop bar serves a range of different cuisines from Asian to European and even African food. Enjoy a beer for USD 7 or a refreshing cocktail priced at USD 11 as you take in the stunning skyline of downtown Denver. Those with dietary restrictions would be pleased to know that there are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options for you and your friends!
Address: 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211-3882
Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 10pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4pm - 11pm; Sat: 10am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 11pm; Sun: 10am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Mon: 4pm - 10pm
5. ViewHouse Ballpark
Readers interested in catching a game near the Coors Field ballpark should drop by ViewHouse Ballpark for some grilled food and beers. With several indoor and outdoor bar areas, the atmosphere is generally fun and lively. There is even plenty of outdoor seating, including a lawn with cornhole boards for those looking to enjoy the gorgeous sunny Denver weather. The food is flavourful with generous portions, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options as well.
Address: 2015 Market Street, Denver, CO 80205
Website: ViewHouse Ballpark
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat - Sun: 10am - 2am
6. Los Chingones
For those looking for some delicious Mexican food while in Denver may find Los Chingones a refreshing sight. With a modern interior and inventive open floor plan, Los Chingones offers a unique new Mexican dining experience while serving delicious food and drink. With homemade tortillas and the freshest ingredients, each dish is sure to keep you satisfied. The braves among us should definitely try out their rattlesnake tacos for a delicious challenge!
Address: 2461 Larimer St, Denver, CO 80205-2142
Website: Los Chingones
Opening hours: Sun: 11:30am - 9pm; Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 11pm
7. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Those in the area of the ballpark would also enjoy a couple of drinks at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. With a lively atmosphere reminiscent of sports pubs, this bar serves delicious sandwiches and salads, along with a wide range of alcohol at reasonable prices. A hit among locals, this bar offers a casual drinking experience for those just looking for a quick drink. Drop by on a Sunday for some cheerful live music and a good time.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Address: Union Station North 2907 Huron Street; Denver, CO 80202
Website: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 11am - 1am; Fri: 11am - 2am; Sat: 9am - 2am; Sun: 9am - 1am
8. 54thirty Rooftop
54thirty Rooftop is a lovely rooftop bar with a focus on quality service and company. The servers are attentive and warm, and the drinks are incredibly tasty with a wide range of options to choose from. In the colder months, string lights, heaters, and fireplaces abound to keep visitors nice and cozy while watching the sun dipping below the horizon. Hip and trendy, 54thirty has takes what it means to be a bar with good drinks, ambiance and appeal to the next level! The bar is unfortunately still closed for renovations but will be welcoming customers back come April 2020.
Address: 1475 California St 20th Floor, Denver, CO 80202-4212
Website: 54thirty Rooftop
9. Ale House
Denver, Colorado is home to a number of local and national breweries. Readers looking to sample some beers made locally would be keen to drop by Ale House and its generous number of alcoholic drink options. With plenty of roomy seating on the rooftop patio, at the open-air bar, and in the gorgeous dining room, Ale House is the perfect hang-out location to enjoy some cold beers and sunny weather. The service is top-notch and all the tantalising burgers have vegetarian options as well.
Address: 2501 16th St, Denver, CO 80211-3903
Website: Ale House
Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)
10. Avanti Food and Beverage
Arranged in the style of a food hall with open seating, Avanti Food and Beverage offers a variety of options across its two floors and lounges. With a great selection of beers to choose from, this European market-inspired space has a gorgeous indoor and outdoor set on the rooftop with mood string lighting and heaters for colder months. Grab a beer and soak in the vibrant ambience while admiring the sublime view of the nearby river and Denver’s cityscape.
Avanti Food and Beverage
Address: 3200 Pecos Street, Denver, CO
Website: Avanti Food and Beverage
Opening hours: Sun - Wed: 11am – 11pm; Thu - Sat: 11am – 1am
A drinker's haven
With so many bars to choose from, readers are spoilt for choice for their Friday night plans while in Denver, Colorado. Even if you’re only here to catch a baseball game or visit family, Denver has lovely weather and an active bar scene so be sure not to miss out on the chance to unwind at some of the top rooftop bars we chose. Better yet, go on a pub crawl around town!
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