Fireworks, parades and barbecues: Independence Day is an annual celebration of all things inherently American. And with the holiday falling on a weekend this year, Denverites have multiple opportunities to marvel at the explosions in the sky: festivities commence on Friday, July 3 at Civic Center Park with free fireworks and continue into Saturday, July 4, with fireworks at Elitch Gardens and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
This year, consider trading out the blanket and lawn chairs for a barstool and a view. Below are some of the best Denver rooftop patios to celebrate freedom.
Where: 2461 Larimer St., Denver
The Low Down: Since late 2013, this two-story taqueria has been churning out unconventional Mexican tapas and drinks in RiNo. While appetizers like the Colorado empanadas and chorizo fundido are killer, the real draw is the eccentric taco menu, which includes Kobe beef, salmon ceviche and octopus options. Grab a seat on the sleek roof deck and take in the Larimer Street scene.
Drink: The refreshing T&T, which combines tequila and Tang, or a Mexican Coke.
Eat: Seriously, any of the tacos. The Tres Pigs Nachos—featuring a trifecta of house chorizo, bacon and crispy pig ear—are also mouth-watering.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Where: 2907 Huron St., Denver, CO
The Low Down: This newcomer in the hot Prospect Park ‘hood has already created a buzz with its home-style cooking and whiskey-forward drink menu. As the latest addition to the Tavern Hospitality Group, the watering hole still retains the laid-back vibe of its sister spots. However, the menu and décor elevate WTF way beyond your average sports bar. Come for the whiskey, stay for the views, food and friendly vibes.
Drink: Whiskey: neat, or in a classic cocktail.
Eat: Fried chicken. WTF’s take on the classic dish is crispy and delectable.
Historians Ale House
Where: 24 Broadway St., Denver
The Low Down: This South Broadway haunt is slowly becoming a Baker staple. And with its rotating 40-tap beer system, locally sourced pub food, and westward facing rooftop patio, it’s no surprise why. Come early for the best views: the bar is hosting a Fourth of July Rooftop Party—which will include $3.50 red, white and blue shots—and promises the best fireworks views on Broadway.
Drink: Local beer: Bull & Bush is the featured brewery for July.
Eat: Celebrate freedom the Denver way with a plate of green chili fries.
Where: 1920 Blake St., Denver
The Low Down: This newly opened rooftop beer garden above Hayters, only a block from Coors Field, is an amalgamation of all things local. With an impressive all-Colorado tap list and the largest selection of Colorado spirits in Denver, Tap Fourteen is sure to inundate you with feelings of pride. Picnic tables, lawn games, and Astroturf line the patio and the south-facing views of downtown are hard to beat.
Drink: Ask for your favorite Colorado beer. With 70 on tap, there’s a chance Tap Fourteen has it.
Eat: Try the duck fat fries and candy bacon.
Where: 2030 W. 30th Ave., Denver
The Low Down: If anywhere benefits from LoHi’s lofty location, it’s Linger. The skyline views are impressive and pair perfectly with the restaurant’s international street food and inventive cocktails. If you’re hungry, the restaurant will be running a special three-course, prix-fixe Americana menu for $30. Grab a bite from the tapas-focused menu and enjoy the fireworks. Who knew that celebrating independence in a former mortuary could be so fitting?
Drink: A refreshing New Saigon cocktail—the perfect sipper for summer nights.
Eat: Order a few plates to share. We recommend starting with the Crispy Cheese & Roasted Shishito Peppers and Devil’s on Horseback.