And not just dining. There are plenty of cocktails and brews to be had under the awnings of our city’s patios.
Here’s a list of my favorite places to take in some sun, grab a bite, and sip on something over 3.2%.
Brasserie Ten Ten: Since it’s spring, the patio here is an epic location for a Bloody Mary. If it’s not brunch time and you’d still like to dine and imbibe, hit up their happy hour. They have great deals on house wines and beers each day which makes it an ideal wind-down location after running a business or running around, period.
Aji and Leaf: The patios here stretch alongside 16th Street and are plenty good for people watching, tapas, and cocktails. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, Leaf might appeal to you with their exclusive no-meat fare. Aji has a delightful selection of Latin-inspired fare and cocktails to choose from. You’re also not in the midst of things as people pass by on Pearl, so the outdoor patio experience can be a bit more sedate.
Walnut Brewery: Talk about a serious patio. Grab a beer and a massive plate of (absolutely delicious) nachos and take in the spring air. As one of Boulder’s many brew pubs, you can find exclusive beers brewed by the folks at Walnut as well as a selection of seasonal brews to tempt your palate.
T|aco: The patio is small, but the margaritas and tacos are so good that I don’t care. It’s located right next door to the Walnut Brewery. My tip? Since happy hour starts at 2pm, push your lunch late and head over for some happy hour tacos (only $2.50 each — if you’re vegetarian, you can’t go wrong with the vegetarian tacos) and a Pacifico or Pineapple-Habenero margarita. Those in the mood for something sweet could dive into a plate of the sopaillas.
The Laughing Goat: I have no shame in admitting that this is my “coffice” (coffee shop office) of choice. When the weather is favorable, grab a seat on the patio. It’s great for fresh air, getting things done, and daytime, non-alcohol-fueled people watching. They do serve alcohol (beer and wine) in the evenings, so it’s lovely for an after work hangout with friends as well. There’s a selection of sandwiches and pastries if you’re rumbly in your tumbly.
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