The towering Flatirons are famed throughout the west for the breathtaking skyline that they draw just above Boulder Valley. These sandstone slabs were named by the pioneer women who first settled the area for their resemblance to metal irons used for pressing clothes and have captured the imagination of all who have entered the valley since.
Some like to climb these multi-pitched monoliths, others ditch the ropes and merely run and scramble straight to the top. But, for the less daring, they are always there to provide an awe inspiring view. And what better way to take in this view than on a patio, sipping a local brew, and eating a delicious meal?
Boulder restaurants and brewpubs were quick to fill customer's demand for this one-of-a-kind view by building rooftop and street side patios. Our list serves up the best of the best, including The Rio Grande with its delightful rooftop paradise offering a view of the Flatirons and Green Mountain all to the tinkling sound of its colorful fountain.
Other favorites on our list include the bawdy West End Tavern and Lazy Dog. These bars serves excellent drinks, food, and provide commanding views of Boulder Valley and the Flatirons.
Though there are a few selections on our list that don't offer a view of the mountains, the do offer relaxed, shaded seating, well worth your time.
So drink up, get out, and enjoy the roofs, patios, and views of Boulder, Colorado.