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Best Rooftop Restaurants and Bars in Denver

Denver’s vibrant and eclectic food scene is one of the fastest-growing in the nation. One way to experience the expanse of bars, pubs, restaurants, and eateries is from high up. With sweeping views of the iconic skyline and breathtaking sunsets over the Rocky Mountains, the Mile High City boasts some of the country’s best rooftop restaurant decks. Some have a pool to cool you off in the summer, while others have fire pits for those chilly Colorado evenings. There’s one thing for sure, every one of the restaurants below offers something unique you won’t want to miss!


El Five

Created by Justin Cucci, one of Denver’s most prolific restaurateurs, El Five is located on the fifth story of a LoHi office building, providing the eatery with exceptional views of the surrounding area and stunning Denver skyline. But the eye candy doesn’t stop at the panorama: the rooftop decor is unmistakably hip and artistic, pulling inspiration from vintage Turkish posters and paintings, all with a modern twist.

“Creating dishes without a home country,” El Five’s assembly of the Tapas De Gibraltar is a melting pot of Mediterranean dishes. Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon, this culinary experience is truly one of a kind. In tandem, the drinks are nothing short of gourmet. Inspired by Spanish gin and tonics, the cocktails are brilliantly infused with herbs and fruits, leaving a gold rush of flavors for the palate. If you’re looking for a full-blown sensory expedition complete with stunning views, then this is your place to go. Brought to you by the same mind that conceived Denver favorites, including Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox, Linger, and Root Down, El Five is a true treat for the senses. 

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El Five Denver Rooftop
El Five Denver Rooftop View

Kisbee on the Roof – Jacquard Hotel

Nestled atop the tallest hotel in Cherry Creek, the experience at Kisbee on the Roof is quintessentially art decor Miami circa 1970. Picture the elevator doors opening. You immediately enter a slick, modern bar with a panoramic of downtown, backdropped by sprawling mountain peaks. Turn to your left, and the remaining two-thirds of the rooftop belongs to Jacquard Hotel’s private pool, encapsulated with trees and shrubs for privacy.

During the afternoon, you are so high up, all you can hear are the birds chirping. As the day grows older, the story is quite different. At about 5 pm, people start rolling in, the energy on the ascend. By nightfall, the vibe is alive.  It is loud and exciting, music is playing, the sound of ice crushing inside metal cocktail shakers. You are on top of the world! Although reservations are not required at Kisbee on the Roof, they are permitted, and we would recommend making one, as this hidden gem gets busy!

Kisbee on the Roof - Jacquard Hotel
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Jax Fish House Glendale

An energetic, non-traditional fish house bringing flavors of the American coast to the Rocky Mountains. Jax Fish House has five fabulous locations in Colorado, but the rooftop deck at the Glendale location is a sight for sore eyes. Enjoy any of their classically crafted cocktails paired with fresh seafood while relishing a dazzling sunset over the eastern slope.

There are obvious risks to shipping fresh oysters from the coasts to a land-locked state like Colorado. Jax Fish House found a way to mitigate any mystery surrounding their fresh oysters by working with Rappahannock River Oysters (RRO) in Virginia to develop the Emersum Oyster. This oyster is exclusive to the restaurant. And, for every Emersum oyster grown, a dozen wild oysters are seeded. It’s clear that this local seafood spot is committed to sustainability. Jax restaurants were the first in Colorado and Missouri to receive a certification by Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, one of the leaders in globally sustainable seafood. So go ahead: enjoy your oysters, your wine, and your immaculate view of the Rocky Mountains, all while knowing that you’re also supporting a business dedicated to environmental preservation.

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Jax Fish House Glendale
Jax Fish House Glendale

The Irish Rover

The Irish Rover is a classic Irish pub offering a warm, friendly, and rugged vibe only found on South Broadway. If you’re looking for a casual and relaxed way to spend your afternoon or evening, this is the rooftop for you. This pub prides itself on being a place to meet new friends or celebrate with old ones, and it’s easy to see why. The go-with-the-flow atmosphere and spacious rooftop allow for plenty of socializing, all while enjoying an eclectic assortment of delicious beers on tap.

Offering pub food with a twist, you’ll find a wide variety of familiar and flavorful treats to enjoy. There’s plenty to savor with your cold beer, from Fried Egg Burgers and Southwest Chicken Salads to Tempura Shrimp and Irish Breakfasts. And if you find yourself lucky enough to be at this great spot on the weekend, you can pop in for brunch, complete with breakfast skillets and french toast galore. Are you looking to mix it up a little? Every day has different specials and events! From Open Mic Nights to Trivia to Taco Tuesdays, there’s always something to put a smile on your face at this traditional Irish pub.  This rooftop deck experience is genuinely a Wash Park gem. 

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The Irish Rover
The Irish Rover

Elevated at Halcyon Cherry Creek

Elevated, a rooftop bar located atop the Halcyon Hotel in Cherry Creek is the definition of luxury. With gorgeous views of the mountains and the larger Cherry Creek area, the vibe errs on the side of the ultra-chic and sophisticated.  Elevated finds the prime intersection between classy and creative by offering plenty of fun cocktails, including Fruit Punch Pouches and Frosé.  The food and snacks provided include items like fish tacos, queso, and grass-fed cheeseburgers. If you happen to find yourself there on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, additional menu items are available, including grilled flatbread and artisanal hot dogs. So go ahead: treat yourself!

The second half of the rooftop is a gorgeous private pool with lounge chairs and umbrellas for hotel guests. Even if you live in Denver, we recommend booking a weekend stay at the Halcyon in the summer just to experience the sunset while sipping champagne in the pool.  

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Elevated @ Halcyon
Elevated at Halcyon

Avanti F&B

Avanti F&B has an expansive rooftop deck showcasing spectacular views of downtown, the Rocky Mountains, and LoHi neighborhood. The dynamic assortment of food and beverages is unique to only Avanti. They regularly change their indoor food trucks to keep their menus fresh and customers coming back for more.  

You can choose from their wide selection of wines, specialty cocktails, or the twenty draft beers they offer, as well as almost any cuisine you can imagine to pair with your drink of choice. From Nashville-style hot chicken, Thai street skewers, and Venezuelan arepas, you can quickly quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings by popping into this unique restaurant concept. Avanti also offers plenty of events to enjoy every week. Get the most out of the incredible rooftop experience by joining in on a weekly watch party! The Summer Movie Series at Avanti is offered every Thursday at 9 pm, where you can watch fan-favorite films projected on the rooftop and even partake in movie-specific cocktails. Or, if you want to venture through the rest of the building, you can go down to the lounge on Comedy Nights featuring Denver’s up-and-coming comics or even pop in for Trivia Nights every Monday at 7 pm. 

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Avanti Rooftop
Avanti Rooftop

Del Frisco’s Grille Cherry Creek

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is a chain of over 12 restaurants nationwide, providing consistently delicious American cuisine since 1981. The Cherry Creek location, Del Frisco’s Grille, is the second in Colorado and embodies the perfect blend of hip and classical. The restaurant is split into two rooms on the first floor, making for a unique design. An oversized bar, high-top tables, and leather booths occupy the south side, while a traditional dining area with wine bottle-covered walls decorate the north room. 

The magic of Del Frisco’s Grille continues when you venture upstairs to the rooftop bar on the second floor. With spectacular panoramic views of Cherry Creek, this large outdoor area offers a full menu, fire pit tables, umbrellas for shade, and stays open until 11 pm during the summer. With one of the best happy hours in Cherry Creek, we recommend the Cheesesteak Egg Rolls and Jumbo Lump Crab Cake, paired with an Old Fashion or practically anything off their extensive wine list. Be sure to try the 16oz USDA Prime Ribeye with sweet potato fries and truffled Mac & Cheese for dinner. The original Colorado Del Frisco’s is located on Orchard Road in Greenwood Village. Both are excellent steakhouses where you’ll find nothing short of elegant dining and extraordinary American cuisine. 

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Del Friscos
Del Friscos

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro

Ya Ya’s Euro Bistro epitomizes traditional Mediterranean cuisine in a sophisticated, upscale setting.  Located in Greenwood Village, smack in the middle of I-25 and the Denver Tech Center, Ya Ya’s is great for casual diners, business meetings, or private events. With a seasonal menu that changes daily, this family-owned and operated restaurant is committed to supporting local farmers throughout Colorado. In addition to Lunch and Dinner, Ya Ya’s also serves their infamous brunch on Sundays. We recommend the finger-licking Stuffed French Toast or hearty Eggs Benedict. 

The outdoor area at Ya Ya’s is more of a patio than a rooftop, but with spectacular views overlooking Greenwood Village, we had to include it on our list. Most rooftop decks ooze happy hours and excitement. On the contrary, Ya Ya’s deck is unconventionally calm and serene, perched above a small pond overlooking Crescent Park. With jazz playing softly in the background, you can hear ducks waddle in the pond below, the wind softly ruffling Karl Foerster Grass, and water trickling from the fountain. This outdoor space is by far the quietest and most serene rooftop deck in the Denver metro. Sit, relax, and enjoy a glass of wine or cappuccino at Ya Ya’s on a peaceful summer evening. 

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Ya Ya's  Rooftop
Ya Ya’s Rooftop

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Best Playgrounds in the Denver Metro Area

Central Park Denver Playground
Central Park Playground

As parents, we are constantly searching for new ways to engage our children in outdoor activities. Fortunately, Denver is blessed to have one of the best park systems in the nation. Most of our parks have fantastic playgrounds you can take your kids for an afternoon of fun in the sun. Below is our list of the best playgrounds in Denver. Did we leave any off the list you think should have made it?


Criteria For Making The List 

Fun 

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These playgrounds are a blast for the kiddos.  When you leave, they’ll beg to come back.   

Safety

Safety is a top criterion, so don’t worry about taking an eye off the little ones for a minute.  You deserve to relax while they play.

Neighborhood

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Burning off all that energy at the park will mean it’s time to fuel up.  These neighborhoods offer great restaurants and waterholes.


Washington Park

Wash Park is 161 acres of entertainment in the heart of the city. This massive outdoor space has almost everything you’d desire in a park, from volleyball to tennis, basketball to paddleboards, and even an indoor recreation center.

But, most importantly, for the kids’ enjoyment, on the east side of the park, you’ll find a large playground containing several slides, a tire swing, a climbing station, and a miniature bike path.  After the kiddos finish sweating it out, cruise over to Old Gaylord Street for lunch or grab coffee at Wash Perk (making our list of best coffee shops in Denver). 

Washington Park Denver Playground
Washington Park Denver Playground

Central Park 

Central Park, located in the neighborhood formerly known as Stapleton, is one of the most desirable and child-friendly areas in northeast Denver.  Central Park is a design masterpiece, with natural vegetation co-existing next to sports fields, sand areas, and even a sensory area filled with chimes and drums.

It’s a showcase for some of the fantastic modern trends in playground design. For a post-park bite to eat, walk over to Stanley Marketplace – a collection of over 50+ independently owned Colorado businesses. 

Central Park Playground Denver
Central Park Playground Denver

Westlands Park

This 25-acre park is a must-visit that won’t disappoint! The play area is quite diverse, with a village of playhouses, a hillside slide, an observation tower, and a flower and sculpture garden. It’s a gorgeous park that showcases a well-thought-out design, resulting in a fantastic area for kids to have fun and parents to relax.

Bring your sports equipment because you won’t want to miss out on pickleball and basketball.  Afterward, take a short drive over to YaYa’s Euro Bistro and sit outside by the artificial lake overlooking Greenwood Village.  

Westland Park Playground Greenwood Village CO
Westland Park Playground Greenwood Village

Gates Crescent Park

Located on the western bank of the Platte River, Gates Crescent Park is ideal for younger kids.  The suspension bridge is the main playground feature, filled with ropes and climbing ladders. There’s also a trolley that goes around the outside of the park. Your kids will love climbing on a handful of giant rocks and playing on the traditional playground resting below the suspension bridge. 

Parents can enjoy a picturesque view of Mile High Stadium and Elitch Gardens Amusement Park. If the kids aren’t quite worn out after a couple of hours of play, take them to The Children’s Museum – located just a couple of blocks away.  You can grab a bite to eat inside while getting a respite from the sun. 

Gates Crescent Park Playground Denver CO
Gates Crescent Park Playground Denver

City Park Denver

City Park is the most historic park in all of Denver. It’s central not only in location but also in its cultural importance to Mile High City. Here you’ll find the Zoo and the Natural History Museum, along with a wide variety of events taking place every weekend, from Jazz in the Park to art festivals.

However, it’s also a wonderful place to take the kids, filled with open spaces, numerous playgrounds, and a beautiful lake where you can rent paddleboards. It’s the perfect oasis from the hectic pace of city life. Afterward, take a stroll down 17th Ave for a bite to eat at countless local favorites, including Dos Santos, White Pie, or Olive and Finch

City Park Playground Denver
City Park Playground Denver Colorado

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OK, we may have cheated a bit with this one. It’s not technically a city park; it’s a playground at an outlet mall. However, it’s a sprawling, fantastic playground with so many slides, swings, and climbing areas your kids will be busy for hours. It’s also ok to bring the kids here even if you’re not doing any shopping. 

After your kiddos have finished jumping and climbing around, check out the outlet mall, littered with an abundance of fantastic shops such as Under Armour, Kate Spade, and Hugo Boss. We recommend dining at Rise Pies, Charley’s Philly Steaks, or Sachi Sushi for a little post-play fuel. Thornton is a delightful unknown suburb of Denver that you’ll be sure to want to return and explore more. 

Thornton Colorado Premium Outlets Playground
Thornton Colorado Premium Outlets Playground

Denver Rock Park

Many parks end up having very similar layouts and attractions. However, some have some excellent options off the beaten path, like this Central Park neighborhood favorite. It’s smaller in size than some of the other options on our list, but it offers some unique opportunities for rock climbing. So if you think your kids might be interested in this outdoor Colorado activity, this is an excellent place for them to try rock climbing safely.

Central Park, formerly known as Stapleton, is one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Denver and filled with excellent dining and shopping options. We recommend cruising over to Stanley Market Place or Northfield Shopping Mall.  We promise your children won’t go hungry after burning energy on the rock climbing wall!

Rock Park Playground in Central Park
Rock Park Playground in Central Park

Estates Park

This Golden park has an elevation of over 6,000 feet with incredible views of the Foothills and Downtown Denver. The centerpiece is a skyscraper-esque slide sure to delight any adventurous kid. There are also tennis courts at the park, so be sure to bring rackets and balls. 

Downtown Golden is a short drive away for a quick bite to eat. Stroll down Washington and Ford street and take in all this cute little Colorado town has to offer. 

Golden Colorado's Estate Park Playground
Golden Colorado’s Estate Park Playground