Denver’s Cozy Patios: Where Winter Dining is a Warm Delight

BY Steph Wilson


Denver’s dining scene never hibernates, not even when the mercury takes a dip. While the weather this season has been far from frightful, that doesn’t mean we want to dine alfresco without the comfort of a warming heater making our pleasant evenings even more delightful. Remember when local restaurateurs, in a bold move to outsmart the pandemic, unveiled a slew of heated and covered dining havens? These spots aren’t just for braving the cold; they’re year-round retreats that transform dining into an al fresco adventure, regardless of the season.

Here’s your go-to guide to six of Denver’s finest patios, where the chill in the air is just an excuse to revel in the warmth of great company and even better food.


Stanley Marketplace -2501 Dallas St. #108, Aurora

This place in Stanley Market is everybody’s go-to favorite outdoor hotspot during Denver’s chilliest months when the sun couldn’t be farther away. Here, dining is an art, with a menu that celebrates the seasons. Celebrate yourself in their cozy yurt or under the stars on their covered patio.

Stoic & Genuine

1701 Wynkoop St. Denver, CO

Located in the heart of downtown, Stoic & Genuine extends the happy hour magic with its partially heated and covered patio. Overlooking the bustling Union Station, this seafood sanctuary offers a front-row seat to Denver’s urban scene  Every bite is a reminder of Colorado’s sunshine, even on the chilliest days.

Recess Beer Garden

2715 17th St. Denver

This LoHi casual watering hole is a local favorite for good reason—the vibes are always high, and the chill is strictly in the air. Its spacious patio, equipped with ample heaters, ensures a playfully warm atmosphere. 

The Family Jones Spirit House

3245 Osage St. Denver

Imagine sipping an Earl Grey Hot Toddy or a classic Old Fashioned inside a heated dome, right on the streets of Denver. The Family Jones Spirit House offers this intimate experience with five heated domes, each seating up to five people. It’s an urban escape that’s just a reservation away.


2015 Market St. Denver

With a colossal TV and a cozy setup, you won’t miss a single play, all while staying snug and protected from the elements. It’s a go-to spot for game days or any day that calls for some spirited fun.

The Golden Mill

1012 Ford St., Golden

Golden’s après adventure hotspot, The Golden Mill, now boasts firepits on both its rooftop and lower lot patios. With an impressive array of food stalls and over 50 self-pour taps, it’s a community favorite for those seeking a lively, outdoor atmosphere any time of the year

Ace Eat Serve

501 E 17th Ave. Denver

This heated patio, enclosed with glass walls, is an invitation to dine, drink, and dive into a game of ping pong. With a duo of ping pong tables, standing heaters, and fire pits, it’s where winter nights find their energetic pulse. And if the chill gets to you, their dim sum and steamy bao buns are perfect for a warm-up.


Steph Wilson

Steph Wilson is a writer, editor, and creative maximalist in Denver. She makes magazines for a living and throws color around the world like confetti for fun.

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