16 cozy and warm spaces to dine al fresco in Denver this winter

Greenhouses on the roofs of Linger.

Lucie Beaugard

Denver isn’t as wintry as outsiders tend to assume – especially not this year, when the city tied its 134-year record for straight days without snowfall – but neither is Miami, therefore providing a year round outdoor service takes some effort.

Granted, that effort was aided by pandemic-era restrictions on dining room capacity, which forced many restaurant and bar operators to invest in other seating options. So while many patios are dependent on weather conditions throughout the season, many are now expressly built to withstand the cold. In some cases, that just means they’re decked out with propane heaters and fire pits for intrepid outdoor enthusiasts to collect; in others, it means that there are tents, greenhouses, bungalows, yurts, and other indoor-outdoor structures in place that may require reservations and even advance payment. TLDR: Call ahead to make sure the table in the sun is available.

Note: This map is classified geographically from north to south. Do you have any other suggestions? Leave a comment below.

Health experts consider dining out as a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk to those vaccinated, especially in areas with high COVID transmission. Please be aware of changing local rules and check each restaurant’s websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

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