Brews and Views: Boulder's Best Outdoor Dining and Drinking

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.


The Lazy Dog Sports Bar

The All-American sports bar and grill offers up burgers and fries with a side of Football and, on the late night, dancing. Friday and Saturday nights offer live music from local and national bands. Their downtown location with a rooftop view is...  Read More

Located just outside Boulder in quaint Louisville, Colorado The Huckleberry is known for its fresh, delicious, and all-American food. Breakfast and brunch are the time of day when this place really shines, with a variety of eggs benedicts,...  Read More


Owned by a true Nepalese mountain man, Sherpa Pemba spent his childhood in the Everest region and acted as a guide on more than 20 ascents over 20,000 ft. Colorado acts as his home away from home and his restaurant is an authentic homage to...  Read More

With over 27 TVs, 2 pool tables and an amazing rooftop dining area, Harpo's Bar and Grill is THE place to be on a sunny day before, after, or during a big game. Your choice of delicious pub-style grub ranger from chicken fingers and nachos,...  Read More

Walnut Cafe

Touted as Boulder's favorite breakfast and lunch joint for 25 years, the Walnut Cafe offers delicious favorites such as the Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Burrito, and a Quiche of the Day. Specialty Sandwiches such as the Boulder Melt and Hot...  Read More

This local brewery offers some of the best refreshments in the area and is perfect to visit after a long hike at Chautauqua Park. One of their most popular beers, the Colorado Kind Ale, is dry hopped deliciousness and should be paired with one...  Read More

This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Offering a...  Read More

The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Rio Grande

Serving some of the best authentic Mexican cuisine for lunch including, their Lunch Combo-half a quesadilla and your choice of soup or salad. For something a bit more calorie packed, the Rio's Custom nachos offer a concoction of cheese, your...  Read More

Claiming to serve cocktails with "passion, not pretense" the Bitter Bar is an elegant, albeit slightly trendy, bar located just off of Boulder's famous Pearl Street Mall. Tucked away on Walnut, Bitter Bar offers patio seating for some sunbathing...  Read More

West End's motto of "Definitely Not Your Daddy's Tavern" rings true. Take in a beautiful Rocky Mountain sunset or enjoy an evening under the stars on the cozy rooftop patio at this popular and local spot. The interior is comfortably designed...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope

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