The patio at Bamboo Sushi. (Lucy Beaugard, provided by Bamboo)With warmer weather upon us (or so we hope — this is Colorado after all), Denver’s many patios and rooftops are being brought back to life with furniture, umbrellas and sunny happy hours.
Here are five new patios that will be open for your brunching, cocktail-ing and more this summer.
Bamboo Sushi opened the doors of its brick and mortar in November after testing the waters at Avanti, and the sleek industrial space is ready to open the 50-seat patio for its inaugural summer. The outdoor space mimics the wood and iron feel of the indoor area, has flexible seating to accommodate larger groups, and features greenery throughout to soften the modern edges. Hang there when the restaurant launches its brunch on May 19, or stay into the evening sipping shochu and noshing on offerings from the new sustainable spring menu. Bamboo Sushi, 2715 17th St., 303-284-6600, bamboosushi.com
The patio at Punch Bowl Social, Stapleton. (Amber Boutwell, Provided by Punch Bowl Social)The Stapleton outpost of Punch Bowl Social opened last fall to much fanfare, reinventing what was once the air control tower of Denver’s former airport. Combining celeb chef Hugh Acheson’s southern-inspired eats (yes, there will be pimento cheese) and games, the new patio space is one of the city’s largest at 14,000 square feet. While there are plenty of things to enjoy indoors (bowling, anyone?) the outdoor space opens on May 3 and features bocce courts, ping pong, giant Jenga, corn hole, a fire pit and an astro-turf lined “pool” with everything but the water. Punch Bowl Social, 3120 N. Uinta St., 720-500-3788, punchbowlsocial.com
Julep is chef Kyle Foster’s special blend of his Southern roots and days at Rebel and Colt & Gray, with a menu of elevated classics. Grab a spot on the patio to people watch while you snack on a deviled eggs and scrapple fries and sip a vieux carre (or a hurricane if you’re feeling frisky). Julep, 3258 Larimer St., 303-295-8977, juleprino.com
Machete expanded its taco-centric empire this year with a new location on East Colfax, complete with a patio that features fire pits to warm guests on chilly spring nights. Its third restaurant is its largest yet, full of large papier-mache figures reminiscent of those seen in Mexico. The patio is the place to be to sample their menu of Mexico City-style street tacos and top-shelf margs. Machete, 3570 E. Colfax Ave., 303-593-1525, machetedenver.com
RiNo’s Beckon and Call restaurants. (Allyson Reedy, The Know)Call is helmed by cracker king Craig Lieberman of neighboring 34 Degrees and Chef Duncan Holmes, formerly of Frasca. The 900-square-foot bungalow is one of the last buildings standing in what was once the outskirts of town, and the duo (along with beverage director Allison Anderson) has transformed the space into European/Scandinavian-style café. Serving coffee, pastries, cakes, soups, salad and sandwiches, you can enjoy your meal on the enclosed patio, which it shares with its soon-to-open counterpart, Beckon. Call, 2845 Larimer St., 303-954-0230, call-denver.com
Still want more? Check out our complete list of rooftops and patios in Denver.
For some bonus sunning, here are some other places we’ve told you about so far this year: